PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court has approved a comprehensive restyling of the rules of criminal procedure, which govern criminal cases filed in courts throughout the state.
The amendments reflect the first comprehensive revision of Arizona’s criminal rules since 1973.
They are largely based on recommendations made by the Criminal Rules Task Force, which Chief Justice Scott Bales established at the end of 2015 with the charge of identifying possible changes that would help clarify and simplify the rules.
The 20-person committee included lawyers, judges and court personnel from throughout Arizona and they worked extensively over nearly 18 months.
The revised rules generally become effective on Jan. 1.