Specialized courts differ from traditional courts in that they focus on one type of offense or probationer.  Specialty Courts are problem-solving court strategies designed to address the root causes of criminal activity by coordinating efforts of the judiciary, prosecution, defense bar, probation, law enforcement, treatment, mental health services, and social service agencies. Together, they maintain a critical balance of authority, supervision, support, and encouragement. Specialty Court programs are rigorous, requiring frequent drug testing and court appearances, along with tightly structured regimens of treatment and recovery services.

In Pinal County, specialized courts include Adult Drug Courts, Mental Health Court, Veterans Court, and Domestic Violence Court.