Vol. 9, No. 8 September 2013
Grand Jury Transcript Changes
Attorneys who pick up grand jury transcripts will find them in a new location starting November 1, 2013. Transcripts will now be available from the Public Records section on the lower level of the Clerk’s Customer Service Center at 601 W. Jackson Street in Phoenix. Grand Jury transcripts are only released pursuant to court order and to the individual named on the court’s order. On or before the date designated in the order by the court, the transcripts must be returned to the Customer Service Center.
Reminder: Minute Entry Restrictions
Effective September 1, 2013, the Clerk’s Office no longer posts 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 specifically-defined 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 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 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.