Arizona Revised Statutes Title 12. Courts and Civil Proceedings § 12-284. Fees

A. Except as otherwise provided by law, the clerk of the superior court shall receive fees classified as follows:

Class

Description

Fee

A

Initial case filing fee

Tax case

$

166.00

Filing complaint, notice of appeal
under § 12-904 or petition

166.00

Filing intervenor

166.00

Additional plaintiffs

166.00

Filing foreign judgment

166.00

Ownership of real property becomes an
issue plaintiff

166.00

Appellant

(except under §§ 12-1809 and 13-3602)

166.00

Change of venue to this county

166.00

Petition for change of name

166.00

Filing a process server application

166.00

B

Subsequent case filing fee

Filing answer, notice of appearance
under § 12-907 or initial appearance

$

88.00

Additional defendants

88.00

Notice of appeal to appellate courts

(except under § 12-2107)

88.00

Cross-appeal by appellee (except under § 
12-2107)

88.00

Ownership of real property becomes an
issue defendant

88.00

Jurisdiction exceeded appellee
(within 20 days of filing)

88.00

Response to show cause that does one or more
of the following:

1. Requests affirmative relief or counterrelief

2. Attacks the sufficiency of process or the proceedings

3. Takes other affirmative action

88.00

C

Initial case filing fee

Filing petition for annulment

$

131.00

Filing for dissolution/legal separation petition

131.00

Petition in formal testacy or appointment proceeding

131.00

Application for informal probate or informal appointment

131.00

Petition for supervised administration petition to appoint guardian

131.00

Petition to appoint conservator or make other protective order

131.00

Opposing petition in testacy or appointment proceedings or appointment of guardian or conservator

131.00

Single estate application or petition under
title 14, chapter 3, § 14-3938

131.00

Domestic relations case for which a fee is not specifically prescribed

131.00

D

Subsequent case filing fee

Filing answer to annulment

$

66.00

Filing for dissolution/legal separation answer

66.00

Any person opposing contested petition if no prior payment made

66.00

Postadjudication petitions in
domestic relations cases

66.00

Postjudgment activities in probate cases

66.00

E

Minimum clerk fee

Filing power of attorney

$

26.00

Change of venue to another county transmittal fee

26.00

Change of venue to another county pursuant to § 12-404 transmittal fee

26.00

Filing transcript and docketing judgment from any courts

26.00

Issuance of writs of:  attachment, execution, possession, restitution, prohibition and enforcement of order of judgment-garnishment

26.00

Certified copy or abstract of marriage
application or license

26.00

Certificate of correctness of copy of record

26.00

Justice of peace certificate

26.00

Each certificate of clerk to any matter in
clerk's record not specifically provided

26.00

Filing any paper or performing any act for which a fee is not specifically prescribed

26.00

Subpoena--(civil)

26.00

Research in locating a document (per year or source researched)

26.00

Exemplification (per certification)

26.00

Authentication (per certification)

26.00

Seal a court file

26.00

Reopen a sealed court file

26.00

Retrieve bank records

26.00

Reel of film alpha index per year (plus per
page fee below)

26.00

Payment history report

26.00

Certification under one document certification

26.00

Civil traffic appeal

26.00

F

Per page fee

Making copies (on appeal and on request)
per page

$

.50

Making extra copies per page

.50

Making photographic or photostatic copies
per page

.50

Comparison fee of papers furnished by applicant per page

.50

Alpha index per page

.50

G

Special fees

Small claim tax case

$

22.00

Marriage license and return of a
marriage license

72.00

Postage and handling

7.00

Notary services

7.00

Stop payment on check

14.00

B. The clerk of the superior court shall receive the fees prescribed in subsection A of this section for the following services:

1. Making copies of papers and records required to be made by the clerk on appeal, and copies of papers and records in the clerk's office made on request in other cases, for each legal size page of original.

2. Making extra copies of the papers and records mentioned in paragraph 1 of this subsection, required or requested for each page of copy of such papers and records.

3. In a clerk's office, in which a photographic or photostatic method of recording is used or is available for use in cooperation with other public offices, preparing copies enumerated in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this subsection for each page of copy or fraction of a page of copy.  Portions of several pages of records may be combined in one page of copy.  The clerk may prepare an abstract of marriage in lieu of a reproduction of the recorded marriage license.  The fee shall apply to matters whether recorded in such office by longhand, typing, electronic, photographic or photostatic methods.  The fees for copies are exclusive of the fees for certification or authentication.

