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Rule 91. Superior Courts and Clerks

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of the Supreme Court of Arizona

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona (Refs & Annos)
VIII. Superior Court Administration
A.R.S. Sup.Ct.Rules, Rule 91
Rule 91. Superior Courts and Clerks
(a) Superior Courts Always Open. The superior courts shall be deemed always open for the purpose of filing any pleading or other proper paper, of issuing and returning mesne and final process, and of making and directing interlocutory motions, orders, and rules.
(b) Time When Court Convenes. The superior court in each county shall set the time at which court will convene and close on each day.
(c) Organization; Assignment of Cases. The superior courts which have two or more judges shall make suitable rules for their organization and for assignment of cases to the different judges.
(d) Trials and Hearings; Orders in Chambers. All trials upon the merits shall be conducted in open court and so far as convenient in a regular court room. All other acts or proceedings may be done or conducted by a judge in chambers, without the attendance of the clerk or other court officials and at any place either within or without the county. No hearing, other than one ex parte, shall be conducted outside the county without the consent of all parties affected thereby.
(e) Determination of Matters Within Sixty Days; Report. Every matter submitted for determination to a judge of the superior court for decision shall be determined and a ruling made not later than sixty days from submission thereof, in accordance with Section 21. Article VI of the Arizona Constitution. Each superior court clerk shall report to the Administrative Director of the Courts, in writing, on the last day of March, June, September and December, in each year, all matters in that court submitted for decision sixty days or more prior to the date of such report and remaining undecided on the date of the report. The report shall contain the title of each action or proceeding, the matter submitted, the judge to whom submitted, and the date of submission.
(f) Record in Superior Court. Every document or object filed in an action or proceeding shall constitute a part of the record in the superior court. All documents and objects offered in evidence, whether admitted or rejected, shall be marked as exhibits or for identification, and filed in the action or proceeding. The court may order the return of an original exhibit provided an appropriate copy or a duplicate is substituted therefor.
(g) Withdrawal of Papers. Papers on file in the office of the clerk shall not be taken from the office by any person except a judge of the court, or upon a judge's written authorization, which shall specify the papers to be taken, the person who may take them, and shall be filed by the clerk in the appropriate place in the clerk's records.
(h) Uniform Size of Electronic and Paper Transcripts.
(1) The certified transcript of testimony of any proceeding shall be furnished by the authorized transcriber formatted for 81/2 by 11 inch paper having 25 lines per page with total combined margins of text not to exceed 2 and 1/8 inches.
(2) A deposition transcript, reduced in size, consisting of not more than four pages of text printed on one 8 ½ by 11 inch page, may be furnished.
(i) Review of Probate Proceedings. The court in each county shall review at least annually the status of all decedents' estates under supervised administration and guardianship and conservatorship proceedings pending for more than two years.


Added Oct. 10, 2000, effective Dec. 1, 2000. Amended Sept. 18, 2006, effective Jan. 1, 2007.
<Formerly Part VII. Redesignated as Part VIII January 15, 2003, effective July 1, 2003.>
<The heading was changed from “Court Commissioners” to “Superior Court Administration” by order dated Oct. 10, 2000, effective Dec. 1, 2000.>
17A Pt. 2 A. R. S. Sup. Ct. Rules, Rule 91, AZ ST S CT Rule 91
State Court Rules are current with amendments received and effective through May 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through May 15, 2023.
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