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Community View | Court perspective: Justice and Municipal Court Services

The public might not be aware of the many services the Mohave County Justice and Municipal Courts provide. There are five Justice Courts and four Municipal Courts in the following cities – Kingman, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu City and Colorado City. The Justice Courts process the following cases: civil traffic, misdemeanor, local ordinances, small claims up to $3,500, civil suits up to $10,000, evictions, orders of protection, injunction against harassment orders and the initial filing of felony cases. The Municipal Courts process civil traffic, misdemeanor, city ordinances, orders of protection and injunction against harassment orders.

The Justice and Municipal Courts are commonly referred to as the “people’s court” based on the number of cases where individuals are not represented by an attorney. The Court may appoint an attorney to represent the individual based on circumstances and the type of case, or the individual may choose to retain their own attorney. The Court is not allowed to provide legal advice, but can offer information to the various services the court provides. Some of the services the courts provide include pay your citation and monthly payment online, access to various forms and instructions online, search for case history, complete a petition online for an order of protection, or injunction against harassment by using AZPoint. You can also appear in person at any court to file an order of protection. These services are available at mohavecourts.com.

Many of our courts believe in processing certain cases with an alternative approach. Several of the Justice and Municipal Courts conduct the following specialty courts: Veterans Court, Drug Court and Mental Wellness Court. The judges believe in these specialty courts as an opportunity for individuals to receive the help they need along with promoting sobriety, recovery and stability. It is a coordinated effort that involves cooperation and collaboration with various local agencies to give each participant the opportunity to be a productive, healthy citizen.

For more court information and services please visit mohavecourts.com

(Dave Huerta is the presiding justice of the peace, Kingman/Cerbat Justice Court.)

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