City Court Overview

Fiscal Year 2021/22

Mission Statement

To serve the community and protect individual rights by providing fair and prompt administration of justice.

Programs

The following programs are included in this department:

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*Full Time Equivalent Employee (FTE)

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Department Expenses

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Significant Changes

The adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2021/22 of $11,796,980 reflects an increase of $185,240 from the Fiscal Year 2020/21 Adopted Budget. Major changes include the following:


  • Increase in salary and employee related expenses by $406,540
  • Decrease in COVID-19 disaster relief funding by $200,000

Trends

The signing of the new legislations will have a significant impact on court revenues and workload related with the passing of Proposition 207-Marijuana Legalization or Smart and Safe Arizona Act and Senate Bill 1551. Proposition 207 allows a person who has been arrested for, charged with, adjudicated or convicted by trial or plea of or sentenced for specified offenses to petition the court to have the marijuana related criminal record expunged. Proposition 207 will also impose a 16% excise tax on marijuana sales to fund public programs for the State of Arizona. Senate Bill 1551 ends the practice of suspending or restricting a person's driver's license for failure to pay a civil penalty, surcharge, or assessment alone. The bill also reinstates the driving privileges of Arizona drivers whose licenses had been suspended or restricted for failure to pay civil traffic violations only.

Accomplishments

Tucson City Court upgraded all courtrooms with new audio-visual equipment that allows for easy access for virtual hearings. The court constructed a new spacious Jury Assembly room on the 6th floor of the courthouse, which accommodates summoned jurors to assemble at Tucson City Court rather than at Pima County Superior Court.

Future Objectives

Tucson City Court continues to enhance their customer service delivery. The Court was awarded COVID-19 relief funding through the CARES Act and a CESF Grant to assist with additional expenses incurred due to the pandemic. These funds paid for overtime work for staff due to the increased workload and backlogs, it also paid to staff the Night Court, and offer extended evening hours to the Public utilizing an outside public service window. Tucson City Court continues to develop problem solving courts and restorative justice service models to facilitate public access to court services.