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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These law libraries are charged with maintaining locally important historical documents as well as more recent transcripts and other information from civil and criminal cases in the state.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.

Arizona Court Records

History of Arizona Courts

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 Statistics

Arizona Courts recieve 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 dispositions.

Total State Caseloads

Year Caseloads
2012 2,221,278
2013 2,154,358
2014 2,104,137
2015 1,989,727
2016 1,840,012

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The Arizona Superior Court Law Library is located in Maricopa County, and maintains a wide array of legal and historical documents of interest to the public.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.

Share of Court Type Incoming Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Traffic: 956,821 (52.0 %)
Domestic Relations: 79,645 (4.3 %)
Criminal: 537,068 (29.2 %)
Civil: 266,478 (14.5 %)

Share of Court Type Outgoing Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Traffic: 1,011,956 (51.2 %)
Domestic Relations: 80,596 (4.1 %)
Criminal: 609,119 (30.8 %)
Civil: 275,216 (13.9 %)

Arizona 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.

Family Court Cases

Domestic relations caseload of Arizona at year end 2016 has increased by 12.0% compared to the last 5 years, in 2012 the number of incoming cases was 70,087 with a rate of 1,069 cases per 100,000 population, lower than it's in 2016.

Year Domestic Relations Caseload Total Statewide Caseload
2012 70,087 2,221,278
2013 92,647 2,154,358
2014 89,524 2,104,137
2015 88,751 1,989,727
2016 79,645 1,840,012

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

Year Incoming Caseload Outgoing Caseload Caseload per 100,000 Population
2012 70,087 68,257 1,069
2013 92,647 93,093 1,398
2014 89,524 87,913 1,330
2015 88,751 87,126 1,300
2016 79,645 80,596 1,149

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than Arizona

More Domestic Relations Cases than Arizona:

State: Caseload:
New York 570,709
Texas 397,468
California 388,903
Pennsylvania 342,163
Virginia 342,040

Less Domestic Relations Cases than Arizona:

State: Caseload:
Massachusetts 78,134
Kentucky 64,784
Washington 59,949
Louisiana 58,947
Nevada 56,575

Arizona 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 Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in Arizona counts 536,851 with 114,880 felony cases and 421,971 misdemeanors accordingly.

Year Criminal Caseload Misdemeanor Caseload Felony Caseload
2012 595,460 71,919 522,021
2013 584,506 77,230 505,928
2014 589,737 90,797 497,728
2015 588,442 100,872 486,853
2016 537,068 114,880 421,971

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%.

Year Civil Caseload Clearance Rate
2012 312,944 102
2013 289,172 108
2014 282,499 103
2015 288,906 101
2016 266,478 103