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Rule 9. Defendant's Counterclaim

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Small Claims ProcedureEffective: January 1, 2020

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of Small Claims Procedure
Effective: January 1, 2020
17B A.R.S. Rules of Small Claims Procedure, Rule 9
Rule 9. Defendant's Counterclaim
(a) Definition. A counterclaim asserts that the plaintiff owes something to the defendant. The defendant may file a counterclaim against the plaintiff that is based on the same event described in the plaintiff's complaint or based on a different event.
(b) Filing a Counterclaim. A counterclaim must be filed within 20 days of service of the summons, complaint, and notice. The amount of the counterclaim must be $3,500 or less. If the counterclaim exceeds the jurisdictional limit the court must transfer the case to the civil division of the justice court. A counterclaim that is more than $10,000 will result in a transfer of the case to the superior court.
(c) No Amendments. Amended counterclaims are not allowed.


Added Aug. 27, 2019, effective Jan. 1, 2020.
17B A. R. S. Rules Small Claims Proc., Rule 9, AZ ST SM CL Rule 9
State Court Rules are current with amendments received through April 1, 2024. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through April 1, 2024.
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