Legal Services for Crime Victims in Arizona (LSCVA) works exclusively in the criminal courts to assert and seek enforcement of crime victims' rights. Sometimes a crime victim finds themselves in other courts as well. Below is a general description of the courts most often encountered by victims.
Family court is designed to resolve disagreements arising from divorce and legal separation, including provisions for children in terms of guardianship, paternity, and support. For more information about the family courts, visit Maricopa County Superior Court's information page. Family court forms can be found here.
While the term “probate” typically refers to the establishment of the validity of a will, judges and commissioners assigned to the Probate and Mental Health Department oversee a broad variety of case types in addition to decedents’ estates; including guardianships, conservatorships, adult adoptions, and civil commitment matters. For more information about the probate courts, visit Maricopa County Superior Court's information page. Probate court forms can be found here.
Civil cases involve legal conflicts among individuals, businesses, corporations, partnerships and governmental entities. Most civil cases are the result of personal injury, property damage, medical malpractice or contract disputes. For more information about the civil courts, visit Maricopa County Superior Court's information page. Civil court forms can be found here.