The Brief - November 2015

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The Brief

Vol. 11, No. 10                                                                             November 2015

Civil Rules Rewrite Out for Review

In September, the Arizona Supreme Court-appointed task force reviewing the rules of civil procedure invited approximately two dozen interested parties to review and comment on the latest draft of the proposed rule changes. Lawyers, legal support staff, law schools, committees, court representatives and others were asked to review and provide input before the task force drafts a rule change petition for the cycle that begins in January. The task force’s final product will likely result in some rewording of every rule for style and, where appropriate, to conform to the recently restyled federal rules. For more information, visit the Arizona Judicial Branch’s website at Click on “Court Admin/AOC,” “Committees & Commissions,” and “Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure” for meeting information and materials, links to rules, and other resources.

Office Closures in November

The Clerk’s Office will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 for the Veterans’ Day holiday and on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 26 and 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Superior Court and Clerk’s Office in Maricopa County remain open on Columbus Day in October in exchange for closing the Friday following Thanksgiving.

During office closures, civil and tax (TX type) case filings can be submitted through Criminal and Family Court filings can be submitted through the Clerk’s eFiling Online website at If e-filing is not mandatory, documents can be submitted at one of four external filing depository boxes around the Valley. A list of locations is online at  

Saturday Hours Results

The Clerk’s Office opened its downtown Phoenix Customer Service Center for four hours on Saturday, Oct. 24 to issue marriage licenses and process passport applications. The non-traditional hours offered a new opportunity for customers struggling to visit during regular business hours. The Clerk’s Office figured Saturday hours would assist passport applicants who missed something the U.S. State Department required for a passport, requiring those customers to come back to complete their application process. The downtown location processed 39 passport applications on Oct. 24, compared to a full-day average of 34 at that location. The Office will continue looking for customer service improvements and will advertise those events on the Clerk’s Twitter feed, @MaricopaClerk, and on the Clerk’s Facebook page under “Clerk of Superior Court in Maricopa County.”

National Adoption Day

The public is welcome to attend this year’s free Adoption Day event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at the Juvenile Court Center located at 3131 W. Durango St. in Phoenix. Judges, clerk and court staff, former participants, families, and others well-known in the community carry out and attend the event each year, which has been the largest of its kind in the country for several years. For questions regarding this year’s adoption event and for more information, see the Facebook page for the Maricopa County National Adoption Day Foundation.