Arizona Judicial Branch

Arizona Judicial Council

The Arizona Judicial Council’s June 15, 2015 meeting marked the Council’s 25th Anniversary. 

The Arizona Judicial Council (AJC) is a policymaking body that oversees the judicial system in Arizona.  The Arizona Judicial Council (AJC) was created in 1990 and in accordance with the Administrative Order No. 90-13 and the Arizona Code of Judicial Administration §1-104, to assist the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for the administration of all courts, uniformity in court operations and coordination of court services that will improve the administration of justice in the state of Arizona. The Council was empowered to identify the needs of the judiciary, study the internal operation of the courts, analyze and plan for future developments, and recommend uniform administration at all levels.  

Path to Creation of the AJC:  

In 1960, Arizona voters approved an amendment to the state constitution that clearly placed the responsibility for the overall administration of the court system upon the Supreme Court.

In 1978, the Supreme Court created the Council on Judicial Administration to recommend administrative policies and procedures designed to accomplish the full and complete integration of the Arizona court system.   

Administrative Order 1988-06 created the Commission on the Courts, chaired by Eddie Basha and signed by former Chief Justice Frank X. Gordon.  The Commission on the Courts was created to advise the Supreme Court on methods for achieving the fully-integrated judicial department envisioned in the state constitution and for improving the quality of judicial service available to the public.    

The purpose of the Commission on the Courts was to ensure that all Arizonans are entitled to a justice system that: 

- Resolves criminal charges and civil disputes between citizens fairly and without undue delay; 
- Employs modern management and technology to facilitate its task of providing justice; 
- Is accountable for its work;
- Receives the human and technical resources it needs to perform its mission and manages those resources to maximize its effectiveness and minimize waste and;
- Is able to respond to foreseeable and unforeseeable social, technological, demographic, and environmental changes.   

In 1989, the Commission on the Courts recommended that a judicial council be established to oversee the administration of the state’s court system to help alleviate some of the administrative burden placed on the court.  The Court determined that the court system would be best served by restructuring the existing Council on Judicial Administration.   In 1990, the Council on Judicial Administration was restructured and renamed the Arizona Judicial Council (AJC). 


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