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Legal Resources

Arizona Law Libraries

Most of these law libraries have people there that can guide you thru the legal system if you are filing a lawsuit either in the Arizona or Federal courts. They don't know all the answers but they can point you in the right direction. They are not that knowlageable about the Federal Courts, but again they can usually point you in the right direction.

  • Superior Court Law Library
    East Court Building
    Maricopa County Government Complex
    101 West Jefferson St
    Phoenix, AZ 85003

    (602)506-3461
    Reference (602)506-3945
    services@scll.maricopa.gov

  • Superior Court Law Library
    Southeast Legal Research Station
    Maricopa County Government Complex
    222 E. Javelina Ave.
    Mesa, AZ 85210-6234

    (602)506-3461
    Reference (602)506-3945
    services@scll.maricopa.gov

  • ASU Law Library
    1102 S McAllister Ave
    College of Law
    Arizona State University
    TEMPE, AZ 85287-7806

    (480)965-6144
    (480)965-4283

  • Arizona State Library
    Archives and Public Records

    Law Collection
    Law and Research Library Division
    1700 W. Washington
    Phoenix, AZ 85007-2812

    (602)926-3948
    (800)228-4710
    sll@lib.az.us

  • Pima County Law Library
    110 W. Congress St.
    Room 256
    Tucson, Arizona
    85701-1317

    (520)740-8456
    (520)791-9122
    pcll@sc.pima.gov

  • U of A Law Library
    College of Law
    University of Arizona
    1201 E. Speedway
    Tucson, Arizona
    85721-0176

    (520)626-8023
    (520)621-5455

Federal

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Freedom of Information Act U.S.C. 5 § 552

This
link is a copy of the Freedom of Information Act which is U.S.C. 5 § 552.

This link is a PDF file of the Freedom of Information Act which is U.S.C. § 552.

Sample Civil Rights Lawsuit

This is a sample lawsuit in word format that can be filed in the Federal Courts for violation of civil rights. Which includes lawsuits suing for violating your 1st Amendment & 14th Amendment rights of freedom from religion. The 14th Amendment forbids state governments from violating your 1st Amendment freedom from religion.

Orginally this document was used in several lawsuits suing Arizona police officers for false arrest, illegal searches, and violations of the 4th, 5th and 14th Amendments.

Here is a word copy of a lawsuit used to sue the Mesa Community College Police and the City of Mesa Police.

Arizona

Arizona Constitution

Article 2 Section 12

Liberty of conscience; appropriations for religious purposes prohibited; religious freedom

The liberty of conscience secured by the provisions of this constitution shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace and safety of the state. No public money or property shall be appropriated for or applied to any religious worship, exercise, or instruction, or to the support of any religious establishment. No religious qualification shall be required for any public office or employment, nor shall any person be incompetent as a witness or juror in consequence of his opinion on matters of religion, nor be questioned touching his religious belief in any court of justice to affect the weight of his testimony.

Article 2 Section 13 - Equal privileges and immunities

This part of the Arizona Constitution says that our government rulers are not allowed to pass laws that give special rights to one class of people. For example giving certain religions rights that other religions don't have.

Equal privileges and immunities

No law shall be enacted granting to any citizen, class of citizens, or corporation other than municipal, privileges or immunities which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens or corporations.

Arizona Revised Statutes

Arizona Public Records Laws

Sadly the Arizona Public Records laws are a bunch of toothless laws that pretend to give the public access to public records. The laws have no penalties for government bureaucrats who refuse to obey them, nor do they have any means for you to force government bureaucrats to obey the public record laws, other then suing them.

There is an ombudsman bureau to help people who are being stonewalled when making public records requests. But again it is a toothless agency. The agency doesn't have any power to force government employees to obey the public records laws.

If they can't get a government agency to obey the public records laws the only thing they can do is send a letter to the Arizona Governor and to the Arizona House and Senate which says they can't get the agency to honor your request for public records.

39-121. Inspection of public records

Public records and other matters in the custody of any officer shall be open to inspection by any person at all times during office hours.

39-121.01

SNIP

1. Any person may request to examine or be furnished copies, printouts or photographs of any public record during regular office hours or may request that the custodian mail a copy of any public record not otherwise available on the public body's website to the requesting person. The custodian may require any person requesting that the custodian mail a copy of any public record to pay in advance for any copying and postage charges. The custodian of such records shall promptly furnish such copies, printouts or photographs and may charge a fee if the facilities are available, except that public records for purposes listed in section 39-122 or 39-127 shall be furnished without charge.

2. If requested, the custodian of the records of an agency shall also furnish an index of records or categories of records that have been withheld and the reasons the records or categories of records have been withheld from the requesting person. The custodian shall not include in the index information that is expressly made privileged or confidential in statute or a court order.

SNIP

3. If the custodian of a public record does not have facilities for making copies, printouts or photographs of a public record which a person has a right to inspect, such person shall be granted access to the public record for the purpose of making copies, printouts or photographs. The copies, printouts or photographs shall be made while the public record is in the possession, custody and control of the custodian of the public record and shall be subject to the supervision of such custodian.

E. Access to a public record is deemed denied if a custodian fails to promptly respond to a request for production of a public record or fails to provide to the requesting person an index of any record or categories of records that are withheld from production pursuant to subsection D, paragraph 2 of this section.