The Brief - January 2017

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The Brief

Vol. 13, No. 1                                                                   January 2017

New Civil Rules

A reminder that the civil rules of procedure were restyled, updated, and in some instances, moved. The new rules took effect January 1 and apply to new cases and pending cases, unless the court makes individual determinations that the older version of a rule or rules are needed. Make sure boilerplate citations are still accurate or updated to reflect the new version. Some rules, such as formatting documents, moved to other sections with similar rules.

If using a rule book, make sure it is the latest version or double-check citations online. The Supreme Court posts rule information online at, or do an internet search for “Arizona Court Rules,” or go directly to Court forms provided by the Clerk’s Office, the Superior Court, and the Administrative Office of the Courts should be updated or will be in the near future.

Criminal Rules Rewrite

A Supreme Court task force recently completed its work restyling the criminal rules of procedure. The proposed changes will be submitted in a rule petition this month. Review the changes for concerns and check the Supreme Court’s website for deadlines and how to comment. This effort follows earlier task forces that have tackled the rules of civil appellate procedure, justice courts, civil procedure, and others. The task forces are charged with reviewing existing rules and finding ways to restyle, simplify, and clarify them. See the Court Rules Forum online at

Looking Ahead

Thank you for your ideas, feedback, suggestions, and recommendations. The Clerk’s Office anticipates new changes and new challenges in 2017 and looks forward to your input and participation along the way. Happy New Year!