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Arizona Small Claims Courts by Attorney Steve®

Posted by Steve Vondran | Feb 13, 2024

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AZ small claims courts


Pursuant to Arizona Courts (

Resolving civil disputes if damages are less than $3,500. 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. The plaintiff must file a complaint in the justice court precinct (the “venue”) where the defendant resides or as permitted by ARS § 22-202.

A.R.S. 22-202

Under A.R.S. 22-202 (Venue of Civil Actions):

A. A person shall not be sued outside of the justice precinct where the person resides, except:

1. If a defendant or all of several defendants reside outside the state or when their residence is unknown, the action may be brought in the justice precinct where the plaintiff resides.

2. A married person may be sued in the justice precinct where the person's spouse resides unless the spouse is living separate and apart from the defendant.

3. Transient persons may be sued in any justice precinct in which found.

4. Persons who have contracted a debt or obligation in one justice precinct and thereafter move to another precinct may be sued in either precinct.

5. Persons who have contracted in writing to perform an obligation in one justice precinct may be sued in that precinct or where the persons reside.

6. If there are several defendants residing in different justice precincts, an action may be brought in the justice precinct where any of the defendants reside.

B. Actions filed in justice court against a person who is alleged to have committed a civil traffic violation shall be brought in any precinct in which the violation is alleged to have occurred.

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Arizona Small Claims Courts ("Justice Courts")

As of my last update in January 2022, here are some common small claims court locations in Arizona:

  1. Maricopa County Justice Courts

  2. Pima County Justice Court

  3. Coconino County Justice Courts

  4. Mohave County Justice Courts

  5. Yavapai County Justice Courts

  6. Yuma County Justice Courts

  7. Pinal County Justice Courts

Fun Facts about Arizona Justice Courts - you can be a JUDGE without having a LAW DEGREE, WHAT???

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