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Small Claims Criteria

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.

Note that the ruling in a small claims case is final and not eligible for appeal.

 Prior to filing a small claim suit you will need the following:

  • Time and patience
  • Filing fees
  • Dates that filings occurred, filings were served, and fees paid
  • Information for Filing Small Claims Handout
  • Contact information for plaintiff/defendant
  • A copy of the Small Claim Summons/Complaint/Answer/Counterclaim/Reply for yourself, the court, and one for each person named in the suit
  • Evidence Service Form


  • A small claim suit cannot exceed $3500
  • Individuals, partnerships, associations, or corporations can file a small claim
  • Types of claims that can be filed are:
    • Contracts
    • Personal Injury
    • Money Debts
    • Property Damage
  • The claim must be filed where the defendant resides or where the cause of the suit took place


Arizona Small Claim Forms