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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.
In a regular civil proceeding either party may be represented by an attorney.
The Rules of Civil Procedure for the Superior Court of Arizona are followed in Justice Courts.
- One year - Malicious prosecution; false imprisonment; libel
or slander; breach of employment contract; wrongful termination; liability
created by statute (ARS
- Two years - Personal injury; injury when death ensues; damage to property;
conversion of property;
product liability; forcible entry and eviction action (ARS
- Three years - Debt from oral contract; stated or open account; relief
on ground of fraud or mistake
- 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
- Six years - Written contracts for debt (ARS
- Four years - Actions for which no limitation is otherwise prescribed
(other than for recovery of real property) (ARS
The court in which an action is to be filed is determined by where the defendant resides or does business.
|Civil Complaint and Summons||$93.00|
|Answer to Civil Complaint||$63.00|
|Writ of Garnishment (includes minimum mileage)||$29.00|
|Writ of Restitution (includes minimum mileage)||$111.00|
|Writ of Execution (includes minimum mileage)||$93.00|
|Judgment Debtors Exam Issue Fee||$24.00|
|Filing any paper or performing any act for which a fee is not specifically prescribed||$24.00|
|Certification of any documents||$24.00|
|Notice of Appeal Filing Fee (Certification, transmittal, audio record)||$72.00|
|Copies of documents||$0.50 per page|
to all court fees.
to all court forms.
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.
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- You designate the server you wish to employ to perform the service
- 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. YOUR ACTION WILL BE DISMISSED IF
THE SUMMONS AND COMPLAINT HAVE NOT BEEN SERVED WITHIN 120 DAYS OF THE
FILING OF YOUR COMPLAINT.