Bill Text: AZ HB2249 | 2018 | Fifty-third Legislature 2nd Regular | Introduced

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Bill Title: Protective orders; filing requirements

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Passed) 2018-04-17 - Chapter 232 [HB2249 Detail]

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REFERENCE TITLE: protective orders; filing requirements

 

 

 

State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-third Legislature

Second Regular Session

2018

 

HB 2249

 

Introduced by

Representative Farnsworth E

 

 

AN ACT

 

amending sections 12‑284, 12‑1809, 12‑1810, 13‑3602 and 13‑3624, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to protective orders.

 

 

(TEXT OF BILL BEGINS ON NEXT PAGE)

 


Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 12-284, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE12-284.  Fees

A.  Except as otherwise provided by law, the clerk of the superior court shall receive fees classified as follows:

Class       Description                                           Fee

A       Initial case filing fee                                      

        Tax case                                              $    166.00

        Filing complaint, notice of appeal

           under section 12‑904 or petition                        166.00

        Filing intervenor                                          166.00

        Additional plaintiffs                                      166.00

        Filing foreign judgment                                    166.00

        Ownership of real property becomes an

           issue plaintiff                                         166.00

        Appellant

           (except under sections 12‑1809 and 13‑3602)             166.00

        Change of venue to this county                             166.00

        Petition for change of name                                166.00

        Filing a process server application                        166.00

B       Subsequent case filing fee                                   

        Filing answer, notice of appearance

           under section 12‑907 or initial appearance          $    88.00

        Additional defendants                                       88.00

        Notice of appeal to appellate courts

           (except under section 12‑2107)                           88.00

        Cross‑appeal by appellee (except under section

           12‑2107)                                                 88.00

        Ownership of real property becomes an

           issue defendant                                          88.00

        Jurisdiction exceeded appellee                               

           (within 20 days of filing)                               88.00

        Response to show cause that does one or more                 

           of the following:                                         

           1.  Requests affirmative relief or

                 counterrelief                                       

           2.  Attacks the sufficiency of process

                 or the proceedings                                  

           3.  Takes other affirmative action                       88.00

C       Initial case filing fee                                      

        Filing petition for annulment                           $  131.00

        Filing for dissolution/legal separation petition           131.00

        Petition in formal testacy or appointment                    

           proceeding                                              131.00

        Application for informal probate or informal                 

           appointment                                             131.00

        Petition for supervised administration petition              

           to appoint guardian                                     131.00

        Petition to appoint conservator or make other                

           protective order                                        131.00

        Opposing petition in testacy or appointment                  

           proceedings or appointment of guardian or                 

           conservator                                             131.00

        Single estate application or petition under                  

           title 14, chapter 3, section 14‑3938                    131.00

        Domestic relations case for which a fee is not               

           specifically prescribed                                 131.00

D       Subsequent case filing fee                                   

        Filing answer to annulment                               $  66.00

        Filing for dissolution/legal separation answer              66.00

        Any person opposing contested petition if no                 

           prior payment made                                       66.00

        Postadjudication petitions in

           domestic relations cases                                 66.00

        Postjudgment activities in probate cases                    66.00

E       Minimum clerk fee                                            

        Filing power of attorney                                 $  26.00

        Change of venue to another county transmittal                

           fee                                                      26.00

        Change of venue to another county pursuant to                

           section 12‑404 transmittal fee                           26.00

        Filing transcript and docketing judgment from                

           any courts                                               26.00

        Issuance of writs of:  attachment, execution,                

           possession, restitution, prohibition and                  

           enforcement of order of judgment‑garnishment             26.00

        Certified copy or abstract of marriage                       

           application or license                                   26.00

        Certificate of correctness of copy of record                26.00

        Justice of peace certificate                                26.00

        Each certificate of clerk to any matter in                   

           clerk's record not specifically provided                 26.00

        Filing any paper or performing any act for which

           a fee is not specifically prescribed                     26.00

        Subpoena - (civil)                                          26.00

        Research in locating a document (per year or                 

           source researched)                                       26.00

        Exemplification (per certification)                         26.00

        Authentication (per certification)                          26.00

        Seal a court file                                           26.00

        Reopen a sealed court file                                  26.00

        Retrieve bank records                                       26.00

        Reel of film alpha index per year (plus per                  

           page fee below)                                          26.00

        Payment history report                                      26.00

        Certification under one document certification              26.00

        Civil traffic appeal                                        26.00

F       Per page fee                                                 

        Making copies (on appeal and on request)                     

           per page                                              $    .50

        Making extra copies per page                                  .50

        Making photographic or photostatic copies                    

           per page                                                   .50

        Comparison fee of papers furnished by applicant              

           per page                                                   .50

        Alpha index per page                                          .50

G       Special fees                                                 

        Small claim tax case                                     $  22.00

        Marriage license and return of a

           marriage license                                         72.00

        Postage and handling                                         7.00

        Notary services                                              7.00

        Stop payment on check                                       14.00

B.  The clerk of the superior court shall receive the fees prescribed in subsection A of this section for the following services:

1.  Making copies of papers and records required to be made by the clerk on appeal, and copies of papers and records in the clerk's office made on request in other cases, for each legal size page of original.

