Clerk of the Superior Court
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On January 19, 2022 Presiding Judge Hon. Thomas Fink issued Administrative Order 22-002 regarding the re-assignment of cases currently assigned to retired Judge Pro-Tempore Denneen Peterson.
Administrative Order AO-22-002
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On October 29, 2021 Presiding Judge Hon. Thomas Fink issued Administrative Order 21-026 regarding modification of certain filing procedures and service of filed documents with the Santa Cruz County Arizona Superior Court Clerk.
Administrative Order AO-21-026
El 29 de Octubre, 2021 el Juez Presidente Honorable Juez Thomas Fink emitió la Orden Administrativa 2021-026 con respecto a la modificación en el proceso de entrega electrónica de documentos y de entrega formal de documentos con la Secretaria Del Tribunal Superior del Condado de Santa Cruz.
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Administrative Order AO-21-025On October 29, 2021 Presiding Judge Hon. Thomas Fink issued Administrative Order 21-025 regarding the revocation of all COVID-related administrative orders
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El 29 de Octubre, 2021 el Juez Presidente Honorable Juez Thomas Fink emitió la Orden Administrativa 2021-025 con respecto a la revocacion de Ordenes Administrativas relacionadas con el COVID.
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The Clerk of the Superior Court, which the Arizona Constitution established as an elected official within each of the state's 15 counties, serves as the official record keeper and financial officer of the Superior Court. Arizona Revised Statutes, Supreme Court and Local Court Rules clearly define the duties and functions of the Clerk of the Superior Court. These functions include, but are not limited to:
Administrator of Court Records & Exhibits
All of the documents presented in a Superior Court case must be received, processed, secured and purged in accordance with certain statutory time constraints, archival standards and requirements. In this role the Clerk identifies the changing needs of various records management programs to ensure that the interest of the courts and the public are secured.
Fiduciary / Financial Officer of the CourtsAs the court's fiduciary officer, the Clerk receives, records, invests and disburses all statutory fees, fines, reimbursements, restitution, and public / custodial trust funds as ordered by the court, utilizing innovative systems and technologies whenever feasible. This flow of funds is accomplished only through court order and statutory authorization.
Judicial & Quasi-Judicial OfficerThe Clerk issues writs, subpoenas, wage assignments, and other court-related orders, serving in a quasi-judicial capacity. The Santa Cruz County Clerk of the Court has been appointed as the county's Probate Registrar and performs limited judicial functions in association with that appointment. In accordance with A.R.S. 21-131, the Presiding Judge has appointed the Clerk as the Jury Commissioner for Santa Cruz County.
Ex-Officio Clerk of the CourtThe Clerk's presence at all court sessions is required by statute to receive and record court documents and exhibits, thereby establishing an independent record of court proceedings. In this role, the Clerk is responsible for ensuring proper documentation of court action, as well as public access to court records.
Elected Departmental AdministratorAs the elected administrator of a court department, the Clerk has the responsibility to establish office policies, budgets, and procedures in accordance with the governing guidelines and policies of the Superior Court, the Supreme Court and Santa Cruz County.
Mission StatementTo accomplish the prompt and orderly disposition of the business of the court as required by law. As the "gatekeeper" of the court, it is our mission to provide the public with the highest quality, efficient and effective service, while causing as little inconvenience as humanly possible, thus saving the public valuable time and energy
The State of Arizona provides each Superior Court with the following TurboCourt forms for ease of use in Family Law cases. Need forms for Separation or a Divorce? Generate and print forms by completing an intelligent questionnaire through TurboCourt (for a $15.00 fee) for the following:
- Start a dissolution of marriage/divorce case
- Start a legal separation case
- Respond to a dissolution of marriage/divorce case
- Respond to a legal separation case
- Create a Parenting Plan
- Request findings of fact and conclusions of law before the trial of an existing family law case. (Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure, Rule 82)
- Request a dissolution of marriage/divorce decree
- Request a legal separation decree
- Request an entry of default