Martineau v. Maricopa County
In Martineau v. Maricopa County, 207 Ariz. 332, P 15, 86 P.3d 912, 915 (App. 2004), Division One of this court noted that the purposes of the notice of claim statute were "to allow the public entity to investigate and assess liability, to permit the possibility of settlement prior to litigation, and to assist the public entity in financial planning and budgeting." 207 Ariz. 332, P 19, 86 P.3d at 915-16.
The court then concluded the statutory language was inconsistent with the declaratory relief sought because, if successful, it would not directly affect the public entity's financial planning or budgeting, and there was no reasonable monetary estimate for settling the claim. Id. PP 19-21.