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Question: Please explain what the alpha designators mean in Case Numbers. Example:J-1102-CR-200500311. They begin with J-,M-,etc. Thank you.

Answer:

The alpha designators in case numbers are identicators for the court's filings. For the Arizona Superior Court the designators are as follows. Keep in mind that many courts use the same designations.

  • C or CV- Civil
  • CR- Criminal
  • D-Divorce
  • RD- Reciprocal Divorce
  • DR- Domestic Relations
  • FC- Family Court
  • FN- Family Court w/ No Children
  • LCA- Lower Court Appeal
  • CJ-Lower Court Assessment
  • MH- Mental Health
  • MS- Mental Sexuality
  • P or PB- Probate
  • ST- Small Tax
  • SW- Search Warrant
  • TA- Tax Appeal
  • T- Transcript of Judgement
  • M- Marriage License
  • AA- Adult Adoption
  • AC- Adoption Certificate
  • JA- Juvenile Adoption
  • JD- Juvenile Dependency
  • JE- Juvenile Emancipation
  • JG- Juvenile Guardianship
  • J- Juvenile

You can find the alpha designators on the Clerk of the Court website.

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