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?
How to Request Records
General public, government agencies, or a party to a case
Litigants in a case, 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.
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 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. The cost is $28 per month, with data available dating back to 2005.
Costs for Records
Certification: $28 per document
Audio/video recordings: $28 per case
Search fee (commercial requesters): $28 for up to 10 files
Bulk data disc: $28 per month
Payment may be made by check or over the phone with a credit card.
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
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.
Want to record or photograph a court case?
Per Arizona Supreme Court Rule 122 and Rule 122.1, recording and photography are prohibited in courtrooms and courthouses without prior approval from the judge.
Anyone who wants to take photos or video inside the courthouse should send a request to the Justice Courts' Public Information Office.