REFERENCE TITLE: writ of execution; judgments; renewal
State of Arizona
House of Representatives
First Regular Session
amending sections 12-1551, 12-1611 and 12-1612, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to judgments.
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Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:
Section 1. Section 12-1551, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
12-1551. Issuance of writ of execution; limitation; renewal; death of judgment debtor; applicability
A. The party in whose favor a judgment is given, at any time within ten years after entry of the judgment and within ten years after any renewal of the judgment either by affidavit or by an action brought on it, may have a writ of execution or other process issued for its enforcement.
B. An execution or other process shall not be issued on a judgment after the expiration of ten years from the date of its entry unless the judgment is renewed by affidavit or process pursuant to section 12-1612 or an action is brought on it within ten years after the date of the entry of the judgment or of its renewal.
C. The court shall not issue a writ of execution after the death of the judgment debtor unless it is for the recovery of real or personal property or enforcement of a lien.
D. This section applies to:
1. All judgments that were entered on or after August 3, 2013 July 1, 2012.
2. All judgments that were entered on or before August 2, 2013 June 30, 2012 and that were renewed on or before August 2, 2018 June 30, 2017, except that a writ of execution or other process may not be issued for a judgment entered on or before August 2, 2013 June 30, 2012 that was not renewed on or before August 2, 2018 June 30, 2017.
E. This section does not apply to:
1. Criminal restitution orders entered pursuant to section 13-805.
2. Written judgments and orders for child support and spousal maintenance and to associated costs and attorney fees.
3. Judgments for supervision fees or expenses associated with the care of a juvenile pursuant to section 8-241 or 8-243 and to associated costs and attorney fees.
4. Civil judgments obtained by this state that are either of the following:
(a) Entered on or after September 13, 2013.
(b) Entered before September 13, 2013 and that were current and collectable under the laws applicable on September 13, 2013.
Sec. 2. Section 12-1611, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
12-1611. Renewal by action
A judgment may be renewed by action thereon at any time within ten years after the date of the judgment, except that an action may not be brought to renew a judgment entered on or before August 2, 2013 June 30, 2012 that was not renewed on or before August 2, 2018 June 30, 2017.
Sec. 3. Section 12-1612, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:
12-1612. Renewal by affidavit
A. A judgment for the payment of money that has been entered and docketed in the civil docket or civil order book of the United States district court or superior court, whether originally rendered by it or entered on a transcript of judgment from another court, or recorded with the county recorder, may be renewed by filing an affidavit for renewal with the clerk of the proper court, except that an affidavit for renewal may not be filed to renew a judgment entered on or before August 2, 2013 June 30, 2012 unless that judgment was renewed on or before August 2, 2018 June 30, 2017.
B. The judgment creditor or the judgment creditor's personal representative or assignee, within ninety days preceding the expiration of ten years from the date of entry of such judgment, may make and file an affidavit, known as a renewal affidavit, entitled as in the action setting forth:
1. The names of the parties, the name of the court in which docketed, if recorded the name of the county in which recorded, the date and amount of the judgment, if recorded, the number and page of the book in which recorded by the county recorder, the name of the owner of the judgment, and the owner's source and succession of title, if not the judgment creditor.
2. That no execution is anywhere outstanding and unreturned on the judgment, or if any execution is outstanding, that fact shall be stated.
3. The date and amount of all payments on the judgment and that all payments have been duly credited on the judgment.
4. That there are no setoffs or counterclaims in favor of the judgment debtor, and if a counterclaim or setoff does exist in favor of the judgment debtor, the amount thereof, if certain, or, if the counterclaim or setoff is unsettled or undetermined, a statement that when it is settled or determined by action or otherwise, it may be allowed as a payment or credit on the judgment.
5. The exact amount due on the judgment after allowing all setoffs and counterclaims known to affiant, and other facts or circumstances necessary to a complete disclosure as to the exact condition of the judgment.
C. If the judgment was docketed by the clerk of the court on a certified copy from any other court and subsequently an abstract recorded with the county recorder, the affidavit, in addition to the foregoing, shall set forth a statement of each county in which such transcript has been docketed and abstract recorded. The affidavit shall be verified positively by the person making it, and not on information and belief.
D. The filing of the affidavit in the office of the clerk of the court where the judgment is entered and docketed shall renew and revive the judgment to the extent of the balance shown due in the affidavit. An order of the court, or other action by a judge, is not necessary to complete the renewal.
E. Additional and successive renewal affidavits as provided for in subsection B of this section may be made and filed within ninety days of expiration of ten years from the date of the filing of a prior renewal affidavit.
F. Recorded judgments that have been timely renewed by a renewal affidavit and successive affidavits, even if such successive affidavits were not authorized by prior law, may be renewed as provided in this section if the prior renewal affidavits were filed within ninety days from the expiration of each successive ten year period.