Dena Standley | August 23, 2022
Summary: Are you being sued for a debt in Arizona and want to check the status of your case? Here is SoloSuit's guide on how to search for your Arizona case information online.
The Arizona Public Record Law is a collection of laws enacted in 1901 to ensure that public records are accessible and distributed throughout the state. Criminal and Civil Court documents are viewable online in all states. US citizens can access this information under the Freedom of Information Act.
Arizona Public Record Law court case information is made available to the public, but there are several restrictions on what information is obtainable. Mental health and probate cases and victim and witness data are excluded from the analysis. The database may also exclude juvenile delinquency cases.
If you are involved in a debt collection lawsuit in Arizona, you can check the status of your case online. Here's everything you need to know about Arizona court structures and how to access courts records.
Arizona has courts at three different levels. It's important to note that, if you are being sued for a debt you owe, the case will almost always be initiated at the Justice Court level.
Limited Jurisdiction at Level 1: Municipal (or city) Courts and Justice of the Peace Courts have limited jurisdiction, which means that only specific types of cases fall under their jurisdiction. The case's subject may constrain these courts' decision-making authority, the amount of money at stake, or the potential sentence.
General Jurisdiction at Level 2: The Superior Court of Arizona, a Trial Court with state-wide jurisdiction, is the general jurisdiction court. This court hears the broadest range of cases. For instance, each county has at least one Supreme Court facility, referred to by its county name. For example, Maricopa County Superior Court.
Jurisdiction on appeal at Level 3: Arizona's appellate courts are the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. The state appellate courts have the authority to evaluate appealed verdicts and trials, except appeals involving the death sentence, some cases involving elected officials, and disagreements between counties. These cases are sent straight to the Supreme Court. The two divisions of the Court of Appeals consider most appeals that originate from the Superior Court.
The appellant must submit a petition for review by the Supreme Court to challenge a Court of Appeals ruling. The justices of the Supreme Court decide whether to hear the case after considering the petitions for review. Unlike the Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court is not compelled to listen to every appeal.
Check out this Arizona court structure graphic for more information:
When attempting to obtain court records in Arizona, the first step is to determine which courthouse is responsible for the documents in question. According to Arizona's revised statutes, public bodies are responsible for safeguarding their records. Court clerks are in charge of keeping court records and making them accessible to the public.
Individuals can get copies of court records in person, by mail, or through online portals. The requester can make an in-person request by going to the courthouse where the case was filed. The court clerk assists them with the necessary procedures after submitting their request. Note that a walk-in requester may be required to submit a written request.
The case number makes it simple and distinct to refer to particular civil and criminal cases. It indicates the case's filing year, office, and the judicial officer(s) assigned to it. Within the federal system, case information may be accessed consistently, primarily through case numbers. Any reference to the correct case number must appear in every document submitted to the court. This method ensures that documents are correctly sent to the court.
One of two formats is generally used to display the case number, as demonstrated in the examples below:
CV 2:17cv00010 or 17-00010-PHX-DJH
The Arizona Judicial Branch website has a Public Access to Court Information tool that is an excellent place to start looking for court records in Arizona. It is an online resource that gives users access to court case status and information from the state's Municipal and Justice Courts. It offers court records from 177 Arizona courts.
Even though it is the biggest county by population in Arizona, Maricopa County cases are not included in the Arizona Judicial Branch's court case search tool. That being said, Maricopa County has its own court case search tool for cases found within the region.
Use the Maricopa County court case search tool to look up Justice Court cases. You can search by name or case number.
The Arizona Judicial Branch makes Superior Court case information available through eAccess, a web-based portal. Requesters must register and pay for the appropriate monthly subscription to access Superior Court records through the eAccess portal. The portal gives users access to court records if available and accessible after successful registration and login. The monthly document limit determines the cost of each subscription.
There are fees associated with obtaining court records and documents. Only approved government agencies are exempt from paying such fees to view court records. On the other hand, out-of-state government agencies cannot obtain government agency access accounts and privileges. The currently available subscriptions and their prices and access restrictions are listed below.
It's important to note that documents exceeding the subscription limits can be accessed at the purchase price of the Pay As You Go document. However, the online service makes some of the listed courts' case information unavailable. These courts are as follows:
Interested parties may request to see or copy court documents from the Arizona Court of Appeals. Requests for court records should be sent to the Clerk's Office. The court case information must be viewed in the Clerk's Office viewing room. As a result, public access to the Clerk's Office is restricted. Requesters can contact the Court of Appeals for copies of court documents in three ways:
If you need to find a specific lawsuit, for example, you want to view a copy of the decision in an important lawsuit, contact the court in which your case is filed. The court clerk should be able to check the status of your case and answer basic questions about the case over the phone. You can also contact us at SoloSuit if you can't reach the court clerk. We can guide you through the process of conducting a court case search.
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