Annual Report

Statistics

  • Arizona Courts had 2,811,646 case filings in FY 2008.
  • On average, 11,337 cases were filed in Arizona Courts every working day.
  • On average, 1,417 cases were filed in Arizona Courts every working hour.
  • Tax case filings increased by 25% in FY2008 compared to FY2007. During the same period, property tax actions increased by 63.5%
  • Superior Court case filings in Maricopa County and Pima County increased by 7.2% and 8.6%, respectively, while Rural Counties reported an increase of only 0.6%. The increase in total case filings in all counties is driven by a 23.4% increase in civil case filings.
  • Justice Court case filings increased by 0.6% in FY 2008. Case filings in the Pima County justice courts decreased by 10.3% while Maricopa and Rural county case filings increased by 4.8% and 1.3% respectively. Civil case filings in Maricopa County increased by 13.7%, or 20,051.
  • Statewide, Municipal Court case filings increased by 8.2%, while the Municipal Courts in Pima County increased by 4.8%, during the same period. Maricopa and the Rural Municipal Court’s case filings increased by 9.0% and 8.8% respectively.
  • Municipalities utilizing photo enforcement programs accounted for most of the total case filing increase in Municipal Courts. Courts with photo enforcement filings resulted in an increase of civil traffic case filings by 128,636 or 18.0%.
  • There were 85,649 DUI charges were filed in Justice and Municipal Courts. This represents a decrease of 3,946 case filings from FY 2007 or 4.4%. (Case filings in Justice and Municipal Courts are primarily counted by charge, not by defendants).
  • Civil traffic case filings account for 58.3% of all case filings in Justice and Municipal Courts. Civil traffic filings increased by 122,536, or 8.9% from FY 2007 to FY 2008.
  • Statewide, revenue and expenditure trends in fiscal year 2008 are keeping pace with case filing trends. Case filings increased by 5.4%, while revenue and expenditures increased by 6.6% and 5.5% respectively. The increase in revenue is due in part to the extensive collection efforts by the courts and the AOC’s Fines and Restitution Enforcement (FARE) program, while a portion of the increase in expenditures may be due to the construction of the Maricopa County regional justice court centers.
  • Arizona courts have collected more than $2.452 billion in additional revenue over the $70 million benchmark established in FY 1988.