If you need copies of your record, want to see what happened in a local court case, or are interested in reviewing all the decisions made by the same judge, you can access Arizona court records in many ways.
What are Court Records in Arizona?
Court records refer to any documentation involving court proceedings in the state of Arizona. This extends to:
- Municipal Courts,
- Justice of the Peace Courts,
- Arizona Superior Court,
- Arizona Court of Appeals,
- Arizona Supreme Court.
This includes paperwork submitted by attorneys, the evidence submitted as part of the case, judgments rendered by the judge, and any other associated paperwork.
Who Can Look Up Court Records in Arizona?
Anyone is legally allowed to look up public court records in Arizona, including:
- Government agencies,
- Members of the public.
You do not need to be directly involved in the case in order to look up case information and view court records.
How to Find Court Records
All Arizona courts may keep official records in paper or electronic format. Therefore there are three ways you can find court records:
- You can go to the courthouse involved in the case and ask to look at paper copies.
- You can go to the courthouse involved in the case and ask to review electronic records.
- You can use remote access to look at electronic records through an online portal, where available.
You can Arizona public access to court records using a case record search online. If you want criminal and civil court records in Arizona, you can use the online portal. This portal provides online access to unrestricted public court documents and case records. All case documents come at a fee. The Arizona Superior Court offers subscriptions* for remote access to Arizona court documents:
|Pay As You Go||$10 per document accessed|
|$80 per month||Can access up to 20 documents per month**|
|$200 per month||Can access up to 50 documents per month|
|$360 per month||Can access up to 100 documents per month|
|$640 per month||Can access up to 200 documents per month|
|$1,050 per month||Can access up to 375 documents per month|
|$10,000 per month||Can access up to 5,000 documents per month|
*Approved government agencies are not charged a subscription fee.
**There are no rollover systems in place.
Note: If you have a subscription but go over your limit, each remaining document accessed is assessed at a $10 Pay As You Go fee.
Once you create a membership, you can find Arizona court records through your portal.
Some Arizona courts do not offer online access at this time, including:
- Arizona Supreme Court
- Court of Appeals – Division 1
- Court of Appeals – Division 2
- Chandler Municipal Court (non-delinquent cases)
- Gilbert Municipal Court
- Justice of the Peace Courts (non-delinquent cases)
- Maricopa Superior Courts (non-criminal cases)
- Mesa Municipal Court
- Paradise Valley Municipal Court
- Tempe Municipal Court
- Pima Consolidated Justice Court (non-delinquent cases)
- Pima County Superior Court
For most of these courts, you must visit the courthouse in person and ask to see the paper or electronic copies they have on file. This will come at a fee to be assessed by the individual court. If you need to make copies to take with you, an additional fee may be levied per page.
For the Arizona Court of Appeals, you can request to view or copy court documents in person, via email, or through the mail. At the courthouse, you must submit a Copy Request Form. Submit the same form via email to [email protected] You can mail a request using the same form but must render payment concurrently for all documents to:
Court of Appeals
Division One Clerk’s Office
1501 W. Washington Avenue
Phoenix, AZ, 85007
Excluded Items Online and Offline
Certain case types are excluded from access through online or offline sources, including:
- Cases involving unserved restraining orders,
- Sealed cases (often involving minors),
- Victim and witness data,
- Mental health cases,
- Probate cases.
Why are Court Records Open to the Public?
Arizona Public Record Law makes the access and distribution of public records legal within the state. This decision ensures government transparency.
Are Criminal History Records Available in Arizona?
Criminal history records are only available within the state of Arizona. Individuals who want to view their criminal history records and challenge some of the information can do so online or by calling 602-223-2222. Employment background checks can be submitted online. Non-criminal justice agencies can apply for criminal history records.
Can I Access Juvenile Court Records in Arizona?
Juvenile case information cannot be viewed online or offline save in situations where juveniles are parties to other cases like traffic violations.
What is an Arizona Judgment Record?
Arizona judgment records describe the court’s decision or outcome of a case. These are available for public viewing, but you must know the case number and pay for any associated fees.
What is an Arizona Bankruptcy Court Record?
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of Arizona, is responsible for financial court records on people or businesses that have filed for bankruptcy. Arizona bankruptcy records provide financial details on people or businesses that have filed for bankruptcy in courts within the state. It contains different details such as a list of assets, income, creditors, and other information. These are available to the public, but private information like date of birth, social security numbers, and addresses may be redacted.
How Do I Find A Case Number In Arizona?
Each court record is tied to a specific case, with a corresponding case number. The case number will contain information about the court officers to whom it was assigned, the year the case was filed, and the type of case it was (i.e., criminal or civil).
You can request a case number in person or via email from the court where the case took place. This may come at an additional fee. Once you have the case number, you may be able to obtain copies of court records remotely or in person.