Arizona

Effective Date: N/A
State:
Arizona
Court Type: Appellate
Implementing Authority: N/A
Status: N/A
Time Standards: Arizona has no case processing time standards for the appellate court system. Standards were recommended as part of Appellate Case Processing Study in 1995, but not formally adopted by the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals uses “informal” time standards that may vary from presiding judge to presiding judge.
  Arizona Judicial Branch Time to Disposition Measurement

Effective Date: 1989
State:
Arizona
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Civil
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: General:
(filing to termination)                        
90% within 9 months                        
95% within 18 months                        
99% with 24 months  

Limited:

Small Claims:
(filing to termination)                        
90% within 45 days                        
99% within 60 days  

Forcible Detainers:
(filing to termination)                        
99% within 5 days  

Harassment:
(request to hearing)                        
99% within 10 days  

Traffic:
(filing to termination)                        
90% within 45 days                        
99% within 60 days  

Garnishment:
(request to hearing)                        
99% within 10 days

(answer filed to judgment)                        
99% within 90 days  
 

Effective Date: 1989
State:
Arizona
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Criminal
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: General:

Felony:
(filing to sentencing)                        
90% within 100 days                        
99% within 180 days  

Limited: 

Misdemeanor (Non-Traffic)
(filing to termination)                        
90% within 60 days                        
99% within 90 days  

Traffic:
(filing to termination)                        
90% within 60 days                        
99% within 90 days  

Initial Appearance: 
(arrest to hearing)                        
100% within 24 hours                          

Preliminary Hearing:
(initial appearance to preliminary hearings)                        
90% within 15 days  

Arraignment:
(preliminary hearings to arraignment)                        
90% within 10 days                        
98% within 15 days
 

Effective Date: 1989
State:
Arizona
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Domestic
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: General:
(filing to termination)                        
90% within 3 months                        
95% within 6 months                        
99% within 12 months  

Limited:

Domestic Violence Orders of Protection:
(date required by party under O.P. to hearing)                        
99% within 10 days
 

Effective Date: 1989
State:
Arizona
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Misc
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Tax Court:

Small Claims Cases:
(filing to termination)                        
90% within 7 months                        
95% within 9 months                        
99% within 12 months  

Tax Cases:
(filing to termination)                        
90% within 9 months                        
95% within 12 months                        
99% within 24 months
 

Effective Date: 1989
State:
Arizona
Court Type: Trial
Case Type: Probate
Implementing Authority: Supreme Court
Status: Voluntary
Time Standards: Contested:
(joinder of issue to termination)                        
99% within 3 months
 

Monitoring Information: Arizona does not currently have, but is working on, procedures to document court performance relevant to time standards and goals.
Notes:
Arizona has instituted a DUI Case Processing Pilot Program which was just approved to go statewide beginning July 1, 2008. The standards for misdemeanor DUI case processing in limited jurisdiction courts are 85% of cases within 120 days and 93% within 180 days, This standard will be measured from filing date to the date on which all related charges have been disposed and count by defendant. This is different from Arizona's speedy trial rule which measures from arraignment date.
 
Since 1998, the Supreme Court has made a concerted effort to implement felony case processing standards, and they have been put in a statute as "goals."

In order to accomodate special problems within individual cases, there are no time standards set at 100%. Instead, the final goal of 100% (ABA Standards) has been adjusted to 99%.