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Arizona Superior Court in Pima County

Frequently Asked Questions

The mission of the Law Library and Resource Center is to provide access to legal information, a basic component of access to justice, to all residents of Pima County in ways that are reliable, efficient, respectful, innovative and economical.

At the library you will find legal forms, computers, printer/photocopiers, study and work space, legal books and resources, and staff to assist you.  Our computers provide access to Westlaw, Gale LegalForms, HeinOnline and the Internet to help you with your research. All copies are self-service, black and white only, and cost 15¢ per copy.  Our print collection is limited, with an emphasis on Arizona Law and Family Law. Our Legal Research page will help connect you to laws, rules, cases, public records and other legal resources.

The library has forms for many types of cases, many of which can be downloaded and printed from our website. Some forms are preprinted and ready to hand out. Other forms will need to be photocopied from books by you. The copy charge is 15 cents per page.  A librarian can show you the forms we have and then you can select which form you need based on your situation. Librarians are not permitted to choose forms for you, and librarians cannot tell you what to write in the blanks. See FAQ “What can library staff do for me?” for more details.

An attorney can be hired to prepare legal forms, advise you on how the law might impact your case, and represent you in court. Our Find a Lawyer page provides links to lawyer referral services.

Individuals who qualify, may be able to receive limited services for free from either an attorney, or a law student supervised by faculty, through one of the free legal clinics in town.  See our Free Legal Clinics page for details.

A Certified Legal Document Preparer can be hired to assist with the preparation of legal forms, but they cannot provide legal advice or represent you in court. The Certification and Licensing Division of the Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts provides a list of legal document preparers who are certified by the AOC’s Legal Document Preparer Program

Law Library staff can provide very limited assistance. See “What can library staff do for me?” for details.

We can

    • Show you the forms and form books we have.

    • Help you find books and resources that might help you with your case.

    • Give you general information about court rules, procedures and practices.

    • Direct you to useful Internet sites containing information helpful to others in your situation.

    • Show you how to use our computer legal research tools, including Westlaw.

    • Provide you with attorney-written information.

We cannot

  • Tell you which forms you should use.

  • Fill out your form for you or tell you what words to use.

  • Tell you what to do in your case.

  • Tell you whether you should bring your case to court or speculate as to what a judge might decide.

  • Do computer research for you or type your documents for you.

  • Interpret or explain cases and laws for you, or tell you how they apply to your case.

  • Analyze your case beyond our attorney-written information or give you legal advice.

Your case, and your comfort level in representing yourself, is unique to you, so only you can answer this question. It is not easy to represent yourself in court, but many people do it, for financial and other reasons. On our Find a Lawyer page you will find both lawyer referral services as well as organizations that provide free or low-cost legal assistance. If you decide to represent yourself, see the Free Legal Clinics page for some additional help.  If you are starting a divorce, custody or child support case, the library provides forms that come with detailed step by step instructions that help people without a law background understand the process. 

Eating and drinking is not allowed, and cell phones must be silenced inside the library. Keep your personal belongings with you always. The library is not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Children under the age of thirteen (13) must be attended at all times by a responsible adult. The library’s complete Code of Conduct is posted inside the library and our staff would be happy to provide you with your own copy.

Keeping the library’s print materials in the library assures their availability for everyone who is doing research. Therefore, borrowing privileges are only available to Judicial officers and court staff.  A photocopier is available. All copies are self-service, black and white only, and cost 15¢ per copy.

No animals or pets are permitted in the Law Library and Resource Center except for service animals (as defined in 28 C.F.R. § 36.104 and A.R.S. § 11-1024).

Library users may use electrical outlets if the outlets are not already servicing library equipment or being used by maintenance personnel.  The library is not responsible for theft of unattended equipment, nor any damage, lost data, etc. resulting from power surges, electrical outages, and other acts. Talking on cell phones inside the library is not allowed.

The Law Library and Resource Center provides public access computers for members of the public with specific legal research needs and no appointment is necessary. Personal use of public computers is not permitted.

Access to the Special Collections room is limited to library staff who will assist you by bringing out items. No appointment is necessary. Before using Special Collections materials, patrons must provide a picture ID, such as a driver's license. Only one Special Collections item may be used at a time. Special Collections materials do not circulate, but photocopying is available at $0.15 per page, and up to 15 pages, if it is determined that the process will not damage the materials. All photocopying will be done by staff.

Unattended belongings are taken to the Superior Court’s Lost & Found office, which can be reached by calling (520) 724-3690. The Law Library is not responsible for any materials left unattended.