Rule 20. Form of Documents
Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Family Law ProcedureEffective: January 1, 2022
Effective: January 1, 2022
17B A.R.S. Rules Fam.Law Proc., Rule 20
Formerly cited as AZ ST RFLP Rule 30
Rule 20. Form of Documents
(a) Caption. The first page of every document filed with the court must contain a caption. A caption details the county, state, parties, and title of the document. Fictitious names are allowed if a party's name is unknown. When the party's true name is discovered, the pleading must be amended accordingly.
(2) Type Size and Font. Every typed document must use at least a 13-point type size. The court prefers proportionally spaced serif fonts, such as Times New Roman, Bookman, Century, Garamond, or Book Antiqua, and discourages monospaced or sans serif fonts such as Arial, Helvetica, Courier, or Calibri. Footnotes must be in at least a 13-point type size and must not appear in the space required for the bottom margin.
(4) Margins and Page Numbers. Margins must be set as follows: a margin at the top of the first page of not less than 2 inches; a margin at the top of each subsequent page of not less than 1-1/2 inches; a left-hand margin of not less than 1 inch; a right-hand margin of not less than 1/2 inch; and a margin at the bottom of each page of not less than 1/2 inch. Except for the first page, the bottom margin must include a page number.
(9) Interstate Forms. Forms prescribed by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services for use in interstate cases according to the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act comply with the requirements of this Rule. Notwithstanding (b)(7), such forms may be copies of the originals. Certified foreign orders or sworn statements of arrears also may be copies if they contain the court's or government body's official seal of authority.
(A) File Type. A document filed electronically that contains text, other than a scanned document image that is submitted under this rule, must be in a text-searchable .pdf, .odt, or .docx format, or other format permitted by Administrative Order. A text-searchable .pdf format is preferred. A proposed order must be in a format that permits it to be modified, such as .odt or .docx or other format permitted by Administrative Order, and must not be password protected.
(B) Hyperlinks. A hyperlink is an electronic link in a document to another document or to a website. An electronically filed document may include hyperlinks. Material that is not in the official court record does not become part of the official record merely because it is made accessible by a hyperlink. The use of hyperlinks is encouraged.
Added Aug. 30, 2018, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Amended Aug. 24, 2021, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
17B A. R. S. Rules Fam. Law Proc., Rule 20, AZ ST RFLP Rule 20
State Court Rules are current with amendments received and effective through 7/1/22. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through 7/1/22.
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