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Strategic Priority Provide all citizens with access to an effective, integrated justice system

On a beam high atop the new Criminal Court Tower in downtown Phoenix a hand-written inscription is painted: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” These ideals have inspired the Maricopa County Superior Court for more than a century, longer than Arizona has been a state. Ours is one of the most respected and honored judicial systems in America, for its performance, its commitment to innovation, convenience and access. That relentless drive to improve has served us well during the recent economic recession, in which the judiciary has continued to serve despite budget and staff reductions and a rise in civil litigation and tax filings. Every day, Superior Court judges and officers make difficult decisions about guilt, innocence, punishment, broken marriages and families, the care of the mentally ill and juveniles in state custody. The court is asked to resolve disputes and address business malfeasance. We try to do so with competence, wisdom and compassion, employing the highest ethical standards. We intend to keep it that way over the next decade, improving efficiency and access while maintaining our independence and professionalism. It is a high responsibility, one that our officers do not shrink from, but embrace.

FY 2011-2015 Strategic Goals:

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  • Strategic Goal #1: By 2012, 96% of family cases filed in Superior Court will be resolved within 12 months, and 99% within 24 months.
  • Strategic Goal #2: By 2012, 95% of civil cases filed in Superior Court will be resolved within 18 months, and 99% within 24 months.
  • Strategic Goal #3: By 2013, 85% of criminal felony cases filed in Superior Court will be resolved within 180 days, and 90% within 365 days.
  • Strategic Goal #4: By 2014, 85% of probate cases will meet case-monitoring compliance standards, and the remaining cases will be as close to case-monitoring standards as possible.

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