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Justice Court Rules of Civil Procedure

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Justice Court Rules of Civil Procedure

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Summary:  The Court has adopted a new set of rules of procedure for civil lawsuits in justice court (the “JCRCP”) that replace the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure.
 
Impact:   The superior court rules served as the model for the justice court civil rules, but the justice court rules are different from the superior court rules in many ways.  A few of the differences include the following:

  • The justice court rules have eliminated procedures in the superior court rules that are rarely used in justice court, or that are inapplicable in justice court as a matter of law.
  • The language and procedures in the justice court rules are simplified.    The length of the justice court  rules is about one-fifth the length of the superior court civil rules.
  • The justice court rules have special provisions that apply to assigned debt claims.
  • The rules require that plaintiff serve a “notice to the defendant” with the summons.  The rules also require that other specific notices accompany discovery requests and motions.  The rules provide a grace period for responding to requests for admissions.