Notice of Rule Changes

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Proposed Revised Local Rules of Practice
For Yuma County Superior Court
And Invitation for Comments

The filing, processing and management of cases are governed by rules of procedure, and in addition to state-wide rules, all 15 counties in Arizona have local rules of practice for superior court. These rules afford local courts the ability to implement more detailed, localized procedures, as long as the local rules are not in conflict with the statewide rules. The purpose of the rules is to promote justice, fairness, and the timely disposition of actions and proceedings.

In August 2016, then Presiding Judge Maria Elena Cruz established the Civil Rules Committee, chaired by Judge Lawrence C. Kenworthy, to among other things, review the Local Rules of Yuma County to see if they conform to recent Arizona Civil Rule changes. These proposed rule changes arise from the Committee’s recommendations.

The process of amending or changing local rules is governed by Rule 28.1 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona.  The superior court bench approved the proposed rules and the Court now invites public comment on the proposed rules.  Comments may be made by following the link to the comments page.  The comment period ends at 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2018.  Once the comment period has ended, the Court will submit a request for approval with the Supreme Court clerk.  Per Rule 28.1 (f), this Court must submit any comments it received with its application for approval.  

I invite you to review the proposed rules, and if you have specific comments, please follow the instructions on the comment submission screen so you may provide your thoughts. Please note we cannot accept anonymous comments and will ask for contact information so that we may follow up on comments which may be unclear or require further explanation.

Once the application for approval and attendant documents have been submitted to the Supreme Court, that court may enter an order opening a 60 day time period for public comment. Rule 28.1(g). At the expiration of the comment period, the Supreme Court will consider our application.

Thank you

David M. Haws
Presiding Judge, Yuma County Superior Court

Review Proposed Rules - until 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2018
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Invitation for Public Comment - until 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2018
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