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Rule 7. Appearance and Entry of Plea

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedLocal Rules of Practice and Procedure in City Court Civil Proceedings City of Tucson

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Local Rules of Practice and Procedure in City Court Civil Proceedings City of Tucson (Refs & Annos)
17C A.R.S. City Ct.Local Prac. and Proc.Rules, Tucson, Rule 7
Rule 7. Appearance and Entry of Plea
A. The respondent or respondent's attorney may admit the allegations of the charging document by appearing in person or for those violations with a fixed fine amount, by mail received by the City within thirty (30) calendar days admitting responsibility for the violation and paying the prescribed fine.
B. The respondent or respondent's attorney may deny the allegations of the charging document by appearing in person. The respondent or respondent's attorney may also deny the allegations of the charging document by delivering to the court and the City a written denial signed by the respondent or respondent's attorney. Upon denial, the court shall set the matter for hearing and notify the respondent and the City of the date, time, and place for the hearing, in writing or through electronic notification such as email. Unless a different address is provided to the court in writing by the respondent or respondent's attorney, the respondent's notice shall be sent to the address set forth on the charging document or Motor Vehicle Division address of record.
C. A request for a hearing to contest a civil traffic violation or City Code violation shall constitute a waiver (where otherwise eligible) of the opportunity to attend Defensive Driving School (DPS).
D. In proceedings for civil parking infractions, the respondent shall respond to the citation within thirty (30) calendar days from the day on which the citation was issued by one of the following methods:
1. By respondent or respondent's attorney appearing in person or by mail received within the thirty (30) calendar day period, admitting responsibility for the violation, and paying the fine prescribed for the violation.
2. By contacting the court in person, through representation, or by mail requesting a hearing to contest the citation within the thirty (30) calendar day period.
If the owner or operator of the vehicle involved in the violation fails to respond by one of the methods prescribed in sections A or B of this subsection, within thirty (30) calendar days from the day the citation was issued, the court shall enter judgment for the City, impose a civil sanction and a default fee pursuant to section 8-6.7 of the City Code shall be assessed in addition to any time payment fee required. The court shall send a default letter to the respondent's last known address on file with the court, providing notice that the citation is in default.

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Added Sept. 24, 1992, effective Oct. 1, 1992. Amended Sept. 22, 2009, effective Jan. 1, 2010.
17C A. R. S. City Ct. Local Prac. and Proc. Rules, Tucson, Rule 7, AZ ST TUCSON CITY CT Rule 7
Current with amendments received through 11/1/19
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