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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, 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.

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, investigators, or litigants by instructing them to contact the court with jurisdiction over the case.
Bulk Filing Data
Bulk justice court data is available via CD. Discs are mailed to requesters on or after the 5th day of every month and include 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 Maricopa County Justice Courts will process orders for the CD but cannot provide technical support or interpretation of data. Preview files from a sample bulk data disc.
Costs for Records
Generally, there is a fee to provide any record. Most costs are specified in state law: ARS §22-281 and are listed below.
Case files: $.50 per page
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
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 may hold hearings either in person or virtually (phone/video). Participants in a case will receive instructions on the appropriate method of attendance. 
Anyone 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?
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.