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Chief Rebecca White Berch has outlined eFiling as one of her key strategic priorities in the Arizona Judiciary’s five year agenda, Justice 2020. This state wide initiative took flight when, in June 2008, then Chief Justice Ruth McGregor addressed the Court's Commission on Technology at the annual strategic planning meeting and emphasized the importance of electronic case filing to the Judicial Branch and reviewed other courts’ experiences with eFiling.
She stated that it is time for eFiling to move beyond the pilot stage in Arizona and focus on four main directives, including:
1) The Judicial Branch must adopt a statewide system,
2) eFiling must apply to all types of cases, including those for which no filing fees exist,
3) Arizona must use a court-powered and court-managed system, and
4) The solution must be a first-class system, capable of supplying all the services that court users need, including case initiation and service of process.
The AZTurboCourt application is now available for use state-wide for those firms filing civil subsequent matters in Maricopa Superior Court.
Some of the initial benefits of this application are:
1) One registration process that will allow users to file in any state level court in Arizona (as the application becomes available in each of the 15 counties);
2) The ability to pay filing fees and user fees on-line thereby eliminating the need to send a runner to the court to pay filing fees;
3) The ability to view court case documents within the AZTurboCourt application once a filing has been made using the application;
4) The ability to copy previous filing information to create a new filing in the same case, thus reducing data entry; and
5) The ability for designated users to view all filings submitted by a firm. Future functionality will allow users to initiate cases through AzTurboCourt and achieve electronic service of process.
The AZTurboCourt application is intended to replace the Maricopa Clerk of Court e-filing application for all case types and will eventually be available statewide in all courts (Superior, Justice, and Municipal) for all case types. To this end, we are working to ensure that law firms beyond the pilot are provided every opportunity to attend training and become proficient in the use of AZTurboCourt.
Work is underway to allow for eFiling of civil initiating documents initially in Pima County Superior Court and then statewide. Simultaneously, programming is underway to develop eFiling capabilities in dissolution cases. AZTurboCourt will also be available for use in the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court.
In limited jurisdiction cases, the only piece of the application that is available (currently in Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Cochise and Coconino counties) for use by litigants is “print forms” which is very similar to a TurboTax application, e.g., a litigant registers to use the system, clicks on the case type that they would like to file, answers a series of questions and based on the responses, the system generates the forms needed to file or respond to the case type selected. The user then prints the forms and delivers them to the courts with the appropriate filing fees.
NOTE: Completion of training is strongly encouraged prior to using AZTurboCourt in order for your firm to manage case filings within and gain efficiency from the application.
For more information regarding AZTurboCourt, you may contact Jeff Harrison at 602.452.3943 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.