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Strategic Goal By 2012, 96% of family cases filed in Superior Court will be resolved within 12 months, and 99% within 24 months.

Trend over time:

Percent of Family Cases Filed in Superior Court Resolved

Why this is Important:

A family court is a court convened to decide matters and make orders in relations to family such as child support, divorce proceedings, orders of protection, paternity, and custody. Members of the community involved in family court expect resolution of cases without unnecessary delay. Resolving cases in a timely and efficient manner will ensure access to justice.

How Maricopa County government influences this goal:

Many factors influence the court’s ability to dispose of cases. For civil matters, which include general family cases, case disposition is largely in the hands of the litigants who bring or respond to these actions. The Superior Court is committed to exploring ways to make justice more affordable and more accessible to its customers. Many new court programs are dedicated to reducing delay, cutting costs, facilitating public access and providing more choices in resolving disputes without court trials.

How progress is measured:

Percent of family cases filed in Superior Court resolved within 12 months

Where we are:

Current indicator value (FY2011): 97.0%

The 97.0% of family cases filed in Superior Court that were resolved within 12 months in FY2011 is slightly ahead of the 2012 goal of 96.0%. If the case filings stay on the same track for FY2012, the goal will be achieved within the targeted time frame. This is a positive indicator that citizens continue to have access to effective and timely justice.

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