The Brief - June 2017

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The Brief

Vol. 13, No. 6                                                                           June 2017

Statutory Fees Going Up August 9

The legislature passed a budget during this year’s legislative session allowing Arizona’s Supreme Court to increase the base fees in A.R.S. § 12-284. The Supreme Court has increased the fees by 2%, effective on the legislation’s general effective date, Wednesday, August 9, 2017. The increased portion of the fees will be deposited in a courthouse security fund that the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) will distribute as needed. Because a 2% increase does not always result in round numbers, the AOC provided Arizona’s Superior Court Clerks with a list of the new base fee amounts. In addition to the base fee, each county is statutorily authorized to approve additional fees. No new local fees have been approved at this time, limiting the increase in the Superior Court in Maricopa County to only the statutory base fees. Before the fee change, the Clerk’s office will post the current fees and the fees effective August 9 on its website at Mark your calendars and spread the word now to avoid fee-based filing problems and delays on and after August 9, 2017. This is particularly important for filings submitted through the mail or at external filing depository boxes around the effective date.


Victim-Locate Success

People move – that’s not new. But people moving and not updating their address with the Clerk’s office will always be a challenge in the justice system. One of the Clerk’s mandates is distributing restitution to crime victims. The Clerk’s most recent victim-locate project began in March of this year. In that short time, the office has released nearly $150,000 to victims who could not be located before. One victim received $6,500 that was owed from a 1992 case and another received more than $11,000 from a 1994 case. Clerk staff use multiple sources and contacts for finding victims whose information was either missing or outdated. The goal is getting as much restitution into the hands of victims as possible. If you are a victim due restitution through the superior court in Maricopa County or if you know someone who is, make sure the individual’s address information is up-to-date with the Clerk’s office. Contact the Clerk’s Criminal Financial Obligations Unit by email at For more information, see the Clerk’s website at