For immediate release – Scottsdale, AZ. The Scottsdale City Court in Arizona launched online dispute resolution (ODR) for certain misdemeanor cases in the municipal court on January 14, 2018. The announcement (PDF), from the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts, highlights the court’s launch of online plea.
The Scottsdale City Court Misdemeanor ODR Process
The Scottsdale City Prosecutor can send a plea agreement and associated documents for review online. Then, the defendant can accept or reject the agreement via the Matterhorn online plea module.
From the court’s online plea site:
Some defendants may live far from the court (perhaps in another state), may be incarcerated, may have health issues, or may have transportation challenges and cannot appear in court personally. If you find you are in one of these situations, you may want to request to plead through this online program.
Ultimately the process is the same online and in-person:
It is not different. There is a real judge and prosecutor on the other side making decisions about your case based on the same criteria they would if you went to court in person. It just takes place through this website.
There is no charge to the defendant to use the online service.
Expanding Access via ODR in Arizona
This is the third launch of ODR in Arizona and its first for misdemeanor ODR.
- Summer of 2018, the Arizona Superior Court of Maricopa County launched ODR for child support compliance cases.
- Fall 2018, the Arizona Superior Court of Yuma County launched ODR for domestic relations cases.