High Interest Cases
The Courts in Santa Cruz County are committed to ensuring the public’s access to Court Services, and to the delivery of fair and timely justice.
We believe that the public and the court’s interests are best served when information about the court’s work and the execution of its responsibilities are reported in an accurate and timely manner. To that end, the court will make every reasonable effort to provide timely access to hearings and public records within the constraints of the Arizona Supreme Court’s Rules (Rules 122 and 123), local Administrative Order 2011-003, and the court’s resources.
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Electronic and Photographic Public or Media Coverage must comply with Arizona Supreme Court Rule 122, local policy and local Administrative Order 2011-003.
The use of camera and or photographic equipment in the courthouse is forbidden without express permission of the Presiding Judge, The Clerk of Superior Court, the assigned judicial officer, or the Court Administrator.
All requests to use a camera or video recording system must be submitted in a request to the judicial officer on the case and the Court Administrator (with a copy to the Office Manager) by using the Media Request Form not less than 48 hours in advance of the hearing. Judicial staff must submit all camera requests to attorneys on the case, and to the judge. Once they each respond, the media request will answered with an approval or notice of a hearing on the matter. Should there be outstanding questions before or after the answer, persons may contact the Court Administrator (520-375-7740)
All requests to use an audio recorder require notification of the Court (the Judge) of the person’s intent to record the audio. This is approved so long as the recording does not interfere with the proceedings.
All case records are open to the public except as may be closed by law, or as provided in Arizona Supreme Court Rule 122 and 123. Public members and media personnel may contact the clerk’s offices to learn about obtaining copies or reviewing select court documents:
Superior Court Clerk: (520) 375-7700
Justice Court Clerk; (520) 375-7761
Nogales City Court (520) 287-3181
Patagonia Town Court (520) 394-2958
Public members and media personnel can obtain general information about statewide court cases in which information has been provided to the Supreme Court’s Public Access to Court Information website at the following link: http://apps.supremecourt.az.gov/publicaccess/caselookup.aspx
By using this website, persons may be able to find out what cases have been filed for a specific individual. Similarly, a specific case can also be viewed by entering the case number. Once a case is selected, general information is displayed which may include pleadings filed, hearings held and status of the case.
For more information about the case, the public member or media person may contact the office of the Clerk of the Court if they wish to review the case file.
Exemptions include those cases that are confidential by law, such as adoptions, minor dependency cases and severances. See Rule 123, Public Access to the Judicial Records of the State of Arizona.