Surprise City Court
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The Surprise City Court is located at the far west end of the Public Safety Building, at the corner of Paradise Lane and Civic Center Plaza.
Click here for a location map.
Directions from Litchfield Road:
- From Litchfield Road, turn West on Statler Blvd. (Statler Blvd. is located between Bell Road and Greenway Road)
- Proceed until the first Stop sign. Turn North onto Paradise Lane.
- Proceed around the bend until you reach Civic Center Plaza.
For further directions, click the location map above.
Payment Drop Box
You can drop off violation payments to the Court in a specially designated payment drop box located in front of the Court near the mailboxes. The payment drop box is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No cash payments please.
About the Surprise City Court
The Surprise City Court handles cases ranging from minor traffic violations to Class 1 misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine, plus surcharges.
The Court is a separate branch of city government and a part of the statewide court system, subject to the authority of the Supreme Court.
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Surprise Municipal Court’s primary function is to fairly and impartially adjudicate all cases filed in the court and to effectively obtain compliance with the court’s orders. We also provide the best possible service to the public by courteously and promptly answering questions and assisting all persons having business at the court, and by ensuring proper and timely accounting for both the judicial and financial activities of the Court. We pledge to faithfully execute the judicial and administrative duties of the Municipal Court as prescribed by law.
We are committed to upholding and enforcing the law, and to safeguarding the individual rights and liberties of all persons who come before the court. We promise to obey the letter and spirit of the law, the Code of Judicial Conduct, and all other standards as set by the Arizona Supreme Court.
The mission of the Surprise City Court is to provide excellent customer service. In return the Court expects all visitors to respect the Court and its staff. Here are some important tips you should know before visiting the Court:
- It is important that visitors understand the appropriate dress code for the Court. The Court is a place of business and visitors should wear clean, fitted clothes. Shirt and shoes are required. Please remove your hat before entering any courtroom.
- All pagers, cell phones, and personal alarms should be turned off prior to entering a courtroom.
- It is also important to know that ALL weapons are strictly prohibited from the building. Do not attempt to bring in any prohibited items. The Court will not hold any prohibited items in the lobby for pick-up. Leave these items at home.
- People entering the courthouse must pass through a metal detector and may be subject to search. Purses, briefcases, or other containers will also be subject to search. Weapons, including but not limited to, pocketknives, tools, mace, or other personal protection devices are strictly prohibited inside the court facility.
If you require special ADA accommodations inside the Court building, please call 623-222-4800 (TTY 623.222.4802) at least three (3) days prior to Court appearance.
The Surprise City Court has full-time security personnel who are stationed at the main entrance to the court. Everyone who visits the court must pass through a metal detector. In addition, your personal belongings may be subject to search. The following is a list of items that are not allowed into the courthouse under any circumstances:
Weapons. This includes, but is not limited to, guns (with or without a concealed weapons permit), knives (including Swiss Army and Leatherman tools), chains, mace, and batons. The Court's definition of weapons also includes items that could be used as weapons. These include, but are not limited to, various tools, kitchen utensils, and metal files.
Please note this list is not exhaustive and security has full discretion when deciding what may or may not be brought into the courthouse.