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Rule 6. Computing and Extending Time

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Civil Procedure for the Superior Courts of Arizona

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of Civil Procedure for the Superior Courts of Arizona (Refs & Annos)
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16 A.R.S. Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 6
Rule 6. Computing and Extending Time
(a) Computing Time. The following rules apply in computing any time period specified in these rules or in any local rule, court order, or statute:
(1) Day of the Event Excluded. Exclude the day of the act, event, or default that begins the period.
(2) Exclusions if the Deadline Is Less Than 11 Days. Exclude intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays if the period is less than 11 days.
(3) Last Day. Include the last day of the period unless it is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. When the last day is excluded, the period runs until the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
(4) Next Day. The “next day” is determined by continuing to count forward when the period is measured after an event and backward when measured before an event.
(b) Extending Time.
(1) Generally. When an act may or must be done within a specified time, the court may, for good cause, extend the time:
(A) with or without motion or notice if the court acts, or the request is made, before the original time or its extension expires; or
(B) on motion made after the time has expired if the party failed to act because of excusable neglect.
(2) Exceptions. A court may extend the time to act under Rules 50(b), 52(b), 59(b)(1), (c) and (d), and 60(c) as those rules allow, or alternatively, may also extend the time to act under those rules for 10 days after the entry of the order extending the time, if:
(A) the moving party files the motion within 30 days after the specified time to act expires under these rules or within 7 days after the party received notice of the entry of the judgment or order triggering the time to act under these rules, whichever is earlier;
(B) the court finds that the moving party was entitled to notice of the entry of judgment or the order, but did not receive notice from the clerk or any party within 21 days after its entry; and
(C) the court finds that no party would be prejudiced by extending the time to act.
(c) Additional Time After Service Under Rule 5(c)(2)(C), (D), or (E). When a party may or must act within a specified time after service and service is made under Rule 5(c)(2)(C), (D), or (E), 5 calendar days are added after the specified period would otherwise expire under Rule 6(a). This rule does not apply to the clerk's distribution of notices--including notice of entry of judgment under Rule 58(c)--minute entries, or other court-generated documents.
(d) Minute Entries, Orders, and Other Court-Generated Documents. Notices, minute entries, orders, and other court-generated documents are entered on the date they are filed by the clerk. Unless the court orders otherwise, if an order or other court-generated document states that an act may or must be done within a specified time after the document is entered, the date the document is filed is “the day of the act, event or default” under Rule 6(a)(1).


Added Sept. 2, 2016, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Amended Aug. 31, 2017, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
16 A. R. S. Rules Civ. Proc., Rule 6, AZ ST RCP Rule 6
Court Rules are current with amendments received and effective through August 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through August 15, 2023.
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