General Orders and Notice Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and Court Operations

Please see the attached General Orders and Notice, regarding court operations under the exigent circumstances created by COVID-19. General Order 21-18, General Order 21-24, & General Order 22-02.

Due to the upcoming upgrade to the Next Generation (NextGen) of CM/ECF, CM/ECF will be unavailable from 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 4, 2022 through 7:00 a.m. on Monday, February 7, 2022.

Get ready for NextGen CM/ECF now.

As a reminder, the following steps must be completed to electronically file in NextGen CM/ECF for the District of Arizona.


The U.S. District Court, District of AZ is transitioning from CM/ECF CurrentGen to CM/ECF NextGen.

CM/ECF will unavailable between 04:00 PM MST Friday, February 4, 2022 and 08:00 AM MST Monday, February 7, 2022.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your patience and understanding during this process.

The District of Arizona invites high school students to enter the 2022 Ninth Circuit Civics Essay and Video Contest.  In Arizona, the federal courts will hold a local contest to select three finalists in the both the essay and video competitions.  These Arizona finalists will receive prizes of $1,000, $500, and $250 and advance to the final level of the contest at the Ninth Circuit to compete for additional prizes of $3,000, $1,700, and $1,000 plus travel and accommodations to the 2022 Ninth...

Effective Friday, January 7, 2022, the Clerk’s Office customer service counters will be closed to the public until further notice.  The document drop boxes in the lobbies of the Phoenix and Tucson Courthouses will remain in place for document filings and criminal debt payments.  

If you have any questions, please contact customer service in Tucson at (520) 205-4200 or in Phoenix at (602) 322-7200.


New amendments to the Local Rules of Practice for the District of Arizona become effective on December 1, 2021. The amended rules apply to pending cases to the extent it is practical and fair. Practitioners are encouraged to review the amendments as soon as possible. Click here to view a summary table and text of the new amendments.

Pro bono representation of parties in civil cases, who are unable to afford an attorney, is an important responsibility of the bar.  In addition to providing a valuable service to pro se litigants and the Court, many attorneys find volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and to develop federal court experience.  The United States District Court for the District of Arizona offers opportunities for lawyers to assist self-represented litigants in the following ways, and we...