How To File Pro-Se Motion

Effective December 1, 2010, a $5 filing fee (per case) will be assessed for motions filed on post-adjudicated parking, civil infraction, and civil traffic cases.  This fee must be paid before your motion will be accepted and processed.  This applies to motions filed by mail, FAX or in person.

Tucson City Court receives motions daily from defendants, victims and witnesses requesting action on a particular case from a judge. The actions requested through motions may include fine payment, proof of compliance extensions, modification of a sentence, requests to continue or accelerate a court date for compelling reasons.

To file a motion for extension or acceleration of time

MAIL

  • Tucson City Court, P.O. BOX 27210, TUCSON AZ 85726

FAX

  • (520) 791-5488

IN-PERSON

  • 103 E ALAMEDA - PUBLIC SERVICES LOBBY, ROOM 104

PLEASE NOTE: FILE YOUR MOTION NO LESS THAN THREE BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE YOUR COURT OR SENTENCE DATE.  MOTION FILED DOES NOT GUARANTEE OR REPLACE ORIGINAL SENTENCE OR COURT DATE.   MOTION WILL BE REVIEWED AND SIGNED BY A JUDGE. YOU SHOULD RECEIVE A RESPONSE IN APPROXIMATELY 30 CALENDAR DAYS

Motion Pro Se Forms

Guidelines for filing a motion:

  • Write legibly the name of the defendant, docket number, and citation number.
  • Clearly state the purpose of the motion (e.g., to continue court date, extend payment or proof of compliance, modify existing order)
  • Clearly state the reason for the motion (e.g., I would like more time to pay because..., I will be out of town on my court date and would like to attend on...)
  • Clearly fill out name, phone number, and address of the person requesting motion.
  • To reset a motion for a criminal proceeding (e.g., pre-trial, bench trial), the motion must be taken to the City Prosecutor’s Office (103 E. Alameda, 5th Floor) for review and signature by a prosecutor, before submitting the motion to the Court.
  • If you are filing a motion to change a condition of release (for example, you want to have contact with the Defendant in a criminal case, or want him to return home) and you are the alleged victim, you must provide a picture ID and the motion must be taken to the City Prosecutor’s office on the 5th floor for their review and signature before filing with the court.

"Your Day In Court"  is a special instructional presentation designed to assist the "Pro Se" or self-represented defendant conduct their own case in court.