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The Clerk of the Arizona Supreme Court performs a myriad of detailed responsibilities in support of the Court’s constitutional appellate litigation functions, rule making authority and attorney discipline authority. The Clerk maintains the Court’s case files and disseminates the Court’s opinions, decisions and orders.
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Updated Information Regarding Access to the Supreme Court for Oral Arguments and to the Clerk’s Office During COVID-19

 

The Supreme Court Clerk’s Office has remained open for business during the COVID-19 pandemic however, to promote health and safety of the public and employees, modifications have been made for those who wish to conduct business in-person and persons attending oral argument. These modifications are made pursuant to Administrative Order No. 2020-143.

 

1)      All persons entering the Supreme Court building must wear a mask and will be screened by security officers. The screening includes a temperature check and questions related to COVID-19 test or exposure to the virus and the presence of symptoms. A person may be refused entrance to the building but will be provided contact information for the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office.

2)      As of September 22, 2020, the Court resumed holding oral arguments in the courtroom, reconfiguring the bench and the well of the court to allow for social distancing for all participants. Seating is limited for the public in an effort to adhere to social distancing requirements.

3)      Persons who wish to file documents in-person with the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office may come to the office on the 4th floor or may use the secure drop boxes located on the first and second floors of the building just inside the entry way. The Clerk’s Office will retrieve the documents each day prior to 8:00 a.m. and those documents will be file stamped with the previous day’s date. All documents must include your name, case number (if applicable) and contact information, including phone number, email, and mailing address. Attach a check or money order (no cash please) to the documents for any applicable filing fees. Documents must be secured in a sealed envelope.

4)      Persons who enter the building and have questions about a filing, need a form or wish to speak to someone from the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office but prefer not to come to the 4th floor may proceed to Room 227 on the 2nd floor where a phone is available to call the Clerk’s Office. A public access terminal and forms are also available in Room 227.  

5)      Persons who wish to review a case file that includes a paper record must contact the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office at 602.452.3396 in advance to make an appointment.

6)      The Rules requiring attorneys to file electronically through TurboCourt (www.turbocourt.com/) remain in effect.

7)      Self-represented litigants may file electronically through TurboCourt (fees apply) or may file by sending filings through the U.S. Mail to: Supreme Court Clerk’s Office, 1501 W. Washington, Suite 402, Phoenix, AZ 85007

8)      Fee Waiver/Deferral Applications which are generally filed at the front counter or through the mail may be filed electronically using TurboCourt during this public health emergency.

9)      Updated Rule 39 forms (Limited Practice Law Student and Limited Practice Law Graduate) can be found here:  https://www.azcourts.gov/clerkofcourt.

10)   Application for Authorization to Practice Under Rule 38(d) (Legal Services Organization Pro Bono counsel) can be found here: https://www.azcourts.gov/clerkofcourt.

11)   Attorneys who opt to pick-up certificates of good standing will proceed to the 2nd floor lobby just past the magnetometer and x-ray machine to the table with the accordion file.

12)   If you have questions, please contact the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office at 602.452.3396 or email scclerk@courts.az.gov. (Please note that filings will not be accepted through email).

13)   Electronic copies of non-sensitive documents may be requested through the scclerk@courts.az.gov email account and will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis as time permits.

14)   Please visit the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office website for information regarding case status.

15)   Sign-up to receive periodic updates from the Clerk’s Office here: https://www.azcourts.gov/clerkofcourt/Auto-Notification-Sign-up

 

eFiling REMINDER:  When eFiling into the Arizona Supreme Court, AZTurboCourt requires the user to separately upload the certificate of service and the certificate of compliance when filing the lead document (e.g., petition, response) filing.  Please do not combine the certificate of service and compliance as part of the petition or response document. 

 If you have any questions, please call the office of the Clerk of the Court at (602) 452-3396. 

