Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library
by Jennifer Murray
The Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library is a public law library under the administration of the Maricopa County Superior Court, a trial court, which serves the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. Our mission is to be a national model for providing access to legal information and resources. The library is consolidated as a department with the Maricopa County Self-Service Center. We have over 100,000 volumes, provide over 1,600 legal forms, and serve over 240,000 people (public, attorneys, judges and court staff) annually, not including those who access our information online independently. We have a staff of 31 people: 12 in the library and 19 in the Self-Service Center. Our main location is in Downtown Phoenix, and we also have 3 regional satellite locations in the outlying Phoenix metro area.
Pursuant to state law, our funding is obtained primarily from a percentage of court filing fees. Through these funds, the department offers a wide variety of services. We offer current awareness tools including our Law Library Blog. We also offer print research resources including bibliographies and research guides. Recently, we have begun producing a Library video series called “Check this out” which is available on YouTube. Our print collection focuses primarily on Arizona and federal legal materials, but we also have specialized collections including a self-help collection, professional library collection, court administration collection and leadership library. We have recently engaged in a grant-funded effort with our State Library to train library staff in public libraries on appropriately referring legal reference questions.
The Self-Service Center offers a forms library and was the first legal self-help center in the nation, established in 1995. Our forms are available online in fillable pdf in both English and Spanish. We also created an intelligent online forms application called ezCourtForms which is similar to TurboTax for legal documents. Our newest effort is a pilot for assisting self-represented litigants with completing our legal forms by providing them with one-on-one appointments with a court staff member. We always innovate and hope you check our website regularly online and subscribe to our blog to find out what we are up to next!
Copyright 2013 by Jennifer Murray.