The Supreme Court established the Capital Case Task Force on February 12, 2007 by Administrative Order No. 2007-18, to address capital cases then awaiting trial in Maricopa County. The Task Force reported its findings and recommendations to the Arizona Judicial Council on October 24, 2007. The Task Force recommended that the Supreme Court appoint an on-going committee to monitor capital caseload reduction efforts.
The Court established the Capital Case Oversight Committee by Administrative Order No. 2007-92. The Oversight Committee will continue to study and recommend measures to facilitate capital case reduction efforts, make recommendations for adequate notice to the Supreme Court to assist the Court in making the necessary modifications to its staffing levels and judicial assignments to ensure the timely processing of appeals, and develop recommendations for any formal policies deemed necessary.