Active Case Information is Available at the Arizona Supreme Court  For several years, the Arizona Supreme Court Clerk’s Office has maintained three informational websites for active cases. As well as, a web-page dedicated to current granted cases and cases that are on direct appeal.  The Court’s calendars can also be found by clicking here.

Introducing Arizona Supreme Court News, Info and More eNotification Sign up! Did you know that the supreme court has now joined the court of appeals, division one, in increasing the document size from 10MB to 20 MB per lead document when eFiling in AZTurboCourt?  Did you also know that a party to a case can view all public case documents electronically in *AZTurboCourt?   Click here for more information.

Keep up-to-date on this and more important and helpful information by signing up to receive e-notifications today!  Click here to sign up. (Send email without a subject)

*Restrictions apply – a party must successfully file one-time into the case per each court for access. 

 

eFILING NEWS! - As of September 13, 2017, AZTurboCourt increased the document size to 20MB per lead document for the Arizona Supreme Court. 

If you have any questions, please call the office of the Clerk of the Court at (602) 452-3396.

 
U.S. SUPREME COURT ELECTRONIC FILING SYSTEM

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court’s electronic filing system will begin operation.  While paper will remain the official form of filing as under existing practice, parties represented by counsel will also be required to submit most documents through the new electronic filing system.  Attorneys who expect to file documents electronically will need to register in advance for the system.  Additional information is available at https://www.supremecourt.gov/filingandrules/electronicfiling.aspx  

 
ARIZONA SUPREME COURT CLARIFIES ARIZONA CASE CITATION POLICY -

The Arizona Supreme Court is pleased to announce that as of now it will no longer require any appellate briefs, petitions, and other pleadings filed in this Court to contain parallel citations for Arizona cases.  This means that when citing Arizona cases to the Court, lawyers and self-representing parties need only cite to the Arizona Reports alone, without a parallel citation to the Pacific Reports.

While the Arizona Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure has not required any more than citation to the official reports for civil appeals since January 1, 2015, for criminal matters Arizona Rule of Criminal Procedure 31.13(c)(vi) currently requires citation “also when possible to the unofficial reports.”  A petition that proposes to restyle the Criminal Rules, specifically proposed new Rule 31.10(g), is expected to be on the Court’s August Rules Agenda.  Meanwhile, the Court will no longer expect parallel citations in criminal case filings. 

Citations for specific points of law within a case still must include “the volume, page number and, if applicable, the paragraph number, of the official Arizona reporter.” See Arizona Rule of Civil Appellate Procedure 13(f).  

 
OPINIONS NOTIFICATION - Effective immediately, the Arizona Supreme Court Clerk's Office will notify counsel 24 hours prior to the filing of an Opinion by email only.  
 
CIVIL PETITIONS FOR REVIEW - Although the Court prefers typewritten petitions for review with a 3500 word count for civil petitions for review, a self-represented litigant may submit a handwritten petition.  The petition may not exceed 12 consecutively numbered pages.  A certificate of service and the final order from the Court of Appeals must accompany the civil petition for review. 
 
AGENDAS and CASES BEFORE THE COURT-  This site provides a list of cases currently before the state’s highest court.  This page makes it easy for litigants, attorneys, media, and others to find information about cases before the Supreme Court.  Users may visit this page by clicking here.
 
E-FILING AT THE SUPREME COURT - As of April 2, 2012, all lawyers are required to file documents electronically through AZTurboCourt.  Others who are interested in e-filing documents with the Arizona Supreme Court may also use AZTurboCourt.  Please click here to access the website.  To learn how to use AZTurboCourt and/or sign up for training please click here
 
APPELLATE CASE INFORMATION and TRANSCRIPT DUE DATES AVAILABLE ONLINE– Want to know what documents have been filed in a case, a case number, or when a transcript is due?  This site offers information for active cases, including case dockets, court calendars, Opinions, Memorandum Decisions, court minutes and transcript due dates. To visit the site, click here or on the link in the left column of this page.