Rule 29. Court Records
Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of the Supreme Court of Arizona
A.R.S. Sup.Ct.Rules, Rule 29
Rule 29. Court Records
(A) Schedules and Purge Lists. The Supreme Court shall adopt, by administrative order, retention and disposition schedules identifying the length of time court records must be kept prior to destruction and purge lists identifying documents to be removed from case files before storage or replication.
(1) The Clerks of the Supreme Court and each division of the Court of Appeals may destroy or provide for the destruction of all documents, records, instruments, books, papers, depositions, exhibits and transcripts in any action or proceeding in the Supreme Court or Court of Appeals, or otherwise filed or deposited in the Clerk's custody, pursuant to this rule, Supreme Court administrative order, Supreme Court approved retention schedules, Supreme Court approved purge lists, Rule 24(c), Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure, and Rule 31.22(d), Rules of Criminal Procedure.
(2) For case file records that must be maintained permanently, the Clerks shall transfer the original record to the Arizona State Archives pursuant to records retention and disposition schedules adopted by the Supreme Court. Each court shall retain original digital records scheduled for permanent preservation until the State Archives is able to accept them.
(C) Superior Court Records. Superior Court records shall be maintained and may be destroyed in accordance with approved retention and disposition schedules, except that destruction of case file records shall be in accordance with Rule 94, Rules of the Supreme Court, and Rule 28, Rules of Criminal Procedure. The Clerk of Superior Court shall deliver records to State Archives pursuant to records retention and disposition schedules adopted by the Supreme Court.
(E) Destruction Notice. Each appellate court and superior court shall notify the Director of the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records of court records designated for destruction pursuant to this rule. The notice shall identify the records to be destroyed, where they are currently stored, and specify a time period of not less than 20 days, during which the Director may review and inspect the records, and remove any records for storage and retrieval. Following the designated time period, the records may be destroyed by any lawful means.
Added April 22, 1991, effective May 15, 1991. Amended Jan. 24, 2003, effective June 1, 2003; Sept. 27, 2005, effective Dec. 1, 2005; Sept. 1, 2011, effective Jan. 1, 2012; Sept. 2, 2014, effective Jan. 1, 2015; amended effective Jan. 16, 2019.
17A Pt. 2 A. R. S. Sup. Ct. Rules, Rule 29, AZ ST S CT Rule 29
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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