Solving Debt Problems in Uncertain Times | Summary and Q&A

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March 18, 2020
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Solving Debt Problems in Uncertain Times

TL;DR

Arizona Justice Courts have issued orders that change procedures for civil cases, including debt collection lawsuits, amid COVID-19.

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Key Insights

  • 💼 Debt collection case trials in Arizona Justice Courts have been continued, and most courts are operating with reduced staff.
  • 🥳 Some courts are allowing parties to appear via telephone or videoconference and email documents for filing.
  • 🥹 Default judgments are put on hold in the San Tan Regional Center courts until the orders are lifted.

Transcript

  • Hey everybody. This is John Skiba with the Arizona Consumer Law Group and in today's video, I wanted to give you a quick update on some of the orders that the Arizona Justice Courts have issued as it relates to COVID-19 and the coronavirus and how they're operating. Because there are some pretty big changes as to the ways which they are operating... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: How are debt collection case trials affected by the Arizona Justice Courts' orders during COVID-19?

Debt collection case trials, whether bench or jury trials, have been continued. It is recommended to contact the court to confirm if your case has been continued.

Q: Is it possible to file documents electronically with the Arizona Justice Courts?

While the Justice Courts have not adopted an electronic filing system, some courts are allowing parties to email documents to the court for filing. Contact the court to know the specific process.

Q: Will default judgments be entered in debt collection cases during the COVID-19 period?

In the San Tan Regional Center courts, default judgments will not be entered until the orders are lifted. However, it is still advisable to take action and file an answer.

Q: How are cases affected by lack of service or inactivity during COVID-19 in the Arizona Justice Court system?

Cases will not be dismissed for lack of service or inactivity during the period of the orders. They will be extended for an additional 90 days before a dismissal would be entered.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Arizona Justice Courts handle cases under $10,000 and are experiencing changes in their operations due to COVID-19.

  • Trial continuances are common, and most courts are operating with reduced staff.

  • Courts are allowing parties to appear via telephone or videoconference, as well as email documents for filing.

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