Effective August 3, 2018, Arizona Judgments Are Good for 10 Years
In its 2018 session, the Arizona legislature
modified Arizona's judgment renewal statute.
Effective August 3, 2018, any judgment that has not
expired prior to that date will automatically be valid for 10 years from the
date it was issued. Within 90 days prior to the expiration of the 10-year
period, the judgment may be renewed for successive 10-year periods.
Historically, a judgment entered by an Arizona court was good for a period of
five years from the date of entry of the judgment. The judgment could be renewed
for successive five-year periods at any time within 90 days prior to the
expiration of the five-year period. Judgments are renewed by filing an Affidavit
of Judgment Renewal with the Court that entered the judgment, updating the
amount outstanding on a judgment and affirming that there are no outstanding
collection efforts on the judgment.
The five-year statute
of limitations on judgments in Arizona often created problems when judgments
from states which had a 10-year limit on validity of judgments were brought to
Arizona for domestication after expiration of the initial five years of the
out-of-state judgments' 10-year effectiveness.