Rule 16. Scheduling and Management of Actions
Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Civil Procedure for the Superior Courts of ArizonaEffective: August 29, 2022
Effective: August 29, 2022
16 A.R.S. Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 16
Rule 16. Scheduling and Management of Actions
(3) ensuring that discovery is proportional to the needs of the action, considering the importance of the issues at stake in the action, the amount in controversy, the parties' relative access to relevant information, the parties' resources, the importance of the discovery in resolving the issues, and whether the burden or expense of proposed discovery outweighs its likely benefit;
(1) Timing; Purpose. At the earliest practicable time, but no later than 30 days after a party files an answer or files a motion directed at the complaint, or 120 days after the action commences--whichever occurs first--that party and the plaintiff must meet and confer about the anticipated course of their case, including the tier to which it should be assigned under Rule 26.2 and the subjects set forth in Rule 16(b)(2) and (c). The parties must discuss whether and how they can agree to streamline and limit claims and affirmative defenses to be asserted, discovery to be taken, and motions to be brought. The purpose of the conference is to plan cooperatively for the case, and to facilitate the case's placement in one of three tiers discovery. The attorneys of record and all unrepresented parties who have appeared in the action are jointly responsible for arranging and participating in the Early Meeting.
(1) Timing. No later than 14 days after the Early Meeting, the parties must file a Joint Report and a Proposed Scheduling Order. The attorneys of record and all unrepresented parties who have appeared in the action are jointly responsible for attempting in good faith to agree on a Proposed Scheduling Order, and for filing the Joint Report and the Proposed Scheduling Order with the court. The court must issue a Scheduling Order as soon as practicable either after receiving the parties' Joint Report and Proposed Scheduling Order or after holding a Scheduling Conference.
(2) Content of Joint Report. The Joint Report must state--to the extent practicable--the parties' positions on the subjects set forth in Rule 16(b)(2) and (c)(3) and must attach a proposed Scheduling Order. The parties are not required to describe their Early Meeting in the Joint Report, but may do so. Any summary must describe the case with respect to the characteristics in Rule 26.2(b) and (c) to be used in assigning cases to a discovery tier, and must set forth any agreements the parties have reached to streamline the case. In the Joint Report, the parties are not permitted to discuss or criticize the rejection of proposed agreements or to argue that the other party has taken unreasonable positions. Unless ordered by the court, a summary must not exceed 4 pages of text, which length must be split evenly between separate statements of the parties if they do not agree on the summary's contents. The Joint Report must certify that the parties conferred in good faith, either in person or by telephone as required by Rule 7.1(h), regarding the subjects set forth in Rule 16(b)(2) and (c)(3).
(I) unless the court orders otherwise for good cause, a deadline for holding a Rule 16.1 settlement conference or private mediation to occur no more than 15 months after the action commenced, but in no event later than 60 days after the date discovery is set to complete consistent with the discovery tier to which the case is assigned under Rule 26.2(f);
(4) Dates Certain. The Scheduling Order must include calendar deadlines specifying the month, date, and year for each of the items included in the Proposed Scheduling Order, consistent with the discovery tier to which the case is assigned under Rule 26.2(f). The Scheduling Order must also set either: (A) a trial date; or (B) a date for a Trial-Setting Conference under Rule 16(e) at which a trial date may be set. Absent leave of court, no trial may be set unless the parties certify that they engaged in a settlement conference or private mediation, or that they will do so by a date certain approved by the court. The Scheduling Order also may address other appropriate matters.
(B) Motions; Timing. Any motion to vary the tier to which a case is deemed to be assigned under Rule 26.2(c)(3) must be made by the date on which the parties must file their Joint Report. Any such motion must be filed separately from the Joint Report and may not exceed three pages in length. Any responsive memorandum may not exceed three pages in length and must be filed within 5 days after service of the motion. No reply memorandum is permitted.
(7) Forms. The parties must file the Joint Report and the Proposed Scheduling Order using the forms approved by the Supreme Court and set forth in Rule 84, Forms 11 through 13. They must use Forms 11(a) and (b) for Tier 1 cases, Forms 12(a) and (b) for Tier 2 cases, and Forms 13(a) and (b) for Tier 3 cases.
