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Rule 1. Small Claims Lawsuit

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 1
Rule 1. Small Claims Lawsuit
(a) Definition and Jurisdictional Limit. A small claims lawsuit is a voluntary, simplified procedure for a lawsuit in the small claims division of the justice court. The small claims division may only decide lawsuits in which the debt, damage, tort, injury, or value of the personal property claims by the plaintiff are not more than $3,500 and counterclaims by the defendant are not more than $3,500, exclusive of interest and costs. A small claims lawsuit also includes lawsuits where a party asks the court to disaffirm, avoid, or rescind a contract, or seeks equitable relief, and the amount at issue is not more than $3,500.
(b) Rules and Statutes. These rules and the Arizona Revised Statutes (“A.R.S.”) Title 22, Chapter 5, govern procedures for small claims lawsuits and provide a process for inexpensive, speedy, and informal resolutions. Courts and parties should interpret these rules liberally and consistently with this purpose.
(c) Representation. Attorneys may not represent a party in a small claims lawsuit unless all the parties agree in writing. A corporation, partnership, association, or any other business or organization must file a notice stating the name of an authorized person who will file and appear in court on its behalf.
(d) No Jury and No Appeal. There is no right to a jury trial or to appeal the judgment in a small claims lawsuit. The decision of the justice of the peace or hearing officer is final and binding on both parties.


Added Aug. 27, 2019, effective Jan. 1, 2020.
17B A. R. S. Rules Small Claims Proc., Rule 1, AZ ST SM CL Rule 1
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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