4. Issuing a certificate as to official capacity of a justice of the peace and affixing a seal to the certificate.

5. Each subpoena issued in a civil proceeding or filing any paper or performing any act for which a fee is not specifically prescribed by law, but the clerk shall not charge for the clerk's services in administering the oath in connection with any affidavit, petition, letters or other pleading or document which, after administration of the oath therefor, is promptly filed by the clerk and becomes a part of a case or matter of record in the office of the clerk.

C. In addition to the fees required by subsection A of this section, the clerk shall charge and collect a surcharge of fifteen dollars for each filing of a postadjudication petition in a domestic relations case for which a fee presently is charged under class D in subsection A of this section.  The surcharge shall be used exclusively to fund domestic relations education and mediation programs established pursuant to § 25-413 .  Each month the clerk shall transmit the monies the clerk collects pursuant to this subsection to the county treasurer for deposit in the domestic relations education and mediation fund established by § 25-413 .

D. Excluding the monies that are collected pursuant to subsection C of this section, each month the clerk shall transmit seventy-five per cent of the monies collected for subsequent case filing fees for postadjudication petitions in domestic relations cases under class D in subsection A of this section to the county treasurer for deposit in the expedited child support and parenting time fund established pursuant to § 25-412 .  The remaining twenty-five per cent of the monies collected pursuant to this subsection shall be distributed pursuant to § 12-284.03 .

E. At the commencement of each action for annulment, dissolution of marriage, legal separation, maternity or paternity, the petitioner shall pay to the clerk of the court the initial case filing fee for the action provided in subsection A of this section.  At the time of filing a response, the respondent shall pay to the clerk of the court the subsequent case filing fee for the action provided in subsection A of this section.  In each county where the superior court has established a conciliation court, the petitioner and respondent shall each pay to the clerk a sixty-five dollar fee.  The monies from the additional fee shall be used to carry out the purposes of the conciliation court pursuant to title 25, chapter 3, article 7.  1

F. In garnishment matters:

1. A fee shall not be charged for filing an affidavit seeking only the release of exempt wages.

2. A fee shall not be charged for filing a garnishee's answer, for filing a judgment against the garnishee or for the issuance or return of process incident to such a judgment.

3. For any contest relating to or any controversion of a garnishment matter, unless the contesting party has paid an appearance fee in that cause, the required appearance fee shall be paid, except that the garnishee shall not pay a clerk's fee.

G. A person who is cited to appear and defend an order to show cause shall not be charged an appearance fee.  The person may stipulate to or consent to the entry of an order without the payment of an appearance fee.  An appearance fee shall be paid if the person is present in person or by an attorney and does one or more of the following:

1. Requests affirmative relief or counterrelief.

2. Attacks the sufficiency of process or the proceedings.

3. Takes other affirmative action.

H. A petitioner shall not be charged a fee for requesting an order of protection pursuant to § 13-3602 or an injunction against harassment pursuant to § 12-1809 .  A defendant shall not be charged an answer fee in an order of protection action if the defendant requests a hearing pursuant to § 13-3602, subsection I or in an injunction against harassment action if the defendant requests a hearing pursuant to § 12-1809, subsection H .

I. A person who files a registrar's order pursuant to § 32-1166 . 06 shall not be charged a fee.

J. The clerk of the court shall charge and collect a forty-six dollar filing fee for a petition for emancipation of a minor filed pursuant to chapter 15 of this title.  2  Each month the clerk shall transmit the monies the clerk collects pursuant to this subsection to the county treasurer for deposit in the emancipation administrative costs fund established by § 12-2456 .

K. Except for monies that are collected pursuant to subsections C, D, E and J of this section, the clerk of the superior court shall transmit monthly to the county treasurer all monies collected pursuant to this section for distribution or deposit pursuant to § 12-284.03 .

L. The supreme court may increase the fees prescribed in subsection A of this section in an amount not to exceed the per cent of change in the average consumer price index as published by the United States department of labor, bureau of labor statistics between that figure for the latest calendar year and the calendar year in which the last fee increase occurred.

1 Section 25-381.01 et seq.
2 Section 12-2451 et seq.

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