Arizona Court Records Search

What is Included in Arizona Public Court Records

Criminal Court Cases

Assault & Battery, Domestic Violence, Parole Violation, Probation Violation, Sexual Assault, Robbery, Manslaughter, Murder, Drug Offenses, And More...

Civil Court Cases

Bankruptcies, Legal Judgments, Lawsuits, Tax & Property Liens, Contract Disputes, Probates, Family Law, Small Claims, Evictions, And More...

Traffic Court Cases

Driving Under Influence, Driving While Intoxicated, Speeding Tickets, Traffic Citations, Reckless Driving, Driving Without a License, License Suspensions, Criminal Driving Violations, Accidents, And More...

Arizona Court Record Lookup

There are two types of municipal courts in Arizona: one that is mostly restricted to traffic issues, called the municipal court, and another, called justice court, that handles civil cases with monetary stakes under $10,000, some criminal cases, domestic violence, harassment, etc. Above Arizona courthouses of limited jurisdiction are superior courts, which handle probate, Arizona divorce filings, criminal trials, evictions, and naturalization issues. Arizona AZ court records can be view by conducting an Arizona court case lookup. The court of appeals uses panels of three judges to hear disputes about lower court decisions. The state supreme court determines constitutionality issues.

Access to Arizona Court Records

Whether you’re looking for a divorce decree, a small claims decision, proof of your innocence, or evidence that you completed the terms of your probation, you will need records from a courthouse.  Just make sure you are performing Arizona court records search in a trustworthy source

Some court records are not available to the public or may be restricted due to confidentiality. Juvenile cases are always closed due to the age of the individuals involved. Judges may limit access to records of domestic abuse or redact names of informants or witnesses from records to protect their privacy.

AZ Probate Records

When a person dies, his property is divided and transferred under the supervision of the probate court. These AZ courts also handle guardianship, elder abuse, and certain types of fraud. Most property transfer records can be requested but some other probate matters may be confidential if they name victims of crime. In order to find records from the probate court conduct Arizona court record lookup.

Divorce Decrees

A divorce decree is often necessary for financial records, getting a subsequent marriage license, or for citizenship matters. The clerk of the superior court where the divorce was granted is responsible for keeping these records, they can be accessed online through searching Arizona court records online. 

Arizona Notable Court Decisions

In the realm of marijuana legalization, court decisions are somewhat temporary: although residents had voted to approve the legalization of medical marijuana, the state Supreme Court decided in the spring of 2016 that police may initiate searches for illegal substances based on a smell. The decision overturned an appellate court ruling that disallowed the basis for searching as it could emanate from a legal source. The case stemmed from police searching for the source of a cannabis smell based on olfactory evidence at a storage unit. The Supreme Court acknowledged that this ruling could be different after November when legalization of medical marijuana is enacted.

A disputed open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson wound its way through the courts in recent years: environmentalists who oppose the mine first won, then lost. Alleging that the state Department of Environmental Quality used inaccurate calculations in permitting the operation, a grassroots environmental group opposed the mine on air quality issues. A superior court judge sided with the environmentalists, but later an appeals court panel reversed that decision and set the stage for the mile-wide, 3,000-foot-deep mine to move forward. The case could still be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

Arizona Civil Case Statistics

Civil Caseload
Civil Caseload 266,478
Caseloads per 100.000 Population
Caseloads per 100.000 Population 3,845
Clearance Rate
Clearance Rate 103%
Small Claims Caseload
Small Claims Caseload 17,548

Civil Caseloads for Arizona, the sum of all civil cases reported by the state, account for 1,439,999 total cases at the year end of 2016, which makes it 3,845 cases per 100.000 population.

The clearance rate for the state is about 103% which makes up by dividing the outgoing to incoming civil cases and expressing the result in a percentage.

Civil Court Incoming & Outgoing Cases 2012-2016

The number of civil court caseloads in 2016 has decreased since 2012, being 266,478 vs. 312,944, which is by 14.8 % lower than 5 years ago. The same picture is seen with clearance rates, it’s lower compared to 2012, by 13.5% being 275,216 compared to 318,091.

State Small Claims & Rates Timeline

Year: Small Claims Max. Limit Small Claims Caseload per 100.000 Population Percent of Total Civil Caseload
2012$250016,8762585%
2013$250016,1002436%
2014$350016,3732436%
2015$350016,8162466%
2016$350017,5482537%

The caseload for small claims has increased since 2012, going from 16,876 cases a year to 17,548 of 2016. The maximum limit of small claim charges has also seen a change and has reached $3,500 in 2016 compared to the $2,500 that was registered 5 years ago.

Accordingly the small claims rate has decreased- 253 cases per 100 000 population compared to the 258 of 2012. The total percentage of civil caseloads accounts 14.5% for the state of Arizona for 2016.

Criminal Caseloads by Type

Criminal Caseloads for Arizona sum in 537,068 cases at the year end of 2016 which has a share of 79% of misdemeanor and 21% of felony charges. Total criminal cases have decreased in Arizona compared to the criminal caseload of 2012 - 595,460 cases. Felonies and misdemeanors have changed since 2012 by -75% and +10% accordingly.

The Proportion of Felony and Misdemeanor Caseloads

Criminal Incoming Court Cases by type 2012-2016

Criminal Caseloads Timeline

Domestic Relations Caseloads & Clearance Rates

The state’s domestic relations caseload has counted 79,645 cases which is 1,149 court cases per 100.000 population. It has increased since 2012, the difference in caseloads is 9,558 for the last 5 years, being 70,087 in 2012.

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights DayMonday, Jan 15, 2018
Lincoln/Washington/Presidents' DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Veterans' Day (Observed)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

Supreme Court Caseloads & Clearance Rates

Court of Appeals Caseloads