No. CV-08-0161-PR.

208 P.3d 676 (2009)

ARIZONA MINORITY COALITION FOR FAIR REDISTRICTING, an unincorporated association; Ramon Valadez; State Representative Peter Rios; Carlos Avelar; Maricopa County Supervisor, Mary Rose Garrido Wilcox; Esther Lumm; Virginia Rivera; Los Abogados, an Arizona Corporation, Plaintiffs/Appellees, v. ARIZONA INDEPENDENT REDISTRICTING COMMISSION; Steven W. Lynn, in his official capacity as Chairman and a Commissioner thereof; Andrea Minkoff; in her official capacity as Vice Chairman and a Commissioner thereof; Daniel R. Elder, in his official capacity, as a Commissioner thereof; Joshua M. Hall, in his official capacity as a Commissioner thereof; James R. Huntwork, in his official capacity as a Commissioner thereof, Defendants/Appellants.

Supreme Court of Arizona, En Banc.

May 20, 2009.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Perkins Coie Brown & Bain PA, by Paul F. Eckstein, Charles A. Blanchard, Rhonda L. Barnes, and Lewis and Roca LLP by Richard A. Halloran, Lawrence A. Kasten, Kimberly A. Demarchi, Phoenix, Attorneys for Arizona Minority Coalition for Fair Redistricting, Ramon Valadez, Carlos Avelar, Peter Rios, Mary Rose Garrido Wilcox, Esther Lumm, Virginia Rivera, and Los Abogados.

Gammage & Burnham PLC, by Lisa T. Hauser, Cameron C. Artigue and Haralson Miller Pitt Feldman & McAnally PLC by Jose de Jesus Rivera, Peter T. Limperis, Phoenix, Attorneys for Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, Steven M. Lynn, Andrea M. Minkoff, Daniel R. Elder, Joshua M. Hall, and James R. Huntwork.


McGREGOR, Chief Justice.

¶ 1 Arizona's Independent Redistricting Commission (the Commission) has the sole task of drawing congressional and state legislative districts. The Arizona Constitution provides procedural and substantive guidance to the Commission. This decision considers the nature of this guidance and the extent to which a court can review Commission decisions.


¶ 2 In November 2000, Arizona voters passed...

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