Arizona Court Records

Arizona court records

Public access to Arizona court records is often necessary for a variety of reasons. Citizens may need to fill out forms for child support or orders of protection, request legal records for a case filing, or even request that sensitive or confidential data in court records be redacted from public viewing. The state of Arizona offers a wide selection of online resources through its extensive law library network, allowing many Arizona court records to be searched online.

These law libraries are charged with maintaining locally important historical documents as well as more recent transcripts and other information from civil and criminal cases in the state. State judicial rules and statutes are also maintained by the library for quick reference, as well as statutes from other states across the U.S. These Arizona court records are especially important for the Supreme Court to review when determining and supporting its disposition in a case it has agreed to hear.

History of Arizona Court Records

On December 9, 1910, the state’s constitution was completed and ratified, effectively creating the judicial system under Article 6. In 1912, superior, juvenile and justice of the peace courts were created. Municipal courts were then established one year later in 1913. Citizens voted in 1960 to give the Arizona Supreme Court supervision rights over the lower courts, as well as give the Legislature permission to create the court of appeals.

Today, there are three levels of courts in the state: limited jurisdiction, general jurisdiction and appellate courts. The Arizona Supreme Court is the highest court of last resort. As of 2016, the number of justices serving the court was increased from 5 to 7.

Arizona Court Records Availability

The Arizona Superior Court Law Library is located in Maricopa County, and maintains a wide array of legal and historical documents of interest to the public. This library contains civil and criminal court cases, rules of the Arizona courts, as well as local and national statutes for legal research purposes. The library was established in 1913, and state laws established that funding for the library shall come from a portion of filing fees with the Superior Court of Maricopa County.

Furthermore, Arizona court records held at the library include municipal codes filed under each city or town so that the public can easily find any of this information.

Main Court Information

Arizona court records from the Supreme Court include those of cases appealed from lower courts of general and limited jurisdiction. The court is petitioned and may hear appeals at the justices’ discretion. The only cases which must be heard at this level are those regarding a death penalty.

Caseload Statistics

The Arizona Supreme Court receives approximately 1,000 filings per year. In 2007, the court received 1,256 filings and gave 1,250 dispositions. In 2013, the court received 1,054 filings and gave 1,145 dispositions.

Arizona Court Structure

Arizona Court Statistics

Arizona Courts receive 2,061,902 filings per year. In 2012, the court received 2,221,278 filings and gave 2,355,743 dispositions. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 1,840,012 filings and had 1,976,887 outgoing cases.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Arizona at year end of 2016 has increased by 13.6% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases have been 70,087 with a rate of 1,069 cases per 100000 population, higher than it’s in 2016.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Arizona

More Domestic Relations Cases than Arizona:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Pennsylvania342,163
Texas397,468
California388,903
Virginia342,040
Less Domestic Relations Cases than Arizona:
State: Caseload:
Massachusetts78,134
Kentucky64,784
Washington59,949
Minnesota49,714
Louisiana58,947

Arizona Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Arizona counts 537,068 with 114,880 felony cases and 421,971 misdemeanors accordingly.

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

In the last 5 years the number of civil cases has decreased by 46,466 cases, it went from 312,944 to 266,478 with clearance rates of 102% and 103% accordingly.

Small Claims Caseloads & Rates

Caseload: Per 100K Population: Percent of Total Caseload: Max Limit in $:
17,548 253 7.0% $3,500

Arizona Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights DayMonday, Jan 15, 2018
Lincoln/Washington/Presidents' DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Veterans' Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

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