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Rule 3. Judicial Districts and Case Assignments

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedLocal Rules of Practice Superior CourtEffective: January 5, 2021

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Local Rules of Practice Superior Court (Refs & Annos)
Yavapai County (Refs & Annos)
Effective: January 5, 2021
17C A.R.S. Super.Ct.Local Prac.Rules, Yavapai County, Rule 3
Rule 3. Judicial Districts and Case Assignments
A. Judicial Districts. Judicial Districts refer to branches of the Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County as shall be designated by the Presiding Judge through Administrative Order.
B. Assignment of Cases to Districts.
1. Criminal Cases. Criminal cases shall be assigned to the District where the crime occurred based on the jurisdiction of the corresponding Justice Court.
2. Juvenile Cases. Juvenile cases shall be assigned by the Presiding Judge pursuant to Administrative Order.
3. All Other Cases. All other cases shall be assigned by the filing coversheet or as selected by the Plaintiff/Petitioner. The Defendant shall have the right to seek a transfer of Judicial District as outlined below.
C. Transfer.
1. Request by Motion Non-Criminal Case. A party desiring a transfer from one district to another shall file motion or stipulation requesting the transfer and specify the grounds for the transfer. The Motion or Stipulation shall be filed not later than 20 days prior to any judicial proceedings in the case which concerns the merits of the action and involves the consideration of evidence or affidavits, or not later than the deadline for the filing of the Rule 16 Joint Report and Proposed Scheduling Order. The Court shall rule upon the Motion or Stipulation without oral argument unless ordered by the Court.
The Court may consider the following factors when ruling on the Motion:
(a) location of events or circumstances out of which the alleged cause of action arose;
(b) location of the residences where the parties reside; and
(c) the number and convenience of the parties' witnesses.
2. Request by Motion Criminal Case. A party desiring a transfer from one district to another shall file motion or stipulation requesting the transfer and specify the grounds for the transfer. The Motion for Transfer must be filed not later than 10 days after arraignment. The Court shall rule upon the Motion or Stipulation without oral argument unless ordered by the Court.
The Court may consider the following factors when ruling on the Motion:
(a) the location of events or circumstances out of which the alleged crime arose; and
(b) the number and convenience of the parties, the parties' witnesses, and the victim.
3. Change of Judge. A change of judge, whether as a matter of right or for cause, may result in the transfer of a case to another Judicial District based on the availability of judges as determined by the Presiding Judge. A criminal case placed into case transfer may also result in the case being reassigned to a different District based on the availability of judges as determined by the Presiding Judge.
4. By Order of Court. The Presiding Judge may transfer any pending case or hearing to or remove any pending case or hearing from one District to another in the interests of judicial economy after considering the factors listed in Rule 3(C)(1) and (2). Any party my object to such order pursuant by filing a written Motion with the Presiding Judge within 10 days after notice of transfer.

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Amended effective Jan. 5, 2021.
17C A. R. S. Super. Ct. Local Prac. Rules, Yavapai County, Rule 3, AZ ST YAVAPAI SUPER CT Rule 3
State Court Rules are current with amendments received through November 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through November 1, 2023.
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