When the application of filing foreign judgment is filed with the clerk of the court, it must be accompanied by an affidavit. An affidavit is a sworn written statement of facts. This affidavit must state the name and last known post office address of the judgment debtor. In addition to filing the foreign judgment and the affidavit, you must also mail notice and a copy of the filing to the judgment debtor to the same address given to the clerk in the affidavit. The notice must include your name and post office address in Arizona. You must also file proof of the mailing of the notice to the clerk of the court. It is very important that the debtor receives notice of the domestication proceedings. If proper notice is not given to the debtor, you may not be able to collect on your judgment in Arizona.
One thing to note is that any defenses the debtor had in the original judgment may still potentially be available to them in the domestication proceedings in Arizona. Furthermore, domesticating a foreign judgment in Arizona may be stalled depending on the current state of your original judgment. If your debtor is able to show that the original judgment is not completely finalized or decided, domesticating the judgment in Arizona may be postponed or “stayed”.
No action can be taken on the foreign judgment in Arizona until twenty days after you mail notice of the filing and file proof of the mailing with the clerk of the court.