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Rule 2. Definitions

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedArizona Rules of Probate ProcedureEffective: January 1, 2022

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Arizona Rules of Probate Procedure (Refs & Annos)
Part I. General Information
Effective: January 1, 2022
17B A.R.S. Rules Probate Proc., Rule 2
Rule 2. Definitions
(a) “A.C.J.A.” is the Arizona Code of Judicial Administration.
(b) “Application” has the meaning described in Rule 14.
(c) “A.R.S.” is the Arizona Revised Statutes.
(d) “Attend” means to be present, either personally or by counsel, at a court event. If the court permits or requires, a person may attend a court event virtually, as described in Rule 12.
(e) “Civil Rules” means the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. A “Civil Rule” is a rule in the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure.
(f) “Court” includes a superior court judicial officer, clerk, or court administrator.
(g) “Court day” is a day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.
(h) “Demand for notice” means a written request filed with the court by an interested person to be notified of any filings in the probate proceeding.
(i) “Evidence” means testimony, documents, objects, or other things offered to prove the existence or nonexistence of a fact.
(j) “Financial institution” is defined in A.R.S. § 14-5651.
(k) “Guardian ad litem” is defined in Rule 32.
(l) “Incapacitated person” is defined in A.R.S. § 14-5101.
(m) “Interested person” is defined by A.R.S. § 14-1201 and includes a party.
(n) “Judicial officer” includes a superior court judge, commissioner, or judge pro tempore.
(o) “Licensed fiduciary” means a person or entity licensed by the Arizona Supreme Court under A.R.S. § 14-5651.
(p) “Medical professional” means a physician, psychologist, and registered nurse for guardianship and conservatorship proceedings under A.R.S. §§ 14-5303(C) and 14-5407(B), and a psychiatrist or psychologist in a proceeding requesting inpatient treatment authority under A.R.S. § 14-5312.01.
(q) “Motion” is defined in Rule 19.
(r) “Oral argument” is defined in Rule 19.
(s) “Party” is a person who has filed a notice of appearance, an application, a petition, a response, or a joinder in a probate proceeding. An interested person who has filed a demand for notice or a statement of no position--but who has not filed a notice of appearance, a petition, response, or a joinder--is not a party.
(t) “Petition” is described in Rule 15.
(u) “Pleading” means an application, a petition, or a response to a petition.
(v) “Protected person” is defined in A.R.S. § 14-5101.
(w) “Protective proceeding” is defined in A.R.S. § 14-5101.
(x) “Statutory representative” is defined in Rule 32.
(y) “Subject person” is the decedent, alleged incapacitated person, ward, person allegedly in need of protection, or protected person, whose estate or interest is the focus of the proceeding.
(z) “Ward” is defined in A.R.S. § 14-5101.


Added Aug. 29, 2019, effective Jan. 1, 2020. Amended on an emergency basis Aug. 25, 2021, effective Sept. 29, 2021, adopted on a permanent basis effective Jan. 1, 2022; amended Aug. 30, 2021, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
17B A. R. S. Rules Probate Proc., Rule 2, AZ ST PROB Rule 2
State Court Rules are current with amendments received and effective through May 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through May 15, 2023.
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