Fiscal Year 2013
Caseload and Financial Highlights
In FY 2013 as compared with FY 2012
- Statewide, there were 2,118,498 case filings in FY 2013 in the Arizona Courts (Appellate, Superior, Justice and Municipal Courts) resulting in 148,573 less filings compared to FY 2012, a decrease of 6.6%. That equates to an average of 8,473 cases filed among the Arizona courts every working day.
- Statewide, revenue trends in FY 2013 are following case filing trends. Case filings decreased by 6.6%, while revenue decreased by 2.9%.
- Arizona courts have collected more than $4.1 billion in additional revenue over the $70 million benchmark established in FY 1988.
- Statewide, civil traffic case filings account for 56.9% of all case filings in Justice and Municipal Courts. Civil traffic filings decreased by 92,322, or 7.8% from FY 2012 to FY 2013.
- There were 71,326 DUI charges filed in Justice and Municipal Courts. This represents a decrease of 1,409 case filings from FY 2012, or a 1.9% decrease. (Case filings in Justice and Municipal Courts are primarily counted by charge, not by defendant).
- Superior Court case filings decreased by 5.4% statewide. In Maricopa and Pima counties, filings decreased by 4.4% and 3.2%, respectively, while rural counties reported a decrease of 9.2%. The statewide decrease in total case filings was driven by a 12.5% decrease in the civil case category.
- Superior Court mental health filings increased by 7.6% from FY 2012 to FY 2013. During the same period, terminations of mental health cases decreased by 13.0%.
Felony filings in Superior Court decreased 6.9% from FY 2012 to FY 2013. Superior Court criminal jury trials also decreased by 10.3% in FY 2013 when compared with FY 2012.
Within Superior Court, the case type categories with the most significant numerical case filing increase include; other domestic relations (13.0%), estate (6.4%), adoption (12.4%) and juvenile dependency (7.3%).
In FY 2013, juvenile dependency filings increased by 7.3% compared to FY 2012 and 69.1% when compared to FY 2011. During the same period, juvenile delinquency filings decreased by 14.6% and 24.9%, respectively.
Justice Court case filings decreased by 3.7% in FY 2013. Case filings in the Maricopa and rural county justice courts decreased by 5.0% and 4.7%, respectively. While Pima county case filings increased 1.2%.
Statewide, Justice Courts civil traffic case filings were down 1.8%, while felony case filings increased 23.1%.
Municipal Court case filings decreased by 8.5% statewide. In Maricopa and Pima counties, Municipal Court case filings decreased by 7.2% and 12.3% respectively, while rural county cases filings decreased 9.9%. The overall decrease was driven by a 10.5% decrease in civil traffic filings.