Arizona

Arizona in the United States

Arizona Legal Materials

This entry is organized by the branch of government, plus a section on Other Useful Information at the end of the entry.

I. Legislative Branch

The Arizona Legislature posts the Arizona Constitution, the Arizona Revised Statutes,session laws back to the 43rd Legislative Session (1997), bills and other legislative materials. TIP: Click on the “change session” link to get materials from prior years.

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Bills Status: To check the status of pending legislation, click on the “Bills” link on theArizona Legislature home page.

Questions: For questions about pending legislation and the legislative process, call the Public Information Office in the Arizona House (602-542-3032 or 4221) or Senate (602-542-3559).

Legislative History: For information on Arizona legislative history, see …

For more, see the State Legislative History entry in this Guide.

II. Executive Branch

Regulations: The Arizona Administrative Code and the Arizona Register are available free through Secretary of State’s Arizona Administrative Rules page. For commercial services, see the State Regulations and Administrative Code entry.

Government agencies: Links to Arizona government Web sites are available through the Arizona State Agency Directory and Washlaw.

III. Judicial Branch

Most judicial branch materials are posted by the Court of Appeals, Division I and theCourt of Appeals, Division II. For commercial case databases, see the State Casesentry.

Arizona court rules are posted free at www.supreme.state.az.us/rules/. Docket sheets and case information for Superior, Justice and Municipal courts is available through the Public Access to Court Information – Case Search. For commercial services, see the Docket Sheets entry.

Arizona jury instructions are drafted by a committee of the State Bar of Arizona, which posts a free electronic edition of the Civil Jury Instructions (but not the Criminal Jury Instructions). LexisNexis publishes Arizona jury instructions in print under the titleRevised Arizona Jury Instructions (formerly Recommended Arizona Jury Instructions). There is a Civil volume and a Criminal volume. You may be able to get copies of jury instructions from past years from the Arizona law libraries discussed in the “Questions and Document Delivery” section, below.

IV. Other Useful Information

Notaries and Apostilles: The Arizona Secretary of State’s Notaries page provides information about having documents notarized, certified and authenticated (including apostilles).

Questions and Document Delivery: For questions about and copies of Arizona legal materials, try calling the Law and Research Library Division (602-926-3870) of the Arizona State Library, the Ross-Blakley Law Library (480-965-6144) at Arizona State University or the Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library (520-621-5455) at the University of Arizona.

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

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Topics Covered by the Arizona Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Arizona jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Arizona statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • Arizona Statutes
  • AZ Cases & Case Law
  • Arizona Legal Websites
  • AZ State Government Info
  • Arizona Counties
  • Arizona Cities
  • Arizona Legislation
  • AZ Court Reporters/Depositions
  • Arizona Legal Forms
  • Arizona Courts
  • Arizona Local Court Rules
  • AZ State Bar/Legal Associations
  • Arizona Law Enforcement
  • Arizona Media Sources

Resources

See Also

Arizona: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Arizona. This part provides references, in relation to Arizona, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Arizona by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Arizona and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Arizona or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Arizona and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Arizona. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Arizona should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Arizona when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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