Annual Report

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  • Supreme Court FY 2008 case filings increased 0.3% from cases filed in FY 2007.
  • Cases terminated by the court in FY 2008 decreased 8.9% over case terminations in FY 2007.
  • The difference between filings and terminations resulted in a pending caseload increase of 3.1%. There were 319 pending cases on July 1, 2007, compared to 329 pending cases on June 30, 2008.

 

Court of Appeals, Division One

  • Filings in FY 2008 represented a 0.9% increase from FY 2007. Total criminal filings, the largest category, comprising 38.8% of total caseload decreased 3.0% from 1,079 in FY 2007 to 1,047 in FY 2008.
  • Case terminations increased by 1.2% in FY 2008.
  • Pending caseload decreased by 0.5%, from 2,375 on July 1, 2007 to 2,362 on June 30, 2008.

 

Court of Appeals, Division Two

  • Total filings in FY 2008 decreased 5.6% from FY 2007. Total Criminal Filings, the largest category, comprising 51.7% of the total caaseload decreased 3.7% from 435 in FY 2007 to 419 in FY 2008.
  • Case terminations decreased by 13.7% in FY 2008.
  • Pending caseload declined by 8.5%, from 843 in July 1, 2007 to 771 on June 30, 2008.

Arizona Tax Court Go Back

  • The Arizona Tax Court serves as the Statewide venue for all civil actions involving a tax, impost or assessment.
  • A total of 1,092 original cases were filed in the court during FY 2008 an increase of 27.6% from the 856 cases filed in FY 2007.
  • Of the FY 2008 cases filed, 680 were property tax actions, accounting for 62.3% of the total.
  • A total of 874 cases were terminated, 311 or 35.6% by judgment.
  • As of June 30, 2008, there were 932 cases pending in the tax court.

 

Superior Court

  • Total case filings in FY 2008 increased by 5.8% from FY 2007.
  • Total case terminations kept pace with case filings as they increased by 5.4% during the same period.
  • Civil case filings increased 23.4% from 58,291 in FY 2007 to 71,911 in FY 2008. In the same period, civil case terminations were up 19.2% from 55,440 to 66,064.
  • Criminal case filings increased 2.9% from 59,601 in FY 2007 to 61,322 in FY 2008. Criminal case terminations increased by 4.6% during the same period from 55,836 to 58,390.
  • Domestic relations cases decreased 2.9% from 51,720 in FY 2007 to 50,244 in FY 2008, and domestic relations case terminations decreased 2.1% from 52,579 to 51,488. Domestic violence petition filings increased 6.5% in Superior Court from 9,744 to 10,374 in FY 2008.
  • There were 221,175 total cases pending on July 1, 2007, compared with 227,793 cases pending on June 30, 2008, an increase of 3.0%.
  • Juveniles with direct filings to adult court increased 5.0%, from 524 in FY 2007 to 550 in FY 2008. Juvenile cases transferred to adult court decreased 14.1%, from 64 in FY 2007 to 55 in FY 2008. A total of 605 juvenile cases were either transferred or directly filed in adult court in FY 2008 compared to 588 in FY 2007, an increase of 2.9%.

Emancipation of a Minor
In FY2008, Superior Court had 57 emancipation petitions filed. During the same period, Superior Court granted 24 petitions, denied three and 21 were withdrawn/dismissed. The reasons for granting the petitions included written consent, minors living on their own and an unsafe environment.

Justice of the Peace Courts

  • Total filings in FY 2008 increased 0.6% from FY 2007. Total case terminations increased 1.1%.
  • Civil and criminal traffic filings, which comprise almost two-thirds of all justice court filings, decreased 2.6%, from 561,455 in FY 2007 to 546,663 in FY 2008.
  • Criminal (misdemeanor and felony) case filings decreased 5.2% from 148,284 in FY 2007 to 140,531 in FY 2008. Criminal case terminations increased 1.1% from 139,611 in FY 2007 to 141,086 in FY 2008.
  • Domestic violence petition filings decreased 9.1% in justice courts, from 11,152 to 10,143. Petitions for Injunctions Against Harassment decreased 6.0% from 10,943 to 10,290.
  • Total cases pending rose by 2.4% from 677,600 on July 1, 2007 to 693,954 on June 30, 2008.

 

Municipal Courts

  • Case filings in FY 2008 increased 8.2% from FY 2007. Total case terminations increased 6.1% in the same period.
  • Civil and criminal traffic filings, which comprise about three-fourths of all municipal court cases, increased 11.3%, from 1,147,182 in FY 2007 to 1,277,176 in FY 2008.
  • Criminal misdemeanor case filings increased 0.4% from 242,080 in FY 2007 to 243,032 in FY 2008. Criminal misdemeanor case terminations increased 0.2% from 275,243 in FY 2007 to 275,777 in FY 2008.
  • Domestic violence petitions decreased 4.3% from 12,344 in FY 2007 to 11,817 in FY 2008. Petitions for Injunctions Against Harassment increased 1.8%, from 8,919 in FY 2007 to 9,082 in FY 2008.
  • Total cases pending increased 1.3%, from 918,802 on July 1, 2007 to 930,841 on June 30, 2008.

 

Juvenile Court Referrals Go Back

  • There were 69,907 referrals to juvenile court in FY 2008, a 3.4% decrease compared to 72,351 in the previous year.
  • 72,211 referrals were terminated in FY 2008, a 1.1% decrease compared to the 74,007 referrals terminated in FY 2007.

 

Juvenile Probation/Corrections

  • The number of juveniles on probation at the end of FY 2008 decreased 3.6% from 8,916 on July 1, 2007 to 8,598 on June 30, 2008.
  • A total of 9,196 adjudicated juveniles were placed on probation in FY 2008, a 4.5% increase from the 8,799 youths placed on probation in FY 2007.
  • 9,311 juveniles were released from probation, an increase of 8.1% from the 8,613 terminated last year.
  • 926 juveniles were committed to the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections during FY 2008, an increase of 11.3% from the 832 committed last year.

 

Juvenile Court Petitions

  • A total of 28,906 petitions were filed in FY 2008, a 0.6% decrease from the 29,088 petitions filed in FY 2007.
  • A total of 27,297 petitions were terminated in FY 2008, a 1.0% decrease from the 27,585 terminated in FY 2007.

 

Adult Probation Go Back

  • The number of individuals under the jurisdiction of Arizona adult probation departments at the end of FY2008 increased 1.5% from 82,222 on July 1, 2007 to 83,505 on June 30, 2008.
  • Of the 83,505 under the jurisdiction of adult probation, 43,528 were on standard probation (40,130 were under direct supervision in the state and 3,398 were under indirect supervision as they were out going interstate compact or in long term residential treatment), 2,868 on intensive probation (2,676 were direct supervision and 73 were on indirect supervision), and 37,228 were on administrative supervision (unsupervised, report only, deported, etc).