The current form of this article was the result of the so-called “modern courts” amendment adopted in 1960. The amendment was put on the ballot by initiative petition promoted by the State Bar of Arizona, after an attempt to persuade the legislature to refer it to the voters failed. Problems of court congestion and delay, particularly in the state’s largest urban area, were the original impetus for reform. Morris Udall of Tucson, soon to embark on a long and distinguished career in Congress, chaired a state bar committee that helped draft the proposed amendment.92...
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