AZ Superior Court held final Court Night for 2016 - Tucson News Now

AZ Superior Court held final Court Night for 2016

Final court night for 2016. (Source: Tucson News Now) Final court night for 2016. (Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Pima County) (Source: Pima County)
PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Court Night is a chance for those with legal questions to get them answered, and though the last one of the year wrapped up Tuesday, Oct. 18, the Arizona Superior Court plans on kicking off the new year with another.

"We've always held it once a year and it's always been in October," said Carl Sheets with the Pima County Adult Probation office. "We decided that after this success, we're going to be doing it twice a year so, we'll be doing another one in April of 2017."

Those who attended the event were able to choose from three topic areas during each session:

  • Divorce/Child Support/Paternity/Custody
  • Probate/Guardianship/Conservatorship
  • Debtor/Creditor and Landlord/Tenant

At the end of each session, attorneys took questions from the audience, however the presenters did not and could not give legal advice or discuss specific cases.

"When you don't see that child for years and you're just wanting to see them and you don't know what direction to go to, you don't want to make the wrong move," said Estella Hernandez, who stopped by the Flowing Wells Community Center for Court Night after she got off work to ask about a custody issue.

Also on hand during these events are representatives from Pima County Bar Association; the Office of the Attorney General, Child Support Services; and even NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness); Casa de los Ninos; and the Superior Court Interpreters Office.

"Everybody isn't always happy when they come to court," said Sheets. "Things are not always good. There could be divorce matters, there could be civil matters and criminal matters, but we want them to know that the court is there for them."

Information is also provided about a lawyer referral program, which provides attorneys at a reduced fee.

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