Arizona Supreme Court Decisions 2021

RASEAN CLAYTON v KANYE WEST et al
Date: June 24, 2021
Docket Number: CV-20-0249-AP/EL
State v. Cruz  
Date: June 4, 2021
Docket Number: CR-17-0567-PC

Justia Opinion Summary: In this issue concerning whether Defendant was precluded from seeking collateral review of a matter he could have raised during his direct appeal the Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court denying Defendant'...

State v. Honorable Goldin  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: CR-19-0315-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this matter concerning vicarious disqualification of a prosecutor's office, the Supreme Court held that a trial court has broad discretion to vicariously disqualify a prosecutor's office based on an appearance of impr...

Garcia v. Honorable Butler  
Date: May 26, 2021
Docket Number: CR-19-0298-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the order of the trial court declining to exercise its discretion to deny a sexually violent person (SVP) screening when the State requested one under Ariz. Rev. Stat. 13-4518(A), holding that r...

State v. Duffy  
Date: May 17, 2021
Docket Number: CR-19-0386-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the court of appeals vacating Defendant's conviction and sentences and remanding for a new trial, holding that the trial court did not adequately confirm that Defendant waived h...

WE THE PEOPLE ex rel. v GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY et al.
Date: May 11, 2021
Docket Number: CV-21-0114-SA
State v. Miller  
Date: May 4, 2021
Docket Number: CR-19-0061-PC

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the post-conviction court granting Defendant post-conviction relief (PCR) on the ground that counsel's ineffectiveness challenged Defendant, holding that Defendant's lawyers wer...

State v. Patel  
Date: May 4, 2021
Docket Number: CR-19-0366-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Ariz. Rev. Stat. 28-672(G), which limits the amount of restitution that can be awarded to a victim for an unconstitutional limitation on the right to receive restitution or a valid legislative...

R.S. v. Honorable Peter A. Thompson  
Date: April 29, 2021
Docket Number: CR-19-0395-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: In this special action challenging the trial court's ruling that Defendant's due process rights required disclosure of the victim's privileged records for in-camera review, the Supreme Court held that the trial court did...

STATE OF ARIZONA v JAMES ROCCO
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: CR-20-0132-PR
State ex rel. Brnovich v. City of Tucson  
Date: April 14, 2021
Docket Number: CV-20-0244-SA

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Ariz. Rev. Stat. 16-204.01 cannot apply to require a city to consolidate local elections with state and national elections if the city's charter provides otherwise. Section 16-204.01 requires...

Leach v. Hobbs  
Date: March 31, 2021
Docket Number: CV-20-0233-AP/EL

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court disqualifying the "Stop Surprise Billing and Protect Patients Act" ballot initiative (the Initiative) from the November 2020 general election ballot, holding tha...

JAVIER AGUILA et al v DOUG DUCEY/ADHS/DLLC
Date: March 24, 2021
Docket Number: CV-20-0335-T/AP
State v. Murray  
Date: March 18, 2021
Docket Number: CR-19-0368-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decisions of the court of appeals affirming Defendants' convictions of aggravated assault, holding that the prosecutor's misstatement of the reasonable-doubt standard during a rebuttal argum...

State v. Gomez  
Date: March 9, 2021
Docket Number: CR-19-0292-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the decision of the court of appeals reversing Defendant's conviction of sexual assault, holding that the court of appeals improperly reversed the conviction on the ground that DNA evidence was...

Shepherd v. Costco Wholesale Corp.  
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: CV-19-0144-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that a plaintiff does not have to allege bad faith or rebut the good faith presumption in his complaint asserting a claim of negligent disclosure of medical information in order to withstand a moti...

France v. Industrial Commission of Arizona  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: CV-20-0068-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court set aside the decision of administrative law judge (ALJ) for the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) denying the claim for benefits filed by deputy John France, who developed post-traumatic stress di...

Apollo Education Group, Inc. v. National Union Fire Insurance Co.  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: CV-19-0229-CQ

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court answered a question certified by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by holding that, under a policy without a contractual duty to defend, the objective reasonableness of an insurer...

McKenna v. Soto  
Date: February 17, 2021
Docket Number: CV-20-0123-AP/EL

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of the trial court finding that Javier Soto, a candidate for the Democratic Party's nomination for the Arizona House of Representatives in Legislative District 3, obtained enough val...

Schires v. Carlat  
Date: February 8, 2021
Docket Number: CV-20-0027-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that the City of Peoria violated Ariz. Const. art. IX, section 7, the Gift Clause, by spending public funds to induce a private university to open a branch campus in Peoria. In 2015, Huntington Un...

State v. Mixton  
Date: January 11, 2021
Docket Number: CR-19-0276-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's convictions, holding that neither the United States nor the Arizona Constitution requires a search warrant or court order for a law enforcement officer to obtain either a user's Int...

Dabush v. Seacret Direct LLC  
Date: January 8, 2021
Docket Number: CV-19-0200-PR

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the trial court granting summary judgment for Defendants in this premises liability case, holding that the trial court did not err. Plaintiff was injured when he fell though a sky...

STACI BURK v DOUG DUCEY et al
Date: January 6, 2021
Docket Number: CV-20-0349-AP/EL
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