Arizona law requires the court to charge filing fees, service fees and other fees to cover costs. Court fees are due at the time of filing or at the time of requesting service.
If you wish to file a civil (civil, small claims, forcible detainer, or injunction against harassment) case and you cannot afford to pay the applicable court fee(s) you may apply for a fee deferral or waiver. The court will review your financial situation as presented in the application to determine if you qualify for a fee deferral or waiver. If the court grants you a deferral, you may be required to pay a portion of the fee now and be given additional time to pay the balance. If you are granted a waiver you will not be required to pay the fee(s).
Carefully read the Deferral or Waiver of Fees packet in the “How-To” section of this website BEFORE filling out any forms. Determine the proper venue for filing your claim. Select the name of the court by clicking the drop down arrow at the top of the form.
Fill in all the fields that apply to you. You will not be able to type information into those parts of the form reserved for court staff.
Print out at least two completed copies of the form and bring them to the court with your fee (copy for you and original for court).
You also may bring ONE completed form and have the court make four copies for you (you will be charged a $.50 per page copy fee if you choose this method).
NOTE: You can save completed forms to your computer’s hard drive. If you want to clear the entire form to start over, click on the reset tab at the bottom of the page.