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Rules on Court Records

Court records are maintained in accordance with Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona, Rule 29: Court Records, subsections (A) and (D). Most records are destroyed once their statutory retention period expires, which can be from one year to 11 years, depending on the case type. See the retention schedule.

Court records are provided according to Arizona Supreme Court Rule 123, ARS §22-281, and §12-304. Most existent records are public and will be provided, with redactions as required in Rule and Statute.

Forms for Requesting Records?

There are specific request forms to use, depending on your need for and use of the court documents you wish to receive. 
They are all included with basic instructions in our Access to Court Records Packet.

How to Request Records

General public, government agencies, or a party to a case
Litigants in a case and/or their attorneys, government investigators, members of the public, and commercial businesses wishing to receive specific case files, information, or recorded proceedings should send the request to the one justice court which has jurisdiction over the case.

We do not perform background checks and requests for litigant records lacking a case number may be declined.

Requests for certified documents must be sent to the specific court that holds the case. The Public Information Office cannot certify case documents, as the certification process involves a judge's stamp.

Learn which court to contact when you search by case number or litigant name.
Get court contact information on our Locations page.
Media/Researcher Requests
Media, academics, or non-profit organizations should send the request form to the Justice Courts' Public Information Office. The PIO may decline requests from public members, litigants, government departments, or other investigators by instructing them to contact the court with jurisdiction over the case.
Bulk Filing Data
Bulk justice court data is available, containing details of new filings and terminations of all case types, as well as current detailed information on all pending justice court cases in which activity occurred during the previous month. Data is available for each month back to 2005.
Files are provided electronically via a download link which paid subscribers will receive with a password to unlock. All data is provided as-is and the Maricopa County Justice Courts do not provide technical support or interpretation of the files. 
Requesters must have a Data Dissemination Agreement and Certificate of Insurance on file with the Justice Courts and approved by our attorney before any data can be provided.
Or just download the request form with instructions for the DDA and CoI.

Costs for Records

Generally, there is a fee to provide any record. Most costs are specified in state law ARS §22-281 and are as follows:
Case files: $.50 per page
Certification: $28 per document (requests for certification MUST be sent to the specific court)
Audio/video recordings: $28 per hearing
Search fee (commercial requesters): $28 for up to 10 files per day
Bulk data download: $28 per month
Payment may be made by check or over the phone with a credit card (excluding bulk data)

Some requesters may qualify for a fee deferral or waiver. Some defendants may be entitled to copies for free. Contact the court if you think these apply to you.

Watching or Recording

Want to listen to or watch a court case?
Courthouses are public places with an expectation of privacy. The public is welcome to attend any ongoing court proceeding unless deemed confidential, such as some protective orders or juvenile proceedings.

With the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, courts now hold many types of hearings virtually (phone/video) rather than in person. Participants in a case will receive instructions on the appropriate method of attendance. 
Members of the public wishing to attend a virtual hearing should review our comprehensive web page on what to expect in an online hearing.

Want to record or photograph a court case?

Courthouses are open to the public and anyone is welcome to walk in to watch proceedings at any time. Some, but not all, judges livestream their hearings. To watch online, visit the Court Calendars page to see which court(s) may have an active live stream. However, there is an expectation of privacy for some sensitive cases and the stream may end at any time.

Because of these sensitive cases such as protective orders, recording and photography are prohibited in courtrooms and courthouses without prior approval from the judge. This is outlined in Arizona Supreme Court Rule 122 and Rule 122.1. Anyone who wants to take photos or video inside the courthouse or courtroom should send a request to the Justice Courts' Public Information Office.