Rule 4.1. Service of Process Within Arizona
Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Civil Procedure for the Superior Courts of ArizonaEffective: January 1, 2023
Effective: January 1, 2023
16 A.R.S. Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 4.1
Rule 4.1. Service of Process Within Arizona
(1) Requesting a Waiver. An individual, corporation, or association that is subject to service under Rule 4.1(d), (h)(1)-(3), (h)(4)(A), or (i) has a duty to avoid unnecessary expense in serving the summons. To avoid costs, the plaintiff may notify the defendant that an action has been commenced and request that the defendant waive service of a summons. The notice and request must:
(4) Results of Filing a Waiver. When the plaintiff files an executed waiver, proof of service is not required and, except for the additional time in which a defendant may answer or otherwise respond as provided in Rule 4.1(c)(3), these rules apply as if a summons and the pleading being served had been served at the time of filing the waiver.
(f) Serving a Minor Who Has a Guardian or Conservator. If a court has appointed a guardian or conservator for a minor, the minor must be served by serving the guardian or conservator in the manner set forth in Rule 4.1(d) for serving an individual, and separately serving the minor in that same manner.
(g) Serving an Incapacitated Person or an Adult in Need of Protection Who Has a Guardian or Conservator. If a court has appointed a guardian or conservator for an incapacitated person or an adult in need of protection, the incapacitated person or the adult in need of protection must be served by serving the guardian or conservator in the manner set forth in Rule 4.1(d) for serving an individual, and separately serving the person in that same manner. If a court has appointed both a guardian and a conservator for the person, the person must be served by serving the conservator in the manner set forth in Rule 4.1(d) for serving an individual.
(i) Serving a Corporation, Partnership, or Other Unincorporated Association. If a domestic or foreign corporation, partnership, or other unincorporated association has the legal capacity to be sued and has not waived service under Rule 4.1(c), it may be served by delivering a copy of the summons and the pleading being served to a partner, an officer, a managing or general agent, or any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process and--if the agent is one authorized by statute and the statute so requires--by also mailing a copy of each to the defendant.
(1) Generally. If a domestic corporation does not have an officer or an agent within Arizona on whom process can be served, the corporation may be served by depositing two copies of the summons and the pleading being served with the Arizona Corporation Commission. Following this procedure constitutes personal service on that corporation.
(2) Evidence. If the sheriff of the county in which the action is pending states in the return that, after diligent search or inquiry, the sheriff has been unable to find an officer or agent of such corporation on whom process may be served, the statement constitutes prima facie evidence that the corporation does not have such an officer or agent in Arizona.
(3) Commission's Responsibilities. The Arizona Corporation Commission must retain one of the copies of the summons and the pleading being served for its records and immediately mail the other copy, postage prepaid, to the corporation or any of the corporation's officers or directors, using any address obtained from the corporation's articles of incorporation, other Corporation Commission records, or any other source.
(2) Notice and Mailing. If the court allows an alternative means of service, the serving party must make a reasonable effort to provide the person being served with actual notice of the action's commencement. In any event, the serving party must mail the summons, the pleading being served, and any court order authorizing an alternative means of service to the last-known business or residential address of the person being served.
(1) Generally. If a party shows that the service provided by Rule 4.1(c) through 4.1(k)--including an alternative means of service--is impracticable, the court may, on motion and without notice to the person to be served, order that service be accomplished by publication. A serving party may initiate the service by publication procedure described in Rule 4.1(l)(2) prior to moving for such an order or while the motion is pending. The court may permit service by publication, in such manner and form as the court may direct, if:
(A) Required Affidavit. The party or person making service must prepare, sign and file an affidavit stating the manner and dates of the publication and mailing, and the circumstances warranting service by publication. If no mailing was made because the serving party did not know the current address of the person being served, the affidavit must state that fact.
Added Sept. 2, 2016, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Amended Aug. 30, 2021, effective Jan. 1, 2022; Aug. 29, 2022, effective Jan. 1, 2023.
16 A. R. S. Rules Civ. Proc., Rule 4.1, AZ ST RCP Rule 4.1
State Court Rules are current with amendments received through November 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through November 1, 2023.
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