The Brief - February 2017

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The Brief

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 Begins

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

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.