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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.

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 pilot projects, which may impact which forms you will need to use in your case. Please see below for information on the pilot projects.

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 pilot program A until June 30, 2019:

The remaining 24 Maricopa County Justice Courts and the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court are participating in pilot program B.

If you are filing a small claims action in one of these courts, please click on the following link to obtain the correct forms and for more information on the pilot programs.

  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
 

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  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 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.

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