A group of 48 Arizona attorneys submitted comment regarding a petition to change Rule 72 of the Arizona Rules of Family Law Practice. In their response, the attorneys admitted publicly:
“To put it simply, trial courts are limiting the amount of trial time to an extent that it is nearly impossible to conduct any trial within the time allowed. While the excessive limitation on trial time has resulted in multiple cases being remanded back to the trial court due to the limitations on trial time, these practices continue, and are of serious concern, especially in Maricopa County….The result of the Volk case, and the time constraints imposed in that hearing are not unique. The Volk decision has been utilized repeatedly to overturn trial court decisions where time constraints were imposed. Although Volk provides a remedy, that remedy is not always being consistently adhered to by the trial courts, and many litigants cannot afford the appellate review process to remedy any wrongs. The issue remains that few cases can ever afford appellate review, and while Volk may provide a remedy, it is the exception and not the rule.”
The comment document can be found here.