Arizonans who smoke marijuana can't be charged with driving while impaired absent actual evidence they are affected by the drug, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning.Read More »
In a rare split decision, the Arizona Supreme Court explained today that a law setting new contribution limits is valid because voters in 1998 would have set specific amounts into statute if they wanted them fixed.Read More »
State lawmakers cannot balance the budget by limiting pension benefit increases for retired judges, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court declined to accept a case challenging the state’s new campaign contribution limits.
In a Tuesday afternoon order, Justice Robert Brutinel wrote that the court would not accept a petition for special action filed by opponents of HB2593, who hoped to bypass the lower courts and go straight to the Supreme Court. Brutinel did not elaborate on the high court’s reason for declining jurisdiction in the case.
The current Arizona Supreme Court has the potential to become the longest sitting court since the state stopped electing justices. The crop of justices averages 56 years old. The earliest any of them reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 will be 2021.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court plans to consider whether state court procedures and rules should be changed to take into account the growth of social media and new wireless communications devices such as smartphones and tablets.Read More »
Newly appointed Arizona Supreme Court Justice Robert Brutinel, a Republican, will bring his rural roots and trial court experience to the bench. He edged out finalists Ann Scott Timmer, a Republican, and Diane Johnsen, a Democrat.Read More »
Brutinel has reached the judicial zenith in Prescott, where he has served as the presiding judge of Yavapai County Superior Court since 2004 and the court’s presiding juvenile judge since 1996.Read More »