January 2017

ACTION ITEM: Request Rep Eddie Farnsworth (R-LD12) Hold Hearings on Family Law Bills

Several very good family bills have been dropped this year in the Arizona House of Representatives and are assigned to the Judiciary and Public Safety committee but have yet to be scheduled for a hearing. Your voice is needed to bring these bills forward! Call or write the committee chairman, Rep Eddie Farnsworth, and request he… Read more ACTION ITEM: Request Rep Eddie Farnsworth (R-LD12) Hold Hearings on Family Law Bills

HB2220 Passes The House JPS Committee

HB2220 passed in the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee by a vote of 8-1.  An amendment offered by Chairman Eddie Farnsworth (R-LD12) passed which would move the effective date to January 1, 2018. Next steps in the House: Rules Committee Caucus Committee of the Whole (COW) Please contact your two Representatives and ensure they… Read more HB2220 Passes The House JPS Committee

APPELLATE DIVISION ONE: PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES

From the Appellate Commission on Trial Court Appointments: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2017 Contact:  Vanessa Haney (602) 452-3098 Public Asked for Input on Candidates for Arizona Court of Appeals The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments is asking for public comment on five candidates for two openings on Division One of the Arizona Court of Appeals. … Read more APPELLATE DIVISION ONE: PUBLIC ASKED FOR INPUT ON CANDIDATES

HB2220 in House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on January 25th

The House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee of the Arizona Legislature has scheduled a hearing on HB2220 for Wednesday, January 25th, at 2:00pm. HB2220 requires that the clerk of the court: Not designate a paper transcript as the only official record if an audio recording was made and is audible, and Provide equal filing and access… Read more HB2220 in House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on January 25th

Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure

The Arizona Supreme Court has established the Task Force on the Rules of Family Law Procedure to review current rules and develop change petitions where necessary.  Chief Justice Scott Bales issued Administrative Order 2016-131 to form and direct the work of the task force. Membership of the task force has been largely assigned.  Judges Paul McMurdie… Read more Task Force on the Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure

Family Law Reform Legislation Arrives

AZCFF staff has been working with legislators and partner activists and organizations to prepare for this legislative session.  We’re proud of the work the team has accomplished. So far, the following bills have been dropped: HB2220:  Requires the courts to (1) accept audio and/or video records as official records of court proceedings if such recordings… Read more Family Law Reform Legislation Arrives

Appellate Division One: Applicants Announced

From the Appellate Commission on Trial Court Appointments: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Contact:  Vanessa Haney (602) 452-3098 Six Applicants Being Considered for Arizona Court of Appeals  The public is asked for comments on six applicants for two openings on Division I of the Arizona Court of Appeals created by the retirement of Judge Patricia… Read more Appellate Division One: Applicants Announced

Pima County: Judicial Nominees Announced

From the Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2017 Contact: Blanca Moreno (602) 452-3308 JUDICIAL NOMINEES ANNOUNCED The Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments has recommended five candidates to Governor Doug Ducey for an opening on the Pima County Superior Court. Nominees for the opening created by the retirement… Read more Pima County: Judicial Nominees Announced

A Brief HOW-TO on Arizona Advocacy at the Legislature

With the 2017 regular session now open, we all need to be ready to make our voices heard in favor of protecting the rights of parents to direct the upbringing of their children without unnecessary interference. Here are some helpful links to get you prepared: The Arizona Legislature website Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS) Arizona Constitution Bill… Read more A Brief HOW-TO on Arizona Advocacy at the Legislature

First Day of the 2017 Arizona Legislative Session

AZCFF welcomes all Arizona legislators on this first day of the 2017 regular session. We are excited to have met so many new and returning legislators, and to work with several on important reforms to the area of family law and strengthening protections for parental rights. AZCFF will be providing timely information on legislation and… Read more First Day of the 2017 Arizona Legislative Session