General Civil Suits
Jurisdictional Limit  |  Representing Yourself  |  Statutes of Limitations  |  Venue
Service of Summons and Complaint

Jurisdictional Limit

The justice courts have exclusive jurisdiction or the authority to hear all civil actions when the amount involved, exclusive of interest, costs and awarded attorney fees when authorized by law, is $10,000.00 or less.

Attorneys vs. Representing Yourself Rules

In a regular civil proceeding either party may be represented by an attorney. Effective January 1, 2013, the Justice Court Rules of Civil Procedure are followed.

Statutes of Limitations

  • One year - Malicious prosecution; false imprisonment; libel or slander; breach of employment contract; wrongful termination; liability created by statute (ARS 12-541)
  • Two years - Personal injury; injury when death ensues; damage to property; conversion of property; product liability; forcible entry and eviction action (ARS 12-542)
  • Three years - Debt from oral contract; stated or open account; relief on ground of fraud or mistake (ARS 12-543)
  • Four years - Bond to convey realty; partnership account; account between merchants; judgment or instrument given or made without the state; bond of personal representative or guardian; specific performance of contract to convey realty (ARS 12-544, 545, 546)
  • Six years - Written contracts for debt (ARS 12-548)
  • Four years - Actions for which no limitation is otherwise prescribed (other than for recovery of real property) (ARS 12-550)

*Under some special circumstances, time limits can be extended or deferred. Please consult an attorney to determine if these circumstances apply to your case.


The court in which an action is to be filed is determined by where the defendant resides or does business.

Civil Suit Fees

Civil Complaint and Summons $101.00
Answer to Civil Complaint $68.00
Writ of Garnishment (does not include Constable service) $33.00
Writ of Garnishment (includes minimum mileage) $97.00
Writ of Restitution (includes minimum mileage) $115.00
Writ of Execution (includes minimum mileage) $113.00
Judgment Debtors Exam Issue Fee $28.00
Filing any paper or performing any act for which a fee is not specifically prescribed $28.00
Certification of any documents $28.00
Notice of Appeal Filing Fee (Certification, transmittal, audio record) $84.00
Copies of documents $0.50 per page

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Service of Summons and Complaint

In addition to any other available methods, service of the summons and complaint shall be by a private process server [Rule 4(c) R.C.P.]. The Complaint/Summons Form is available on this website. You can fill out this form on your computer and then print it out. Please see our forms section for detailed instructions.

  • You designate the server you wish to employ to perform the service for you.
  • The fees of a private process server are regulated by statute. The process server may ask for payment in advance or may bill you for the cost of the service, and you are to make payment directly to the process server for the services performed.


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