If you were told to go to the South Mountain Justice Court after a misdemeanor or DUI citation then it means that you were arrested by DPS or someone from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). If you were arrested by an officer of the city, then you should be told to go to city court.
In this short video, David Cantor explains the South Mountain Justice Court and judge:
The jurisdictional boundaries for this court are as follows: Sky Harbor Blvd to the north, Chandler to the south, 48th Street to the east and Carver Road to the west. The actual boundaries of the court are represented on a map. They do not form a perfect rectangle, but instead, they jump all over the place. That is why it is important to contact the DM Cantor. One of our lawyers will help you in seeing whether you were actually arrested within those boundaries. If you weren’t, then you have a jurisdictional defense, and this means that you could have the entire case thrown out.
The South Mountain Justice Court is located at the Downtown Justice Center which is at 620 West Jackson in Phoenix, Arizona. This is Jackson St and 7th Avenue. There are multiple courts in the same building, but you will look for the South Mountain Justice Center court room. There is a parking garage or multiple parking spaces in the front of the building. Make sure you dress appropriately which means no baseball hats, sunglasses, shorts or tank tops.
The judge in the South Mountain Justice Court is Cody Williams. He is not very prompt and always seems to be late for sessions. He is very slow and doesn’t seem to listen to any mitigation. On DUI cases, he always seems to give five years of probation. No other Justice of the Peace, or JP, does that in town. It is a good idea to get a defense attorney if you are going to be in the South Mountain Justice Court. A JP doesn’t have to go to law school, and they don’t even have to be an attorney. Most of them won an election and went through six weeks of training. If you want a lawyer to review your case for free, give us a call at (602) 307-0808 to schedule a time that works for you. If you’d like, we can also be reached by filling our our confidential web form.
South Mountain Justice Court
620 West Jackson St
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Phone: (602) 372-6300
Fax: (602) 372-6410
8am – 5pm Monday – Friday
*Closed on Holidays, Call the Court to confirm