Arizona panel to study idea for business courts

PHOENIX - Arizona's state court system is exploring possible structural changes such as creation of specialized business courts to better handle cases involving commercial disputes.

An order signed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch establishes a 16-member advisory committee to make recommendations on how Arizona courts can better deal with commercial cases that involve complicated facts or legal issues and require extensive pre-trial fact-gathering.

Berch's order establishing the committee says those cases can drag on, become expensive to litigate and take large amounts of the court system's resources.

Some states such as North Carolina already have specialized business courts.

The committee is supposed to submit its recommendations to the Supreme Court and the Arizona Judicial Council by Dec. 11.

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