Domesticating Foreign Cases in Arizona

Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC proudly assists out-of-state lawyers when they need to domesticate a foreign subpoena, foreign judgment, or foreign case in the Arizona courts.

In this article, Mr. Stevens shares his experience in domesticating foreign cases and explains how his services can help out-of-state law firms win their cases.

We’ll start first with the general concepts. A “foreign” judgment or “foreign” subpoena means any judgment, decree, subpoena, or order of a court of the United States or of any other court which is entitled to full faith and credit in Arizona. In plain terms, a California case is a “foreign” case in Arizona. But that doesn’t mean we can’t issue a California case’s subpoena in Arizona, or domesticate a California judgment in Arizona so that it can be enforced and money can be collected.

Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC is equipped to help you do just that by utilizing the powers provided under Arizona laws and rules of court. Arizona adopted the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act, known by its short title as the “uniform enforcement of foreign judgments act.” A.R.S. section 12-1708. Under the Act, a copy of any authenticated foreign judgment may be filed in an Arizona superior court. The clerk of the superior court in which it is filed “shall treat the foreign judgment in the same manner as a judgment of the superior court of this state.” A.R.S. section 12-1702.

Proper filing and follow up is necessary for a successful outcome. Once that judgment is domesticated, it is enforceable within Arizona.

Now let’s move on to out-of-state, or foreign, subpoenas. Unfortunately, Arizona is behind other states when it comes to uniform rules for depositions and discovery and has not adopted the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act. See here. So we’re stuck with the obsolete Arizona rules when it comes to tracking down discoverable information and witnesses within Arizona’s boundaries. But that does not mean we are without the means to win your case.

Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC can put the Arizona rules to work for you. All hidden within an old civil procedure rule designed explicitly for depositions of foreign cases are the keys to the successful domestication of a subpoena, deposition, discovery order, and more. You’ll need the following items, available now at Griffen & Stevens Law Firm, PLLC:

  • a praecipe;
  • civil cover sheets;
  • filing fees and issuance fees;
  • current/updated Arizona subpoenas;
  • application for domestication citing current Arizona laws;
  • fast and reliable service of process;
  • and anything else you may desire or require

For more information on domesticating foreign subpoenas, judgments, and cases, check out the Civil Litigation department of our website.

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