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