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    Small Claims

    A Small Claims lawsuit is a claim against another party for damages of an amount less than $3,500.00. These lawsuits are designed to resolve civil disputes in front of a small claims hearing officer or a Justice of the Peace. Parties in a Small Claims action may be represented by an attorney only if both parties agree to the use of attorneys. Filers of Small Claims actions do not have the right to appeal or the right to a jury trial.

    Small Claims lawsuits must be filed in the jurisdiction in which the damages occurred or in which the defendant lives or does business.

    To prepare a Small Claims action through AZTurboCourt please visit: AZTurboCourt Small Claims.

    If you would prefer to print forms for free without receiving assistance with filling out the forms you may use the forms below.

    Please note that several courts in Arizona are participating in a pilot project, which may impact which forms you will need to use in your case. Please see below for information on the pilot project.

    The forms available on this site are generic and may be accepted by courts statewide. Please note that each court might have their own preferred forms. You can visit AZCourtHelp.org for more information about court-specific forms.

      The following courts are participating in a pilot program until December 31, 2018: If you are filing a small claims action in this court, please click on the following link to obtain the correct forms and for more information on the pilot program.
      Form Title
    Form No.
    Instructions
    Small Claims Checklist for Plaintiff
      LJSC00002I
    Small Claims Case Instructions and Guide 
      MHJCSC1I
    Summons/Complaint
    LJSC00001F
     
    Evidence of Service by Registered or Certified Mail
    LJSC00003F
     
    Notice of Voluntary Dismissal
    LJSC00010F
     
    Small Claims Checklist for Defendant
      LJSC00006I
    Answer
    LJSC00004F
     
    Counterclaim
    LJSC00005F
     
    Request for Continuance
    LJSC00009F
     
    Instructions for Obtaining a Small Claims Default Judgment
      LJSC00008I
    Application for Entry of Default/Affidavit for Judgment by Default 
    LJSC00007F
     
    Motion to Vacate or Modify Judgment  
    AOC GNGF2F
     
    Notice of Change of Address 
    AOC APC9F
     

    • Brochure
     

     
    • Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), Title 22, Chapter 5: Small Claims Divisions of Justice Courts
    • ARS §§ 22-501 - 22-524
      The Arizona Judiciary’s strategic agenda, Advancing Justice Together: Courts and Communities, includes the goal of “Improving Court Processes to Better Serve the Public” by improving the timeliness and efficiency of processing court cases. The Court and justices of the peace handling small claims cases desired to review the rules of procedure applicable to the processing of these cases to identify any changes that may serve to reduce the time and expense to litigants.

    On November 2, 2016, the Committee on Improving Small Claims Case Processing was established by Administrative Order 2016-115. The committee is charged with developing recommendations, including rule amendments or pilot projects, to reduce the time required to resolve small claims cases in Arizona’s Justice of the Peace courts. 

    The information offered on this site is made available as a public service and is not intended to take the place of legal advice. If you do not understand something, have trouble filling out any of the forms or are not sure these forms and instructions apply to your situation, see an attorney for help. Before filing documents with the court, you might consider contacting an attorney to help guard against undesired and unexpected consequences.

    Not all forms may be accepted in all Arizona courts – you should contact the superior court clerk of the court in which you will be filing to confirm the use of a particular form, determine whether any additional forms are required and verify the filing fees. The Supreme Court assumes no responsibility and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of these documents, including reliance on their contents.