The new amendments make three different kinds of changes:
(1) the Arizona rules have generally been restyled so that they correspond to the Federal Rules of Evidence as restyled. These "restyling" changes are not meant to change the admissibility of evidence;
in several instances, the Arizona rules have also been amended to "conform" to the federal rules, and these changes may alter the way in which evidence is admitted (see, e.g., Rule 702); and
in some instances, the Arizona rules either retain language that is distinct from the federal rules (see, e.g., Rule 404), or deliberately depart from the language of the federal rules (see, e.g., Rule 412).
Seminar Chair: Paul D. Julien Judicial Education Officer, Arizona Supreme Court - Administrative Office