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NCJ Number: 118291 Find in a Library
Title: Arizona Judiciary
Corporate Author: Arizona Supreme Court
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 33
Sponsoring Agency: Arizona Supreme Court
Phoenix, AZ 85007
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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NCJRS paper reproduction
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United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This public-information booklet answers many commonly asked questions about Arizona's court operations, judge selection, and the judicial process.
Abstract: A historical perspective of the Arizona court system focuses on statehood and the judiciary as well as constitutional changes affecting the judiciary. An overview of the current court system describes the limited jurisdiction courts (justice of the peace courts and municipal courts), the general jurisdiction court (the superior court), and the appellate courts (the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court). An explanation of how a case begins and proceeds covers civil cases, criminal cases, and the trial. The description of the trial encompasses the people involved, the sequence of events, and judgment and sentencing. Information on service as a juror focuses on the various types of juries, i.e., trial or petit juries, county grand jury, and State grand jury. Also described are the commissions on judicial appointments, which are the core of the judge merit selection system, and the Commission on Judicial Conduct, which reviews and investigates complaints against judges. The booklet concludes with an explanation of the court's role in the impeachment of a public officer. Glossary of legal terms.
Main Term(s): State courts
Index Term(s): Arizona; Court procedures; Court structure; Judge selection
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