Arizona Money Judgment Validity and
Renewal Deadline Extended from Five Years to Ten
On March 20, 2018, Arizona Governor
Doug Ducey signed into law House Bill 2240, which extends, from five
years to 10 years, the validity of and renewal deadline for a money
judgment. The effective date of the new law is August 3, 2018.
Our understanding is that the deadline
for expiration and renewal of money judgments included in
A.R.S. § 12-15511 is a statute of limitation, per
Jensen v. Beirne. If that is correct, then
A.R.S. §12-505(B) provides that, when a statute of limitation
(such as this one) is amended and an action was not otherwise barred
by pre-existing law, “the time fixed in an amendment of such law
shall govern the limitation of the action.”
Based on the foregoing, we conclude
that, after August 3, 2018, any money judgment that has not yet
expired (pursuant to the current five-year limitations deadline
imposed by A.R.S. § 12-1551) will be valid and can be renewed until
10 years after entry of said judgment on the Superior Court docket.
In addition, the rule authorizing successive renewals of judgments
has not changed.
Folks Hess Kass’s legal services to
financial institutions and other creditors include enforcing and
renewing money judgments in Arizona.
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