Watch this video of David Michael Cantor, a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, describe in detail what to expect when visiting the Maricopa County Superior Juvenile Court Center – Southeast.
From I-60, take Exit 180 for Mesa Drive
Use right lane to turn South on Mesa Drive
Turn right onto Coury Avenue
Coury Avenue turns left and becomes Lewis Street
Courthouse is on the right side
— What to expect:
Parking for the Juvenile Court is on the East side of the building. It is recommended to park in this lot so you can enter the accessible door that leads to the Juvenile Court. After checking in at the window and providing them with the proper information to access your case, you will be sent to the courtroom that your case is assigned to. You should be seated or stand outside the courtroom until somebody comes to get you. Do not enter the courtroom.
Do not enter the courtroom until somebody comes to get you. They will come, even if it feels like you have been waiting for a long time. It is possible for them to run a little late or a little early. If you enter the courtroom while other cases are in progress, it is disrespectful and can possibly look bad to the Judge. You do not want the judge to form this kind of opinion about you before your hearing.
Dress professionally, like you are going to a job interview. Don’t wear jeans, hats, sunglasses or t-shirts. Business-casual dress or better is recommended. This applies to the juvenile and also the guardian or parent. Dressing down tells the judge that it wasn’t important enough for you to dress up. You need to look like you care. The hearing will likely affect much more of your life than a job would. Give it as much thought as you want to get out of it.
If you get hungry, there are vending machines with small snacks. Of course, it’s best to eat before attending your hearing and being prepared is always ideal. If you are not able to bring some small snacks, make sure that you have change or single dollar bills for the vending machines. If your courtroom is running late, you didn’t plan ahead, or it just ends up being a long day and you need more than a snack, there are available places to eat nearby.
— Researching your Judge:
Research your Judge. Visit our ‘Judges’ link at the top of this page for information. We have included our professional opinions about many Judges and the information that you will find could be very beneficial. This site will tell you if the Judge is pro-defense, pro-prosecution, middle of the road, or is new to the juvenile bench. Of course, any judge that we don’t have personal experience with, will also be listed as if they were new.
— The next steps:
You are likely reading this because you or a loved one has pending charges and will be going to court soon. We would love to give you a free, 30 minute consultation and help answer any questions that you may have. In that 30 minutes, we will go over your case, from top to bottom, and discuss your best course of action. Give us a call at (602) 307-0808 or Click Here for a Free Consultation to make an appointment.
Juvenile Court Center – Southeast
1810 South Lewis
Mesa, AZ 85210
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday 8 A.M. to 5 P.M.