Arizona Small Claims Procedure (Justice of the Peace Court): An Overview

From maximum dollar limits to statutes of limitations, learn the basics about small claims court in Arizona.

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What's the dollar limit for small claims court cases in Arizona?

The most you can ask for in a small claims case is $3,500 (Small Claims Division); $10,000 (Justice Court).

Which court hears small claims cases in Arizona?

Small claims cases in Arizona are heard in the Justice of the Peace Court.

What is the statute of limitations period for filing a claim in small claims court in Arizona?

For information on Arizona's statute of limitation periods for claims related to written contracts, oral contracts, injuries, and property damage, see Nolo's 50-state Statutes of Limitations chart.

How long does the defendant have to answer the small claims court complaint?

In Arizona, the defendant must file a written answer within 20 days to avoid default.

Are attorneys allowed in small claims court in Arizona?

You are allowed only if both parties agree in writing to have an attorney represent you in small claims court in Arizona.

Can a landlord bring an eviction lawsuit in small claims court in Arizona?

Eviction cases are not allowed in small claims court in Arizona, but must be heard by a higher court.

Do I have a right to a jury trial in small claims court in Arizona?

In Arizona, jury trials are not allowed in small claims court.

Where can I get more information about small claims court in Arizona?

For more information about Arizona small claims court, see http://www.jp.pima.gov/Info/SmallClaimsInfo/index.html.

Nolo's Small Claims Court area has many helpful related articles. For more detailed help with filing a case, using the best strategy in court, and collecting your money if you win, see Everybody's Guide to Small Claims Court, by Attorney Ralph Warner (Nolo).

Updated: October 1, 2015

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