Guide To Primary Arizona Legal Materials

Jacquelyn Kasper
Reference & Government Documents Librarian

[County Laws] [City Laws] [Regulations] [State Court Decisions]
[Court Rules] [Ethics Opinions] [Administrative Decisions]
[Internet Sources]

STATE LAWS

Slip Laws. (Official)

Phoenix:  Arizona Secretary of State.
Location:  Reserve. (current year only)

Individual laws by Chapter number from the current legislative session.

Session Laws

Session Laws of Arizona. 1912- (Official)

Phoenix:  Arizona Secretary of State
Location:  Arizona Collection

Compilation of acts in numerical Chapter order as passed in a legislative session (First and Second Regular Sessions and Special Sessions). Contains lists of elected officials, legislators, texts of memorials and resolutions, Governor's veto messages, and election results (proposition texts and votes). Indexed by broad topic (A.R.S. titles); cross-tables of chapters and bills. Updated by Arizona Legislative Service compilation of current session laws with table of A.R.S. sections affected.

http://www.azleg.state.az.us/ (1995 - )
WESTLAW:  AZ-LEGIS (Current) AZ-LEGIS-OLD (1988-1996)
LEXIS:  ARIZ-AZALS

Statutes

Arizona Revised Statutes, Annotated. (Official)

St. Paul, MN:  West Pub. Co.
Location:  Arizona Collection, Reserve, Reference

Codified law arranged by broad topics (Titles) in hardbound volumes. Contains the Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, Treaties of Guadalupe Hidalgo and Gadsden, Enabling Act and other Admission documents, and State Constitution. Statute sections followed by historical notes, headnotes of decisions, references to law review commentaries and state regulations, and cross-references to other statutes. Tables volume correlates session laws with prior revisions and compilations of statutes. Volumes 16-17B include court and miscellaneous rules. Detailed index with cross-references and Popular Name Table. A.R.S. sections updated annually by pocket parts and pamphlets and the Interim Annotation Service, with individual volumes revised periodically.

Table of dates of effective enactments appears in front of each A.R.S. volume, pocket part, and pamphlet.

WESTLAW:  AZ-STAT-ANN
LEXIS:  ARIZ-AZCODE

Arizona Revised Statutes.

Charlotteville, VA:  Michie
Location:  Reserve, Reference

Current codified law arranged by broad topic (Titles) in 4 softbound volumes. Contains the state Constitution, and has companion volumes of Annotation Service and Rules of Court, Annotated. Indexes by topic, including the court rules, with cross-references. Each annual edition replaces the previous one. Updated by the Advance Legislative Service, a compilation of current session laws with table of A.R.S. sections affected and effective dates of enactments.

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COUNTY LAWS

Ordinances

Pima County Ordinances. (Official)

Tucson:  Pima County Board of Supervisors.
Location:  On file at County Clerk's Office

Individual enactments by year-numerical order.

Code

Pima County (Arizona) Code. (Official)

Seattle, WA:  Book Publishing Co.
Location:  Reserve KFA 2999 P55 A35 1985

Codified ordinances arranged by topic, chapter, then section number. Topics include animals, health and safety, business licenses, building and construction codes, floodplain/erosion management, air quality, highways and traffic, and zoning. Tables of correlation to A.R.S. statutory references and County ordinance numbers. Topical index with cross-references. Updated by periodic looseleaf filings.

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CITY LAWS

Ordinances

Tucson City Ordinances. (Official)

Tucson:  City.
Location:  On file at City Clerk's Office

Individual enactments by number.

Code

Tucson (Arizona) Code. (Official)

Tallahassee, FL.:  Municipal Code Corporation.
Location:  Reserve KFA 2999.5 H33

Codification of ordinances by topic, arranged by title and section number. Topics include animals, building and construction codes, business licenses, cable and telcommunications, crimes, elections, occupation and privilege taxes, procurement, and traffic. Contains the Charter (1883) and information on city government, and elected and appointed officials. Tables of ordinances with dates and disposition. Contains cross-references to state law and some annotations to case law. Indexes to Charter and Code. Updated by periodic looseleaf filings.

Tucson (Arizona) Land Use Code. (Official)

Tucson:  City Planning Dept.
Location:  Reserve KFA 2858 Z99 T85

1995 codification of land use technical regulations, covering zones, land development, subdivisions, and city zoning administration and procedures. Has extensive section on definitions.

Previous Tucson Zoning Codes (1968, 1987) incorporated within older Tucson Codes.

Code of the City of Phoenix. (Official)

Phoenix:  City.
Location:  Reserve KFA 2999.5 P4 A35

Codification of Charter and city ordinances, including zoning. Arranged by Chapter-Section with table of contents at beginning of each chapter. Topics include administration, animals, building and construction, licenses, franchises, traffic, morals and conduct, parks, water, and zoning. Topical index with cross-references. Updated by looseleaf filings.

Zoning Ordinance of the City of Phoenix.

Phoenix:  City Planning Dept.
Location:  Reserve KFA 2858 Z9 P56

1991 codification of zoning information including planning documents, zoning districts, fee schedules, development standards, enforcement. Incorporated within Phoenix Code by reference.

Topical index. Updated by looseleaf filings.

NOTE:  Additional city codes are at the Arizona State Law Library, Phoenix.

Tribal Codes

Please see a Reference Librarian for assistance in finding tribal codes.

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REGULATIONS

Arizona Administrative Register. (Official)

Phoenix:  Arizona Secretary of State.
Location:  Reserve KFA 2436 A75

Contains notices of proposed and final rule changes. Has index to rulemaking and separate index for Governor's appointments, proclamations, executive orders, and Attorney General opinions.

Issued bi-weekly.

Arizona Administrative Code. (Official)

Phoenix:  Arizona Secretary of State.
Location:  Reserve KFA 2935 1974 A23

Contains regulations adopted by the state agencies and commissions, covering personnel administration, regulated professions, health and economic services, businesses and corporations, revenue, and environment. Includes information on the rulemaking process and adjudicatory procedure. Indexed by topic. Updated by looseleaf supplements and the Arizona Administrative Register.

WESTLAW:  AZ-ADC
LEXIS:  ARIZ-AZADMN

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STATE COURT DECISIONS

Slip Opinions. (Official)

Phoenix:  Arizona Supreme Court
Location:  Reserve (current year only)

Individual opinions of the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal as issued.

Arizona Advance Reports.

Provo, UT:  Code Co.
Location:  Reserve

Contains Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal decisions. Issued bi-weekly with semi-annual case and subject indexes. Each issue contains cumulative case name list since last index with table of parallel cites in Arizona Reports and Pacific Reporter.

Arizona Reports. (Official)

San Francisco, CA:  Bancroft, 1884-1945 (v.1-63)
St. Paul, MN:  West Pub. Co., 1945- (V. 64- )
Location:  Arizona Collection

Contains Supreme Court decisions from Territorial days (1866) and Courts of Appeal decisions from 1977. Indexed by Arizona Digest according to West's topic/key number system with detailed word and case names indexes; contains list of cites to words and phrases.

WESTLAW:  AZ-CS
LEXIS:  ARIZ-AZCTS

Arizona Appeals Reports. (Official)

St. Paul, MN:  West Publishing Co., 1965-1976 (v. 1-27)
Location:  Arizona Collection

Contains Courts of Appeal decisions from creation of the two appellate court Divisions in 1964 through 1976. Indexed by Arizona Digest.

WESTLAW:  AZ-CS
LEXIS:  ARIZ-APP

Pacific Reporter. (1st, 2nd)

St. Paul, MN:  West Publishing Co.
Location:  Reporter Section

Regional reporter which contains decisions from Arizona courts from 1866. Indexed by Pacific Digest according to West's topic/key number system with detailed word and case names indexes; contains list of cites to words and phrases.

WESTLAW:  PAC

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COURT RULES

Administrative Orders. (Official)

Phoenix:  Arizona Supreme Court.
Location:  Reserve KFA 2910.5 A3 S96

Issuances regarding judicial appointments and disqualifications/reassignments, and new and amended rules on court procedure and standards.

WESTLAW:  AZ-ORDERS

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated, v. 16-17B. (Official)

St. Paul, MN:  West Pub. Co.
Location:  Reserve, Reference, Arizona Collection

Contains rules governing civil, criminal, and appellate procedure in state courts and local rules of practice in individual counties and cities (Tucson, Phoenix), including justice of the peace, traffic and juvenile courts. Contains rules covering:  evidence, arbitration, medical malpractice and liability, foster care, tax court, special actions, trust accounts, attorney profesional conduct, judicial commissions, and judicial review of administrative decisions. Some sections have own indexes. Updated annually by pocket parts or pamphlets.

WESTLAW:  AZ-RULES
LEXIS:  AZRULE

Arizona Rules of Court:  State and Federal.

St. Paul, MN:  West Pub. Co.
Location:  Reserve, Reference, Arizona Collection

Unannotated compilation of state and local rules from A.R.S., child support guidelines and schedule of support, and federal rules of evidence and practice for 9th Circuit, District and Bankruptcy Courts. Sections on Superior Court rules and medical malpractice include interrogatories. Updated by annual editions.

Arizona Rules of Court Annotated.

Provo, UT:  Michie.
Location:  Reserve, Reference

Contains state and local rules, and 9th Circuit federal rules, with State Bar Committee notes and case law annotations. Sections have own indexes. Updated by supplements and annual editions.

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ETHICS OPINIONS

Arizona Ethics Opinions. (Official)

Phoenix:  State Bar of Arizona.
Location:  Arizona Collection KF 305 A22 A6

Opinions issued by State Bar's Committee on Rules of Professional Conduct containing facts, issues and rules involving attorney professional conduct. Numbered by year-opinion number. Indexed by keyword in Index-Digest for 1954-1982; listed by opinion number, date with digest in Digest of Ethics Opinions, 1954-1994.

Arizona Ethics Desk Reference.

Phoenix:  State Bar of Arizona, 1995.
Location:  Arizona Collection KF 305 A22 A615

Opinions regarding attorney professional conduct with keyword index. Updated by looseleaf filings.

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ADMINISTRATIVE DECISIONS

Opinions. (Official)

Phoenix:  Arizona Attorney General.
Location:  Arizona Collection

Formal legal opinions by Attorney General offering guidance to school districts, agencies, public officials, legislators, and court personnel in day-to-day operations. Issued by year-opinion number.

Also issued in annual bound compilation with index and tables referencing statutes and cases.

WESTLAW:  AZ-AG
LEXIS:  ARIZ-AZAG

Decisions. (Official)

Phoenix:  Arizona State Board of Tax Appeals.
Location:  Arizona Collection KF 6730 A556

Administrative decisions from the Board of Tax Appeals.

WESTLAW:  AZTX-ADMIN
LEXIS:  ARIZ-AZTAX

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INTERNET SOURCES

http://az.gov/webapp/portal/
State of Arizona Home Page. Links to the individual departments in the three branches of government.

http://www.home.earthlink.net/~jjfjr/
Arizona Lawyer's Guide To the Internet. Links to official cites for legislative and judicial information, including Pima County Superior Court and Justice Court, and to the Child Support Guidelines. Links to Secretary of State for Arizona Administrative Code and UCC and business information, and to other state and local agencies. Gateway to the State Bar, University library catalogs, newspapers, and television stations.

http://www.azbar.org
State Bar of Arizona Home Page. Links to federal, Arizona, general legal and State Bar information, including professional conduct. Has court, lawyer and expert witnesses directories. Noteworthy links:  National Criminal Justice Reference Service and GPO Access.

http://www.aallnet.org/chapter/azll/arizona.htm
Arizona Association of Law Librarians (AzALL) Arizona Materials. Links to Arizona legal information including many official cites.

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