The Brief - September 2014

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The Brief

Vol. 10, No. 9                                                                                               September 2014

Updates to Court Forms

Various court forms are available from the Clerk’s Office and from the Court’s Self Service Center. The Court converted many of its documents to fillable forms online and translated those forms into Spanish. The Clerk’s Office primarily maintains cover sheets and documents related to financial processes.


The Clerk and Court will be updating the layout of their websites and including the latest version of these court forms. If you have bookmarks or links directly to individual forms you will want to periodically go to the Clerk and Court’s main forms pages to check your version against the most recent forms. Clerk of Court forms are available at Forms from the Court’s Self Service Center are available at Check both websites often, as form updates occur throughout the year.


National Adoption Day

Maricopa County will participate in the 15th Annual National Adoption Day event on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at the Durango Juvenile Court Center in Phoenix. The public is welcome to attend this free event. In addition to the smiling families finalizing their adoptions, the events are regularly attended by sports team mascots, local officials, and offer a festive, family spirit for all.


Judges, clerks, and court staff work with many volunteers to prepare for and carry out the event each year, which has been the largest of its kind in the country for several years. The deadline for filing an adoption petition to take part in the event is Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. The deadline for all other filings is Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 to participate in the National Adoption Day events in November.


The Superior Court recently began a special adoptions unit to handle the increased adoption petitions in Maricopa County and to streamline the adoption process. For questions regarding this year’s adoption event, call the Maricopa County National Adoption Day Foundation at 480-359-4623 or visit


Tax Case eFilings Transitioning to AZTurboCourt

Tax court documents currently eFiled through the Clerk’s eFiling Online system will be moving to electronic filing through AZTurboCourt. Design and testing will occur into the Fall, with a “go-live” date to follow. Tax cases will continue being initiated on paper, with subsequent documents eFiled through AZTurboCourt. The eFiling Guidelines ( will continue to apply and will be updated as needed.

Like the earlier transition in general civil cases, the Clerk’s Office will communicate updates and the effective date when filings will need to go through AZTurboCourt. For training or information about AZTurboCourt, visit