Encanto Justice Court

The Encanto Justice Court is a limited jurisdiction court that oversees minor offenses such as misdemeanor crimes and traffic violations that occurred within the boundaries of the West Mesa Justice Precinct (a map of the precinct is below). The jurisdictional boundaries of Encanto Justice Court are Northern Avenue to the North, Woodland Avenue to the South, Squaw Peak to the East, and 27th Avenue to the West.

Basic Information

Court Address

620 W. Jackson
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Court Information

  • Judge: Ken Cheuvront
  • Phone: (602) 372-6300
  • Fax: (602) 372-6414
  • Email Form: Form

Parking and Security Information

  • Parking is available in garages, for a fee, or by metered parking around the building
  • Visitors are required to pass through metal detectors
  • Items brought into the courthouse go through xray machines

Payment Link for Court:  Link


The Encanto Justice Court is located at 620 W. Jackson, Phoenix, AZ 85003, and is in a building that holds four different other justice courts. 

Map of Encanto Justice Court
Map of Encanto Justice Court

Encanto Justice Precinct

The Encanto Justice Court’s criminal jurisdiction falls under any case considered a misdemeanor by state law, prosecuting individuals for offenses such as Driving Under the Influence, Criminal Speeding, Traffic Ticket Violations and other misdemeanor crimes that occurred within the court’s boundaries. A map of Encanto Justice Court’s boundaries is below:

Map of Encanto Justice Court Precinct
Map of Encanto Justice Court Precinct

If a case is brought against you in the Encanto Justice Court but the offense did not occur within the court’s boundaries, the court does not have power to hear the case. In that instance, the charges must be dismissed. The charges may be refiled if the time limit for the crime has not yet run out, but it must be filed in the appropriate court that has jurisdiction over the case. We can help you determine if your case was wrongfully filed and help you seek dismissal of the entire action. Call the Salwin Law Group for a free evaluation of your case.

What is a Justice Court?

A justice court is a limited jurisdiction court that only has authority to hear certain claims. For criminal matters, a justice court can only deal with misdemeanors and criminal traffic violations. If you were charged with a felony, your case should be heard in a Superior Court.

Justice courts can also hear civil claims where the amount in dispute is less than $10,000.

One of the unique aspects of a justice court is that the judge is called a justice of the peace. Justices of the peace are elected into office. Justices of the peace are voted into their office for a four-year term.  Surprisingly, a justice of the peace does not have to be a lawyer to be elected. Many justices of the peace in Arizona are not lawyers, but they have the same powers as any other judge for a limited jurisdiction court in Arizona.

Justice of the Peace

The justice of the peace for Encanto is Ken Cheuvront. Judge Cheuvront was elected the Justice of the Peace in January 2019. Prior to being elected into his position, Judge Cheuvront was an Arizona legislator. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science/public management and a master’s in international finance.

Judge Cheuvront, like many justices of the peace, is not an attorney and did not attend law school. Even though the judge is not required to be a licensed attorney, the prosecutor does have extensive legal training and is a licensed attorney. We do not advise that you attempt to represent yourself in the justice court. Without a compelling legal argument, you are unlikely to obtain any relief other than what the strict guidelines outlined in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office policies provide for. Call the Salwin Law Group for a free evaluation of your case.

Picture of Justice of the Peace Ken Cheuvront
Justice of the Peace Ken Cheuvront

How Did My Case End up in the Encanto Justice Court?

If you have been ordered to appear in the Encanto Justice Court, it means you were probably charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense and not a felony offense. All felony offenses are heard in one of the Superior Courts in Arizona.

Another factor used to determine which court your case is heard is who the arresting agency is. If you were arrested by a city police, your case will be heard in a city court. But, if you are arrested by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department or a Department of Public Services officer, you will appear in a justice court.

How Should I Dress to Attend the Encanto Justice Court?

It is important that you dress appropriately for court. This means that men should wear dress pants with a dress shirt and tie and a suit jacket. Women should wear a dress or business suit, consisting of dress pants, dress shirt and a jacket or cardigan. Don’t wear anything that you would not wear to a job interview. That means no shorts, leggings or jeans.

Make sure if your hearing is being conducted virtually, that you dress appropriately and that you are in a quiet location. Do not drive or walk around while the hearing is taking place.

Common Offenses

The Encanto Justice Court Common offenses that we see charged in the Encanto Justice Court involve Underage Driving with Alcohol in the Body, regular and extreme DUIs, Assault, Reckless Driving, Domestic Violence, Theft and Civil Traffic Violations. It is important that you obtain representation prior to your hearing.

The Salwin Law Group Handles Cases in Encanto Justice Court

The Salwin Law Group is an experienced firm who regularly handles cases in Encanto Justice Court. Stewart Salwin has successfully handled over 75 trials and thousands of DUI cases. He is a former prosecutor and a Harvard Law School graduate with a keen eye towards spotting any issues that may arise. His proven track record in Ecanto Justice Court and beyond, makes him the best choice. Call today for a free evaluation.

Stewart Salwin is an extremely knowledgeable and compassionate criminal defense attorney. He studied under the best criminal defense attorneys in the country, and he brings that knowledge to court with him. As a former prosecutor in Maricopa County, he knows how the prosecutor thinks and uses that to his advantage. Call today for a free evaluation of your case.