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Although the Arizona Supreme Court once required parallel citations to the Pacific Reporter and the Arizona Reporter, a change in the rules enables parties to file paperwork with the courts including only references to the Arizona Reporter. This contradicts Bluebook Table 1, which states that citations should be to the Pacific Reporter if it includes the case.
OLD SUPREME COURT PARALLEL CITATION RULE
Example: Silver v. Pueblo Del Sol Water Co., 244 Ariz. 553, 562 423 P.3d 348, 357 (2018).
CURRENT BLUEBOOK RULE
Example: Silver v. Pueblo Del Sol Water Co., 423 P.3d 348, 357 (Ariz. 2018).
CURRENT SUPREME COURT RULES
Example: Silver v. Pueblo Del Sol Water Co., 244 Ariz. 553, 562 (2018).
The Arizona Judicial Branch website offers a Guide to Arizona Courts with detailed information on each level of the state’s courts and links to court websites. This website also provides information on cases heard in 177 of the 184 courts in Arizona through its Public Access to Court Information website.
Justice of the Peace and Municipal (City) Courts: both justice courts and municipal, or city, courts are courts of limited jurisdiction.
Justice courts are county-specific and can hear traffic cases and certain criminal and civil cases, including domestic violence and harassment cases. Their civil jurisdiction is limited to cases involving claims of $10,000 or less. Justice courts are presided over by elected justices of the peace who hold four (4) year terms of office
Municipal courts are city-specific and have criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanor crimes and petty offenses committed in their city. They share jurisdiction with justice courts over violations of state law committed within their city limits.The judges and hearing officers in a city or town court are either employees of the city or town or are hired on a contract basis.
You can access detailed case information for some Municipal Courts within Maricopa County at the Arizona Supreme Court's Public Access to Court Case Information. Click on the “Courts Included” link to view coverage.
Superior Court: The Superior Court is the state's general jurisdiction court. It is a single entity with locations in each county: Apache, Cochise, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yavapai, and Yuma.
Court of Appeals: The Arizona Court of Appeals is the first level of appeal up from the superior court. It was established in 1965 and has two divisions: Division One is located in Phoenix and Division Two is in Tucson.
Supreme Court: The Arizona Supreme Court is the highest court in the state. Its primary judicial duties under Article VI, §5 of the Arizona Constitution are to review appeals and to provide rules of procedure for all the courts in Arizona.
Arizona Public Access to Court Information
The Arizona Supreme Court's Public Access to Court Information website provides information about court cases from many Arizona courts.
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In addition to the general Rules of Practice and Procedure for the federal courts and the general rules of procedure for Arizona courts, there are court-specific (local) rules for practicing before both Arizona state and federal courts. The Arizona Rules of Court for state and federal courts are available in print and online. The Law Library has the following publications in print: