Latest Arizona Supreme Court News

Arizona court upholds convictions, sentences of slain inmate

Jan. 19, 2022 15:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the convictions and sentences of a death row inmate who himself was killed in his prison cell last month. Criminal prosecutions normally stop upon a defendant's death, but the court said it ruled on an appeal for Kenneth...

Arizona high court explains why it tossed budget bills

Jan. 06, 2022 18:38 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature's argument that it alone can decide whether laws it enacts pass constitutional muster fell so flat that the Arizona Supreme Court reached back to a landmark 1803 U.S. Supreme Court decision to remind lawmakers that courts do in fact...

Arizona plans to seek warrants for 1st executions in 7 years

Jan. 05, 2022 18:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors told the Arizona Supreme Court on Wednesday that they intend to seek execution warrants soon for two death-row inmates in what would be the state’s first executions in seven years. Nine months ago, the Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office made a...

Exchange: New legal profession starting in Arizona

Dec. 26, 2021 13:17 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Ten nonlawyer legal paraprofessionals will soon begin work in Arizona, offering legal services in limited practice areas previously restricted to licensed attorneys. The creation of this new level of legal services provider is an effort to narrow the “justice...

Arizona high court mulls AG's suit against ASU hotel plan

Dec. 16, 2021 17:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The state Supreme Court on Thursday appeared conflicted over whether Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich's lawsuit challenging a deal between Arizona State University and a hotel developer should be revived. Justices sharply questioned both sides on Thursday but...

Education groups short on signatures in tax-cut referendum

Nov. 05, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Education advocates did not collect enough valid signatures to give voters a chance to repeal a new state law exempting some business owners from a tax increase on the wealthy to boost school funding, a lawyer for Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said Friday. ...

Arizona high court upholds ruling blocking school mask bans

Nov. 02, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously upheld a lower court judgment that found the Republican-controlled Legislature violated the state constitution by including new laws banning school mask mandates and a series of other measures in unrelated budget bills. ...

Arizona Supreme Court upholds ruling that finds Legislature unconstitutionally put ban on school mask mandates in budget

Nov. 02, 2021 15:56 PM EDT
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Supreme Court upholds ruling that finds Legislature unconstitutionally put ban on school mask mandates in budget.

Judge likely to block law barring civilian police oversight

Oct. 26, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge on Tuesday told lawyers that he will likely rule that a new Arizona law that prevents a majority of civilians from serving on police oversight panels is unconstitutional. But Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah indicated that he was...