Welcome to the Buckeye Municipal Court
Under supervision of presiding Judge Maria Brewer, our City court has jurisdiction over criminal misdemeanors, traffic citations, city code violations, orders of protection and injunctions prohibiting harassment. This page answers commonly asked questions regarding court procedures and activities.
Defensive Driving School Program
You may be eligible to take a court-certified traffic safety course in lieu of a traffic citation. If you do, points will not be assessed to your motor vehicle record and your insurance rates will not be affected. You will also learn (or relearn) traffic laws, valuable information, and driving techniques. For a list of Arizona Certified Schools by location, and for pricing, registration and other related information, go to the Arizona Supreme Court Website or call 1-888-334-5565.
What is a Criminal Arraignment?
It is the court hearing where you are advised of the charges filed against you and informed of your rights in the matter. All Criminal charges filed in this court are Misdemeanors. You will either plead Not Guilty, Guilty, or No Contest. In some cases, the prosecutor will meet with you and you can decide how you’d like to plead. The prosecutor is the attorney for the state, not your attorney. In most cases, the Court can appoint an attorney for you if you qualify. You always have the right to plead Not Guilty. If the prosecutor cannot meet with you at the time of arraignment, a plea of not guilty will be entered and you must return to court for a pretrial conference, usually within approximately 30 days.
How to Request a Court Continuance
If circumstances arise that prohibit you from appearing at the Buckeye Municipal Court on the date and time indicated on your summons, subpoena or citation, do not simply ignore the information. This can result in a warrant being issued for your arrest, and/or suspension of your driving privileges. Instead, request a court continuance. You have two ways to do it:
- In person. Appear prior to your court date at the Buckeye Municipal Court, 21749 W. Yuma Rd.. Suite 101 Buckeye, AZ. 85326, between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Thursday.
- By fax. Send your request for a continuance to (623) 349-6511 prior to your court date. Please make sure all faxes contain your full name, case number, current mailing address, and phone number.
For more information about court continuances, please call the court at (623) 349-6510.
Orders of Protection and Injunctions Against Harassment
Often referred to as “restraining orders,” these injunctions offer protection for someone who is the victim of domestic violence, harassment or stalking. If you feel you may need this protection, or have any questions about it, please call the Buckeye Municipal Court at 623-349-6510.
How to Request Court Records
Buckeye Municipal Court records are available to the public. To obtain them, simply fax a Records Request form to (623) 349-6511, Attention Records. Responses will not be returned by facsimile unless a fee has been paid.
You may also submit your request by mail or in person at Buckeye Municipal Court, 21749 W. Yuma Rd., Suite 101, Buckeye AZ 85326, from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Thursday. The Buckeye Municipal Court is closed on Fridays and legal holidays.
Phone requests will not be accepted.
Court Record Fees
Research Fee. Any and all requests to complete a name search in order to obtain case information will be subject to a $17.00 research request fee (A.R.S. 22-404). It may include up to three names per request, or three cases per name.
Certification Fee. If copies or certifications are requested on a case, additional fees of $17.00 for each certified document will apply. In addition to the certification fee, a 50¢ per page fee will be assessed.
Copy Fee. All copy requests are subject to a 50¢ per page fee (A.R.S. 12-115).
Audio Copy Fee. A request may be made for a copy of matters that are digitally recorded. All copies are made on an audio CD (compact disc), and a $17.00 record duplication fee will be assessed per copy. Note that not all court proceedings are digitally recorded. Examples of recorded proceedings include trials, civil traffic hearings, orders of protection and injunction against harassment hearings.