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FAQ - Serving Others

Arizona Civil Legal Needs Community Survey

Civil legal organizations in Arizona are seeking your input to increase their ability to meet the civil legal needs of Arizona's lower income residents. Please complete this survey to assist in improving civil legal services in Arizona.

Encuesta de Necesidades Legales Civiles de Arizona

Las organizaciones legales civiles en Arizona buscan su opinión para aumentar su capacidad de satisfacer las necesidades legales civiles de los residentes de bajos ingresos de Arizona. Por favor complete esta encuesta para ayudar a mejorar los servicios legales civiles en Arizona.

How to Serve Court Papers by Publication

Note: Please look at the fee waiver and deferral criteria to see if you meet the requirements to file a deferral for publication costs.

Once all forms are completed, the following steps need to occur:

  1. Send Request to the Newspaper
    1. If you are paying the costs to publish, use any paper or general circulation.  Contact them to ensure they offer this service and then send them a letter making an official request ( pdf Sample Letter (76 KB) ).
  2. Wait for the newspaper to publish the advertisement and send you the publication, an Affidavit of Service
  3. Fill Out (Do NOT Sign) the Affidavit Showing Circumstances why Service by Publication was Used and About the Publication
    1. Attach a copy of the published notice from the newspaper
    2. Make 1 copy: Original - is filed with the Clerk; 1 - your records
  4. File the court papers
    1. The original version of the Affidavit of Circumstances why Service by Publication was Used and About the Publication
    2. A copy of the publication notice
    3. The original Affidavit of Service by Publication that was sent by the newspaper
  5. Attend the court hearing
    1. Be on time
    2. Dress neatly
    3. Find out if children are allowed in courtroom
    4. Bring a copy of the Petition, Notice of Hearing, Affidavit Showing Why Publication was Used, and Affidavit of Service with you