(A) the requirements of Rule 16(b) apply to actions subject to compulsory arbitration under Rule 72(b), but the requirements of Rule 16(c) do not. In actions subject to compulsory arbitration, no later than 14 days after the Early Meeting, the parties must file a Report of Early Meeting stating the date(s) on which the Early Meeting occurred, and containing either a proposed stipulation to a discovery tier, or the parties' positions regarding the appropriate discovery tier. The Report of Early Meeting must attach a good faith consultation certificate under Rule 7.1(h); and
(A) setting forth any requirements or limits for the disclosure or discovery of electronically stored information, including the form or forms in which the electronically stored information should be produced and, if appropriate, the sharing or shifting of costs incurred by the parties in producing the information;
(1) Generally. If the court has not already set a trial date in a Scheduling Order or otherwise, the court must hold a Trial-Setting Conference--as set by the Scheduling Order--for the purpose of setting a trial date. The Conference must be attended in person--or telephonically, as permitted by the court--by at least one of the attorneys who will conduct the trial for each of the parties and by any unrepresented parties. If a trial date is not set at the Trial-Setting Conference, the court must schedule another Trial-Setting Conference as soon as practicable for the setting of a trial date.
(D) using case-specific written questionnaires, and if they are to be used, the deadline for the parties to file their requested questions, the areas of inquiry, and specific questions to be asked by the court and the parties during voir dire, including any limitations on written or oral examination and whether to permit the parties to give brief pre-voir dire opening statements;
(1) Preparation of Joint Pretrial Statement. Counsel or the unrepresented parties who will try the action and who are authorized to make binding stipulations must confer and prepare a written Joint Pretrial Statement, signed by each counsel or unrepresented party. The parties must file the Joint Pretrial Statement no later than 10 days before the date of the Trial Management Conference, or if no conference is scheduled, no later than 10 days before trial. A plaintiff must deliver its part of the Joint Pretrial Statement to all other parties no later than 20 days before the date the Statement must be filed. All other parties must deliver their part of the Joint Pretrial Statement to all other parties no later than 15 days before the date the Statement must be filed.
(D) a list of witnesses each party intends to call to testify at trial, identifying those witnesses whose testimony will be presented solely by deposition. Each party must list any objection to a witness and the basis for that objection. Unless the court orders otherwise for good cause, no witness may testify at trial other than those listed;
(E) each party's final list of exhibits to be used at trial for any purpose, including impeachment. Each party must list any objection to an exhibit and the basis for that objection. Unless the court orders otherwise for good cause, no exhibit may be used at trial other than those listed. The parties should identify any exhibits that they stipulate can be admitted into evidence, with such stipulations being subject to court approval;
(F) a statement by each party identifying any proposed deposition summaries or designating parts of any deposition testimony to be offered by that party at trial, other than for impeachment purposes. The parties must designate deposition testimony by transcript page and line numbers. The parties must file with the Joint Pretrial Statement a copy of any proposed deposition summary and the written transcript of designated deposition testimony. Each party must list any objection to the proposed deposition summaries and designated deposition testimony and the basis for that objection. Unless the court orders otherwise for good cause, no deposition testimony may be used at trial other than that designated or counter-designated in the Joint Pretrial Statement or that used solely for impeachment purposes;
(3) Delivery of Exhibits. A plaintiff must deliver copies of all its exhibits to all other parties no later than 10 days before the date the Joint Pretrial Statement must be filed. All other parties must deliver copies of all their exhibits to all other parties no later than 5 days before the date the Joint Pretrial Statement must be filed. Any exhibit that cannot be reproduced must be made available for inspection to all other parties on or before these deadlines.
(7) Trial Management Conference. Any Trial Management Conference scheduled by the court should be held as close to the time of trial as is reasonable under the circumstances. The Conference must be attended by at least one of the attorneys who will conduct the trial for each of the parties and by all unrepresented parties.
(g) Pretrial Orders. After any conference held under this rule, the court must enter an order reciting the action taken. This order controls the later course of the action unless modified by a later court order. The order entered after a Trial Management Conference under Rule 16(f) may be modified only to prevent manifest injustice.
Added Sept. 2, 2016, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Amended Aug. 31, 2017, effective July 1, 2018; Aug. 26, 2020, effective Jan. 1, 2021; amended on an emergency basis Dec. 8, 2021, effective Jan. 1, 2022; amended on a permanent basis, effective Aug. 29, 2022.
16 A. R. S. Rules Civ. Proc., Rule 16, AZ ST RCP Rule 16
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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