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Rule 33.16. Petition and Cross-Petition for Review

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Criminal ProcedureEffective: January 1, 2024

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of Criminal Procedure (Refs & Annos)
VIII. Appeal and Other Post-Conviction Relief
Rule 33. Post-Conviction Relief for Defendants Who Pled Guilty or NO Contest, Who Admitted a Probation Violation, or Who Had an Automatic Probation Violation
Effective: January 1, 2024
16A A.R.S. Rules Crim.Proc., Rule 33.16
Formerly cited as AZ ST RCRP Rule 32.9(c) to (i)
Rule 33.16. Petition and Cross-Petition for Review
(a) Time and Place for Filing.
(1) Petition. No later than 30 days after the entry of the trial court's final decision on a petition or a motion for rehearing, or the dismissal of a notice, an aggrieved party may petition the appropriate appellate court for review of the decision.
(2) Cross-Petition. The opposing party may file a cross-petition for review no later than 15 days after a petition for review is served.
(3) Place for Filing. The parties must file the petition for review, cross-petition, and all responsive filings with the appellate court and not the trial court.
(4) Extensions of Time for Filing Petition or Cross-Petition for Review; Requests for Delayed Petition or Cross-Petition for Review.
(A) A party may seek an extension of time for filing the petition or cross-petition for review by filing a motion with the trial court, which must decide the motion promptly.
(B) If the time for filing the petition or cross-petition for review has expired, the party may request the trial court's permission to file a delayed petition or cross-petition for review. If the court grants the request to file a delayed petition or cross-petition for review, the court must set a new deadline for the filing of the delayed petition or cross-petition for review and the party may file a delayed petition or cross-petition for review on or before that date.
(b) Notice of Filing and Additional Record Designation. No later than 3 days after a petition or cross-petition for review is filed, the petitioner or cross-petitioner must file with the trial court a “notice of filing.” The notice of filing may designate additional items for the record described in section (i). These items may include additional certified transcripts of trial court proceedings prepared under Rule 33.13(e), or that were otherwise available to the trial court and the parties and are material to the issues raised in the petition or cross-petition for review.
(c) Form and Contents of a Petition or Cross-Petition for Review.
(1) Form and Length. Petitions and cross-petitions for review, along with other documents filed with the appellate clerk, must comply with the formatting requirements of Rule 31.6(b). The petition or cross-petition must contain a caption with the name of the appellate court, the title of the case, a space for the appellate court case number, the trial court case number, and a brief descriptive title. The caption must designate the parties as they appear in the trial court's caption. The petition or cross-petition for review must not exceed 6,000 words if typed or 22 pages if handwritten, exclusive of an appendix and copies of the trial court's rulings.
(2) Contents. A petition or cross-petition for review must contain:
(A) copies of the trial court's rulings entered under Rules 33.2, 33.11, 33.13, and 33.14;
(B) a statement of issues the trial court decided that the defendant is presenting for appellate review;
(C) a statement of material facts concerning the issues presented for review, including specific references to the record for each material fact; and
(D) reasons why the appellate court should grant the petition, including citations to supporting legal authority, if known.
(3) Effect of a Motion Rehearing. The filing of a motion for rehearing under Rule 33.14 does not limit the issues a party may raise in a petition or cross-petition for review.
(4) Waiver. A party's failure to raise any issue that could be raised in the petition for review or cross-petition for review constitutes a waiver of appellate review of that issue.
(d) Appendix Accompanying a Petition or Cross-Petition. Unless otherwise ordered, a petition or cross-petition may be accompanied by an appendix. The petition or cross-petition must not incorporate any document by reference, except the appendix. An appendix that exceeds 15 pages in length, exclusive of the trial court's rulings, must be submitted separately from the petition or cross-petition. An appendix is not required, but the petition must contain specific references to the record to support all material factual statements.
(e) Service of a Petition for Review, Cross-Petition for Review, Reply, or Related Filing. A party filing a petition, cross-petition, appendix, response, or reply, or another filing, must serve a copy of the filing on all other parties. The serving party must file a certificate of service complying with Rule 1.7(c)(3), identifying who was served and the date and manner of service.
(f) Response to a Petition or Cross-Petition for Review; Reply.
(1) Time and Place for Filing a Response; Extensions of Time.
(A) No later than 30 days after a petition or cross-petition is served, a party opposing the petition or cross-petition may file a response in the appellate court. Rule 31.3(d) governs computation of the deadline for filing the response.
(B) A party may file a motion with the appellate court for an extension of the time to file a response or reply in accordance with Rule 31.3(e).
(2) Form and Length of Response. The response must not exceed 6,000 words if typed and 22 pages if handwritten, exclusive of an appendix, and must comply with the form requirements in subpart (c)(1) An appendix to a response must comply with the form and substantive requirements in section (d).
(3) Reply. No later than 10 days after a response is served, a party may file a reply. The reply is limited to matters addressed in the response and may not exceed 3,000 words if typed and 11 pages if handwritten. It also must comply with the requirements in subpart (c)(1) and may not include an appendix.
(g) Computing and Modifying Appellate Court Deadlines. Except as otherwise provided herein, Rule 31.3(d) governs the computation of any appellate court deadline in this rule.
(h) Amicus Curiae. Rules 31.13(a)(7) and 31.15 govern filing and responding to an amicus curiae brief.
(i) Stay Pending Appellate Review. The State's filing of a petition for review of an order granting a new trial automatically stays the order until appellate review is completed. For any relief the trial court grants to a defendant other than a new trial, granting a stay pending further review is within the discretion of the trial court.
(j) Transmitting the Record to the Appellate Court. No later than 45 days after receiving a notice of filing under section (b), the trial court clerk must transmit the record to the appellate court. The record includes the entire trial court record, transcripts filed in the trial court, any exhibits admitted by the trial court in the post-conviction proceedings, and any documents or transcripts designated under section (b).
(k) Disposition. The appellate court may grant review of the petition or cross-petition and may order oral argument. Upon granting review, the court may grant or deny relief and issue other orders it deems necessary and proper.
(l) Reconsideration or Review of an Appellate Court Decision. The provisions in Rules 31.20 and 31.21 relating to motions for reconsideration and petitions for review in criminal appeals govern motions for reconsideration and petitions for review of an appellate court decision entered under section (k).
(m) Return of the Record. After the disposition of the petition for review, the appellate clerk must return the record to the trial court clerk.
(n) Notice to the Victim. Upon the victim's request, the State must notify the victim of any action taken by the appellate court.

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Added Aug. 29, 2019, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Amended effective Jan. 5, 2021; Aug. 24, 2023, effective Jan. 1, 2024.
16A A. R. S. Rules Crim. Proc., Rule 33.16, AZ ST RCRP Rule 33.16
State Court Rules are current with amendments received through May 15, 2024. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through May 15, 2024.
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