Committee on Improving Small Claims Case Processing

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.