Arizona Cases and Court Rules

 

 

The Arizona Court System

The Arizona Judicial Branch website offers a Guide to Arizona Courts with detailed information on each level of the state’s courts and links to court websites.  This website also provides information on cases heard in 153 of the 180 courts in Arizona through its Public Access to Court Information website.  

 

Superior Court Websites

The superior court is the state’s general jurisdiction court.  It is a single entity with locations in each county.

 

Court of Appeals

The Arizona Court of Appeals is the first level of appeal up from the superior court.  It was established in 1965 and has two divisions: Division One is located in Phoenix and Division Two is in Tucson.

  • Division One 
    The Court of Appeals Division One website offers a decision search, recordings of oral arguments, and case status information.
  • Division Two
    The Court of Appeals Division Two website provides access to case information, recent opinions, recent memorandum decisions, and guides for self-represented litigants.

Supreme Court

The Arizona Supreme Court is the highest court in the state.  Its primary judicial duties under Article VI, §5 of the Arizona Constitution are to review appeals and to provide rules of procedure for all the courts in Arizona.

 

Federal Courts for Arizona

For information on federal cases, please see the Ross-Blakley Law Library’s Federal Cases Research Guide.

 

Locating Court Opinions


Arizona Reports

Opinions from the Arizona Court of Appeals and Arizona Supreme Court are published in the official Arizona Reports.

The Arizona Reports includes Arizona Supreme Court decisions dating from territorial times and Arizona Court of Appeals decisions beginning in 1977.  The publication is available in print in the Law Library:

Arizona Reports is indexed by the Arizona Digest according to the West topic and key number system.  This indexing system allows searching for cases utilizing detailed word and case name indexes.

 

Arizona Appeals Reports

Arizona Court of Appeals decisions published from the court’s creation in 1965 through 1976 are available in the Arizona Appeals Reports. It is available in print in the Law Library.
 

 

Pacific Reporter

The Pacific Reporter also publishes Arizona Supreme Court and Arizona Court of Appeals opinions.  The Pacific Reporter is a regional reporter that includes state case law from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.  It is available in print in the Law Library:

The Pacific Reporter is indexed by the Pacific Digest according to the West topic and key number system.  This indexing system allows searching for cases utilizing detailed word and case name indexes.

 

Subscription Resources

  • WestlawNext: The WestlawNext Arizona State & Federal Cases database allows searching of Arizona state cases (1866-present) and Arizona federal cases (1913-present).
  • Lexis Advance: Lexis Advance allows searching of Arizona state cases (1866-present) and Arizona federal cases (1913-present).
  • Bloomberg Law: Bloomberg Law allows searching of Arizona state cases (1866-present) and Arizona federal cases (1913-present).

 

Free Resources

  • Arizona Supreme Court: The Arizona Judicial Branch website provides access to Arizona Supreme Court opinions and memorandum decisions (1998-present).  The website also offers an electronic notification system for newly released opinions.
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One: Opinions 2003-2007 and Opinions 2007-present.
  • Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two: Opinions 2002-present
  • Justia: The Justia website provides access to select Arizona Supreme Court opinions (1950-present) and Arizona Court of Appeals opinions (2000-present).
  • FindLaw: The FindLaw website allows searching of select Arizona Supreme Court opinions (1997-present) and Arizona Court of Appeals opinions (1997-present).
  • Google Scholar: Google Scholar provides access to Arizona Supreme Court and Arizona Court of Appeals opinions, as well as to federal case law. 


Checking the Validity of a Case

Citators are tools that you can use to check whether a case, statute, regulation, or administrative decision is good law, and to locate citing references.  For cases, a citator can be used to find the direct history of a case as well as both positive and negative treatment of a case. There are three major online citators:

 

  • KeyCite: KeyCite is available on WestlawNext (password required) and through WestlawNext Patron Access on the public access computers in the main reading room of the Law Library.
  • Shepard’s: Shepard’s is available on Lexis Advance (password required) and through LexisNexis Academic on the public access computers in the main reading room of the Law Library.
  •  BCite: BCite is available on Bloomberg Law (password required).

 

Arizona Court Rules

The Arizona Rules of Court for state and federal courts are available in print and online.  The Law Library has the following publications in print:

 

The Arizona Rules of Court are also available for free online through the following resources.

  • Arizona Rules of Court, WestlawNext: This site from Thomson Reuters provides free access to an unannotated version of the Arizona state and local court rules.
  • Arizona Court Rules Forum: The Arizona Judicial Branch website provides an online Arizona Court Rules Forum which contains recent rulings from the Supreme Court relating to the rules, a list of recent amendments to the rules, a list of pending rule change petitions, and a page on which pending rule change petitions may be viewed and new rule petitions and comments may be electronically filed.
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona – Local Rules: The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona provides access to the local rules of court online.
  •  U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit – Local Rules: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit provides access to the local rules of court online.

A number of subscription resources also offer access to the Arizona Rules of Court:

  • WestlawNext: The WestlawNext Arizona Statutes & Court Rules database allows searching of the current Arizona Rules of Court.
  • Lexis Advance: Lexis Advance allows searching of the current Arizona Rules of Court.
  • Bloomberg Law: Bloomberg Law allows searching of the current Arizona Rules of Court.

  

Updated 6/14

  

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