Vol. 13, No. 2 February 2017
Veterans Stand Down
For the sixth year in a row, the Clerk’s Office will participate in the Veterans
Stand Down event, held Thursday, February 9 - Saturday, February 11,
2017 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix. Each year public and private
sector agencies and organizations come together to focus on veterans issues. Superior
Court and Clerk’s Office staff will set up remote courtrooms to hear and
resolve veterans’ cases. Stand Down events are held around the country and
typically include other services and supplies for veterans such as food, clothing,
healthcare, and assistance locating jobs and housing.
Restyling of Family Law Rules
An Arizona Supreme Court Task Force begins its year-long work this month
restyling the Family Law Rules of Procedure. This effort follows earlier
revisions of the civil, criminal, and Justice Court rules, among other related
projects. The current set of the Family Law Rules took effect January 1, 2006
and this revision will reflect modern usage as well as simplify language. Like
revisions in other case types, plain English will replace legalese where
possible. This is especially valuable in family law cases where the highest
percentage of self-represented litigants file documents and appear in court.
Representation on the Task Force currently includes trial and appellate
judicial officers, clerks, court administration, legal practitioners, and the
Attorney General’s office. For more information on the Task Force, see the
Arizona Judicial Branch website at http://www.azcourts.gov/cscommittees/Family-Law-Rules-Task-Force.
Law Library Resource Center
The Maricopa County Superior Court’s pioneering Self Service Center is
expanding in February. The Court’s online and valley-wide services now enjoy a
new and expansive physical location in downtown Phoenix. The combined virtual
and physical resources have been renamed the Law Library Resource Center (LLRC).
Attorneys, legal support staff, and self-represented litigants will continue
enjoying a wide array of forms and instructions across case types. Additionally,
the LLRC houses the court’s Protective Order Center, law library, and computer
terminals for research and assistance with forms. The LLRC has conference rooms
and space for reading, writing, researching, and drafting documents.
The Clerk’s Office staffs a single filing counter within the LLRC,
allowing parties to obtain, draft, and file documents at one location. In
addition to Superior Court staff, the court received an AmeriCorps grant to
supplement the LLRC with trained college students who assist customers with
answering questions and navigating the court system. The LLRC is located in the
former Change of Venue, between the Central and East Court Buildings in
downtown Phoenix. Customers enter through security in the East Court Building,
where signs direct them to the attached Law Library Resource Center. Look to the Superior Court for more information and announcements.