Justice Courts

Apache County has four justice courts, each presided over by a justice of the peace. The number of county justice courts is determined based on population, and judges are elected to a four-year term.

Justice Court Responsibilities

There are three levels of courts in Arizona: limited jurisdiction, appellate, and superior. Justice and municipal courts are limited jurisdiction courts. 

Justice court duties include civil lawsuits (where the amount in dispute is $10 thousand or less), landlord and tenant controversies, small claims cases, and the full range of civil and criminal traffic offenses, including DUIs. Justices of the peace resolve other misdemeanor allegations such as shoplifting, writing bad checks, and restraining order violations. They also handle protection order requests and harassment injunctions.

Order of Protection
Penalties for Driving Without Insurance

Small Claims

A small claims lawsuit is a claim against another party for damages of an amount less than $3,500. These lawsuits resolve civil disputes in front of a small claims hearing officer or a justice of the peace.

Conviction Set Aside

If you meet all the requirements to have your conviction set aside, you may petition the court to set aside offenses. Visit Arizona Law Help or speak with your attorney to learn more. 

Eviction, Forcible & Special Detainer Case Process

Following is a description of the process you should follow to obtain a forcible or special detainer. View our Landlord/Tenant Participant Study Guide regarding this process.

Special Detainer
Forcible Detainer & Entry
Eviction Process

Apache County Justice Courts

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Chinle Justice Court
Chinle, Arizona

Chinle Justice Court

Judge gavel

Honorable Judge Jay Yellowhorse
Puerco (Sanders) Justice Court
Sanders, Arizona 

Puerco/Sanders Justice Court

Honorable Judge Marsha Gregory

Honorable Judge Gary Ciminski
Round Valley Justice Court
Springerville, Arizona

Round Valley Justice Court

Honorable Butch L. Gunnels

Honorable Butch L. Gunnels
St. Johns Justice Court
St. Johns, Arizona 

St. Johns Justice Court