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Committee on Arizona Case Processing Standards


        Welcome
 to the Steering Committee on Arizona Case
       Processing Standards!

                               

The National Center for State Courts has recently developed Model Time Standards for State Trial Courts. This model was adopted by the Conference of State Court Administrators, the American Bar Association and the Conference of Chief Justices. These Model Time Standards were developed with the intent of unifying the disparate national models previously in place.
 
On October 17, 2012, the Steering Committee on Arizona Case Processing Standards (the Committee) was established by Administrative Order No. 2012-80.  As required by the Administrative Order, the Committee reviewed the national model time standards, statutory requirements, court rules, and business processes of Arizona courts and, based on this review, developed a provisional set of case processing standards for all case types in the justice, municipal, and superior courts.  The Committee also developed recommendations on how the Arizona Judiciary should proceed with implementing the case processing time standards in Arizona’s courts.

The Committee submitted its report to the Arizona Judicial Council in October 2013.  In the report, the Committee noted several challenges to implementing case processing time standards, including incomplete or inaccurate case data and the uneven access to case management reports essential for comparing current case processing times with proposed provisional standards. Through Administrative Order No. 2013-95, the Supreme Court adopted the provisional standards and extended the term of the Committee. The Supreme Court also charged the Committee with addressing implementation issues, including the development of case processing time standard reports.

The Committee recommended final case processing standards for Civil, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency and Status Offenses, Juvenile Neglect and Abuse, and Juvenile Termination of Parental Rights in the Superior Court. Additionally, the Committee recommended standards for Misdemeanor Driving under the Influence cases in the Justice and Municipal Courts. The Arizona Judicial Council recommended approval of these standards on June 23, 2014. Through Administrative Order No. 2014-81 the Supreme Court adopted the recommended case processing standards as final with an effective date of January 1, 2015.

On October 1, 2014 Administrative Order No. 2014-96 was signed extending the term of the Committee to December 31, 2016. The Committee shall continue to review and recommend standards for the various case types to the Arizona Supreme Court for approval and adoption. 

The Committee was established as part of the Justice 2020 Strategic Agenda. Chief Justice Scott Bales included the Committee's mission in the Advancing Justice Together: Courts and Communities Strategic Agenda.
  

Do you have more questions relating to the Steering Committee on Arizona Case Processing Standards?

Please
 Contact:
Cindy Cook, Court Services Specialist
email: ccook@courts.az.gov

Reports
    
Executive summary
    Interim report


Meeting Information
  
Upcoming Meetings and Minutes

Related Authorities
   Administrative Order 2012-80  
   Administrative Order 2013-95
   Administrative Order 2014-81
   Administrative Order 2014-96


Committee Information
   Committee Membership List
                      
Additional Resources
   Initial Meeting Materials               
    
CASE CATEGORY   ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS ADOPTING STANDARDS
Civil Superior Court Cases 
 

Standard Adopted
Administrative Order 2014-81

 Civil Justice Court Cases 
 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95

 Civil Traffic 
 

Standard Adopted
Administrative Order TBD

Civil Small Claims 
- exclude eviction actions 
 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95

 Civil Local Ordinances  
  Provisional Standard

Administrative Order 2013-95

Civil Eviction Actions 
(separate case category for Arizona)
 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95

 Criminal Post Conviction Relief
 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95

 Criminal Misdemeanor
 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95

Criminal DUI Misdemeanor
 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95

 Criminal Felony
 

Standard Adopted
Administrative Order 2014-81

 Family Law Post Judgement Motions

 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95

 Family Law - Dissolution & Allocation of Parental Responsibilities
 

Standard Adopted
Administrative Order TBD

 Family Law - Temporary Orders
   Provisional Standard

Administrative Order 2013-95

 Family Law - Protection Order Cases
 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95

Juvenile Termination of Parental Rights
 
 

Standard Adopted
Administrative Order 2014-81

 Juvenile Delinquency and Status Offense
 

Standard Adopted
Administrative Order 2014-81

 Juvenile Neglect and Abuse (Dependency) - Adjudication Hearing
 

Standard Adopted
Administrative Order TBD

 Juvenile Neglect and Abuse (Dependency) - Permanency Hearing
  Standard Adopted

Administrative Order 2014-81

 Probate Administration of Estates
 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95

 Probate Guardianship/ Conservator of Incapacitated Adults

 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95

Probate Mental Health Cases

 

Provisional Standard
Administrative Order 2013-95