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Rule 102. Responsibilities of a Party

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedJustice Court Rules of Civil Procedure

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Justice Court Rules of Civil Procedure (Refs & Annos)
Part I: General Provisions
17B A.R.S. Justice Court Civ.Proc.Rules, Rule 102
Rule 102. Responsibilities of a Party
a. Meaning of “party”. Everyone who makes a claim in a lawsuit, or anyone against whom a claim is made, is a party in that lawsuit.
b. Every party in a lawsuit has these responsibilities:
(1) To provide the court with a current address and telephone number: A party must advise the court in writing of any change in the party's mailing address or telephone number until the lawsuit is over. [ARCP 5.1(b)]
(2) To provide copies of filed documents: A party must provide a copy of every document the party files with the court to all the other parties in the lawsuit (see Rule 120). [ARCP 5(a)]
(3) To provide a disclosure statement and to respond to discovery requests: A party must provide a disclosure statement to the other parties in the lawsuit (see Rule 121). A party must also respond to discovery requests made by another party (see Rules 122 through 127). [ARCP 26.1, 26(a)]
(4) To appear in court: A party must attend all scheduled court proceedings, either personally or through the party's attorney (see Rules 130, 131, and 132).
(5) To give the court notice of a settlement: A party must notify the court if a lawsuit that is set for trial has settled before the trial date, and whether the settlement will take place by the entry of a judgment or by dismissal of the lawsuit. [ARCP 5.1(c)]
c. Parties representing themselves. Parties who represent themselves must read these rules and know the rules that apply to their lawsuit.
d. Appearance, withdrawal, and substitution of attorneys. An attorney in a civil lawsuit in justice court must enter an appearance. An attorney who later requests the judge's permission to withdraw as counsel must file a motion that states the reasons for the request to withdraw, and the motion must include the name, address, and telephone number of the client. A motion to withdraw must include the client's signed consent to the motion being granted; or it must include a statement that the attorney has advised the client of the dates and times of future proceedings and the status of any existing court orders. A notice of substitution of attorneys must contain the signatures of the former attorney and the substituting attorney. The signature of the substituting attorney affirms that the attorney is aware of existing court orders, pending proceedings, and the trial date, and that the attorney will appear on those dates and will be prepared for trial. [ARCP 5.1]


Adopted Aug. 30, 2012, effective Jan. 1, 2013.
17B A. R. S. Justice Court Civ. Proc. Rules, Rule 102, AZ ST J CT RCP Rule 102
State Court Rules are current with amendments received and effective through 11/15/22. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through 11/1/22.
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