The Arizona Supreme Court has approved a comprehensive set of changes to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, which govern civil cases filed in superior courts in Arizona. Amendments made to the rules are the most comprehensive revision of Arizona’s civil rules in nearly fifty years, with changes aimed at clarifying and simplifying rules. Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales will explain the new rules.
Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law has moved from the Tempe campus to Downtown Phoenix, with a grand opening coming next week. Thomas Williams, the law college’s assistant dean for academic affairs and the institution, will tell us more about the Arizona Center for Law and Society building and the advantages of being closer to courts in downtown Phoenix.
Each year, the Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice gives awards to individuals, teams, or projects that support the five main goals outlined in the Strategic Agenda for Arizona’s Courts. Chief Justice Scott Bales will tell us about the winners of the awards.
A hearing was held on the merits of a lawsuit that is seeking to stop the expansion of Medicaid in Arizona, an expansion that allowed hundreds of thousands of indigent people to get health insurance. The suit went forward after courts determined that state lawmakers had the right to sue over whether funding for the expansion was legally implemented. Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services will discuss the hearing.
ASU law professor Paul Bender offers his legal analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court Oral Arguments in Arizona v. United States. Governor Jan Brewer appealed the case to the High Court after lower courts prevented key parts of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law from taking effect.
The Ice House, a unique art space and gallery in Phoenix’ warehouse district, is on the verge of closing due to financial challenges, but a group of local artists is trying to rescue the place. We’ll show you what they’re doing to help.
Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor recently gave her state of the judiciary speech to the Arizona legislature. The Chief Justice will talk about issues regarding the judiciary, including attempts to get rid of the merit selection system for judges. She will also talk about a program the courts have to help people meet their mortgage payments.
Last fall, voters approved proposition 100, which requires illegal immigrants accused of serious felonies to be held without bail. Critics charge that the courts are not enforcing the new law, and the state legislature is considering a bill that would lower the level of proof for holding an illegal immigrant accused of a serious felony without bail. Senator Linda Gray and Representative Ben Miranda discuss the measure.
state Representative David Lujan talks about House Bill 2325, that says courts shall not grant legal custody of a child to a parent who has engaged in polygamy and will continue to engage in child bigamy or polygamy in the future. Lujan also plans to introduce a bill to provide $500,000 to help shelter women and children in Phoenix and Flagstaff after they have left the fundamentalist church. Joining him will be Flora Jessop, who escaped Warren Jeffs' polygamous community in Colorado City.