Filing a Foreign Judgment
If the Uniform Foreign-Country Money Judgments Recognition Act applies to your foreign judgment (meaning that it is final and for monetary damages), then you can proceed to register the judgment in Arizona. This is sometimes referred to as the domestication process. In order to start this application process, you will need to file an application for registration of the foreign-country judgment together with an authenticated copy (also called exemplified copy or triple-seal copy) of the foreign judgment with the clerk’s office of any superior court in Arizona.
To receive the authenticated copy of your judgment, you will need to contact the foreign court that originally issued the judgment and receive the authenticated copy of the judgment from that court. Additionally, the clerk’s office of the Arizona superior court also requires that you include several other documents in your application, including: an affidavit substantiating the foreign judgment, notice of filing the foreign judgment, a civil cover sheet, and notice to the debtor of filing the foreign judgment, to name a few.
Under the law, the Arizona court may deny recognition of the judgment only for reasons such as:
The Canadian court did not have jurisdiction over the defendant or the subject matter of the dispute
The judgment was obtained by fraud
The defendant did not receive notice in sufficient time to defend the lawsuit
The underlying cause of action is repugnant to Arizona public policy