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Arizona Supreme Court
Administrative Office of the Courts
1501 West Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
CIVIL FILING FEE INCREASE TO TAKE EFFECT MARCH 18, 2013
Phoenix, Arizona - The policy-making body for the Arizona Judicial Branch, the Arizona Judicial Council, has approved a 5% increase in civil filing fees for justice and superior courts. The increase will go into effect on March 18, 2013.
The last filing fee increase was enacted by the state legislature in 2007. As part of the 2007 law, statutes were changed to authorize the Judicial Branch to review and increase civil filing fees periodically, in amounts not to exceed the consumer price index (CPI.)
The Arizona Judicial Council recently reviewed filing fees, and in recognition of a still recovering economy, a 5% increase will be enacted, which is substantially less than the 9% CPI increase since 2007.
Additional information may be found in the following documents:
Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 12-284(L) and 22-281(F) provide for increases to civil filing fees. Statutes may be found at online HERE
Parties should also contact the Clerk of Court’s office or website in their local jurisdiction, for a fee schedule, which will reflect any other applicable local fees. CLICK HERE for information on local courts.
MESSAGE FROM THE AZ SOS:
The AZ SOS will change its UCC filing system effective Friday, January 18, 2013 from a fax filing system to a direct upload system for pre-paid account users. As the administrator of our firm's account, I have received the following and attached information. I will set up existing users on the new system when I receive the link mentioned below. Firm UCC filing account users should continue sending receipts with client numbers to Francesca Longo-Gluck, who reconciles the monthly statement for replenishment of the pre-paid account and charging of fees to clients.
On January 18th, 2013 the Arizona Secretary of State will cut over to a new and upgraded UCC filing acceptance system. The new system will allow users with prepaid accounts to upload filings directly to us using a web interface. Because of the changeover, we will not be accepting fax filing submissions after 12 noon on January 17th.
On January 18th or before, we will create your administrative user and the system will generate an email to you with a link to confirm your account and set a password. After your user is created you will be able to log onto our site, create more users if you wish, and on the 18th you will be able to upload your UCC filings to us. I’ve included instructions for uploading filings and creating users as an attachment to this email.
We are pleased to be able to get away from the previous facsimile system, and we think the new direct upload system will be a win for everybody concerned. It provides many new features that you should find very helpful, such as listing pending and processed submitted filings, showing your current account balance as you upload, and generally being more secure than the old fax system. As well, when filings are processed a confirmation or rejection email will be sent to you, alleviating some of the guesswork about whether our fax confirmation went through or not.
Here’s a quick recap:
Between now and January 18th, we will sent an email to you with a link for your account confirmation. Follow the link and set a password for yourself. You may also set up other users at this time.
> On January 17th at noon Arizona time, we will stop accepting fax filings.
> At the start of business on the 18th, you may begin uploading UCC filings using the new system.
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