Vol. 9, No. 7 August 2013
Fewer Minute Entries Online
Effective September 1, 2013, the Clerk’s Office will no longer post some minute entries to the Clerk’s minute entry website online (http://www.courtminutes.maricopa.gov/). The documents remain public records and can be viewed at the Clerk’s public access terminals, but will not be viewable through the minute entry website.
Parties and their attorneys with an Electronic Court Record Online account may view documents over the internet in their own cases but cannot see other records.
Rule changes were adopted that prohibit the courts from placing records online in cases where there are victims of certain alleged crimes. In cases with adult victims, the restrictions are based on the crimes charged against the defendant. The restrictions also apply to any case involving a juvenile victim, regardless of the nature of the offense. The rule changes will limit the public’s online access to minute entries in certain adult criminal cases. The Clerk’s Office does not post minute entries online in juvenile court cases.
Examples of cases where minute entries will no longer post online but remain public records include: sexual offenses and exploitation, prostitution, and obscenity. For a list of Clerk’s Office locations with public access terminals and other ways to get records, visit http://clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/copies.asp.
The rule changes have restrictions that apply to the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court that do not apply to cases in Superior Court. The adopted rules can be viewed online at http://www.azcourts.gov/Portals/20/2012Rules/120512/R120004.pdf.
Juvenile Electronic Court Record (ECR)
The third phase of the Juvenile Electronic Court Record (ECR) is scheduled for release on September 9, 2013. Phase III is the third of four phases and includes the dependency (JD) case type.
This Phase includes scanning newly-filed documents in dependency cases. Paper files will no longer be created for new JD cases and existing cases will include both newly-filed electronic documents as of September 9, 2013 and all previously filed paper documents through September 8, 2013.
Phases I and II were successfully implemented over the last 10 months in eight Juvenile case types. Phase II also included the scanning and electronic distribution of orders in all 10 Juvenile Court case types. Phase IV includes the delinquency (JV) case type and is tentatively planned for November 2013.
There are no changes to the confidentiality of Juvenile Court records. Information regarding Juvenile Court records can be found at the Clerk’s website at www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov.