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Arizona Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    The Maricopa County Superior Court web site (see below) has links to Arizona Tax Court unpublished decisions.


Arizona Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Ariz. Const.)


    Additional Resources
    ¶ 1996 Constitutional Amendments … Amendments proposed by Propositions 101 and 102 were adopted. For texts, see the on-line ballot pamphlet or select and download a word-processor file containing the pamphlet.
    ¶ 1992 Constitutional Amendments … Amendments proposed by Propositions 100, 101, 103–105, and 107–109 were adopted. For texts, see the ballot pamphlet, which is a VERY LARGE Adobe Acrobat file (4.6MB).

  2. Bills
    These are bills in the current session. Separately available are bills in prior sessions back through the 43rd Legislature (1997–1998). See generally the Arizona Legislature web site.

  3. Session Laws of Arizona (Ariz. Sess. Laws)
    These are laws from the current session. Separately available are laws from prior sessions back through the 43rd Legislature (1997–1998). See generally the Arizona Legislature web site.

  4. Initiative Statutes Adopted
  5. Referenda Passed
  6. Additional Resources
    ¶ 1996 Initiative Statutes and Referenda … Initiative statutes proposed by Propositions 200, 201, and 203 were adopted. (No referendum was passed.) For texts, see the on-line ballot pamphlet or select and download a word-processor file containing the pamphlet.
    ¶ 1992 Initiative Statutes and Referenda … (No initiative statute was adopted.) A referendum proposed by Proposition 300 was passed. For the text, see the ballot pamphlet, which is a VERY LARGE Adobe Acrobat file (4.6MB).
    Arizona Legislative History: A Step-By-Step Research Guide … [Univ. of Arizona, James E. Rogers Coll. of Law]

  7. Arizona Revised Statutes (Ariz. Rev. Stat.)
    See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.

    Additional Resources
    ¶ Discrete Acts


Arizona Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Court Rules • Rules of Procedure
  2. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules • Professional Ethics Decisions
  3. Additional Resources
    Filing a Complaint in Your Own Behalf in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona … [U.S. District Court] — “These procedural guidelines were written and compiled to assist an individual who wishes to file a civil action on his/her own behalf (Pro Se) before the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. These procedural guidelines may also be used by an individual who wishes to file a civil action on his/her own behalf who is found indigent by the court and may proceed without prepayment of costs or fees for filing a complaint in this court. Samples of most documents necessary to initiate an action in federal district court are included in this packet, as well as copies of any federal or local rules referenced in these guidelines.”
    ¶ Rules of Practice and Judicial Rules … The state bar’s web site has a page on the discipline of lawyers. See also web sites for the Judicial Conduct Commission and the Judicial Performance Review Commission.


Arizona Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
  2. Administrative Code (Ariz. Admin. Code)
  3. Administrative Register (Ariz. Admin. Reg.)
  4. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings


Arizona Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Sterling Codifiers
    1. Municipal Codes of Principal Cities
      A municipal code is linked here if the city is the capital or one of the five largest cities in the state or has a population exceeding 100,000.
    2. Home-Rule Charters
      State law authorizes “home rule” for municipalities and counties. Note that a charter could be included in a code of ordinances instead of being separately accessible.


    Arizona Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Arizona law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.

    1. Arizona Attorney (Ariz. Att’y) … [State Bar of Arizona]

    2. Arizona Journal of International and Comparative Law (Ariz. J. Int'l & Comp. L.)

    3. Arizona Law Review (Ariz. L. Rev.)


    Other Arizona Commentary

    1. Doing Business in Arizona. Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. … [Lex Mundi]


    Arizona Law-Related Topical Web Sites

    1. Arizona Tax … [Michael G. Galloway, Esq. (Ariz.)] — This web site “provides information on all areas of Arizona taxation, including sales, use, property, state income (including residency and unitary), city sales, unemployment and other forms of state and local taxes.”


    Arizona Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites

      The Arizona Tax Court is a division of the Maricopa County Superior Court. The Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA) is a voluntary court of appeals available to tribes in Arizona.
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers


    Arizona Forms

    1. Litigation Forms
      1. Forms of Jury Instructions: CivilCriminal … [State Bar of Arizona]
      2. Maricopa County Superior Court Forms … Domestic relations, guardianship, and informal probate forms, in WordPerfect 6.1/WIN format.
      3. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Forms

    2. Government Agency Forms
      1. Department of Revenue: Tax Forms … The most commonly used individual, partnership, and corporation income tax forms, withholding tax forms, and transaction privilege tax forms.

    3. Transaction Forms
      1. Business Entity Forms … [Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Arizona Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. Consulates of Canada and Mexico • ConsulatsConsulados


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. A Guide to Primary Arizona Legal Materials … [James E. Rogers Coll. of Law]

    3. Research Guides … [James E. Rogers Coll. of Law] — These guides present brief commentary on researching specific topics, prepared by reference librarians, with citations to sources.

    4. State Bar Public Information Brochures
      1. Lawyers and Clients: 
      2. Legal Matters and Issues: 

    5. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Arizona Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Arizona law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Arizona.

    6. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. AZLawHelp … [Pro Bono Net (N.Y.)] — This web site is subtitled “Helping People With Low Incomes Solve Legal Problems.”
      2. Arizona Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. Legal Self-Help Publications … [Univ. of Arizona, James E. Rogers Coll. of Law] — This is a bibliography of materials held in the university’s law library in Tucson.
      4. Resources for Legal Advice … [Univ. of Arizona, James E. Rogers Coll. of Law]
      5. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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