2.  Making extra copies of the papers and records mentioned in paragraph 1 of this subsection, required or requested for each page of copy of such papers and records.

3.  In a clerk's office, in which a photographic or photostatic method of recording is used or is available for use in cooperation with other public offices, preparing copies enumerated in paragraphs 1 and 2 of this subsection for each page of copy or fraction of a page of copy.  Portions of several pages of records may be combined in one page of copy.  The clerk may prepare an abstract of marriage in lieu of a reproduction of the recorded marriage license.  The fee shall apply to matters whether recorded in such office by longhand, typing, electronic, photographic or photostatic methods.  The fees for copies are exclusive of the fees for certification or authentication.

4.  Issuing a certificate as to official capacity of a justice of the peace and affixing a seal to the certificate.

5.  Each subpoena issued in a civil proceeding or filing any paper or performing any act for which a fee is not specifically prescribed by law, but the clerk shall not charge for the clerk's services in administering the oath in connection with any affidavit, petition, letters or other pleading or document which that, after administration of the oath therefor, is promptly filed by the clerk and becomes a part of a case or matter of record in the office of the clerk.

C.  In addition to the fees required by subsection A of this section, the clerk shall charge and collect a surcharge of fifteen dollars for each filing of a postadjudication petition in a domestic relations case for which a fee presently is charged under class D in subsection A of this section.  The surcharge shall be used exclusively to fund domestic relations education and mediation programs established pursuant to section 25‑413.  Each month the clerk shall transmit the monies the clerk collects pursuant to this subsection to the county treasurer for deposit in the domestic relations education and mediation fund established by section 25‑413.

D.  Excluding the monies that are collected pursuant to subsection C of this section, each month the clerk shall transmit seventy‑five per cent percent of the monies collected for subsequent case filing fees for postadjudication petitions in domestic relations cases under class D in subsection A of this section to the county treasurer for deposit in the expedited child support and parenting time fund established pursuant to section 25‑412.  The remaining twenty‑five per cent percent of the monies collected pursuant to this subsection shall be distributed pursuant to section 12‑284.03.

E.  At the commencement of each action for annulment, dissolution of marriage, legal separation, maternity or paternity, the petitioner shall pay to the clerk of the court the initial case filing fee for the action provided in subsection A of this section.  At the time of filing a response, the respondent shall pay to the clerk of the court the subsequent case filing fee for the action provided in subsection A of this section.  In each county where the superior court has established a conciliation court, the petitioner and respondent shall each pay to the clerk a sixty‑five dollar fee.  The monies from the additional fee shall be used to carry out the purposes of the conciliation court pursuant to title 25, chapter 3, article 7.

F.  In garnishment matters:

1.  A fee shall not be charged for filing an affidavit seeking only the release of exempt wages.

2.  A fee shall not be charged for filing a garnishee's answer, for filing a judgment against the garnishee or for the issuance or return of process incident to such a judgment.

3.  For any contest relating to or any controversion of a garnishment matter, unless the contesting party has paid an appearance fee in that cause, the required appearance fee shall be paid, except that the garnishee shall not pay a clerk's fee.

G.  A person who is cited to appear and defend an order to show cause shall not be charged an appearance fee.  The person may stipulate to or consent to the entry of an order without the payment of an appearance fee.  An appearance fee shall be paid if the person is present in person or by an attorney and does one or more of the following:

1.  Requests affirmative relief or counterrelief.

2.  Attacks the sufficiency of process or the proceedings.

3.  Takes other affirmative action.

H.  A petitioner shall not be charged a fee for requesting an order of protection pursuant to section 13‑3602 or an injunction against harassment pursuant to section 12‑1809.  A defendant shall not be charged an answer fee in an order of protection action if the defendant requests a hearing pursuant to section 13‑3602, subsection L or in an injunction against harassment action if the defendant requests a hearing pursuant to section 12‑1809, subsection H.

I.  A person who files a registrar's order pursuant to section 32‑1166.06 shall not be charged a fee.

J.  The clerk of the court shall charge and collect a forty‑six dollar filing fee for a petition for emancipation of a minor filed pursuant to chapter 15 of this title.  Each month the clerk shall transmit the monies the clerk collects pursuant to this subsection to the county treasurer for deposit in the emancipation administrative costs fund established by section 12-2456.

K.  Except for monies that are collected pursuant to subsections C, D, E and J of this section, the clerk of the superior court shall transmit monthly to the county treasurer all monies collected pursuant to this section for distribution or deposit pursuant to section 12‑284.03.

L.  The supreme court may increase the fees prescribed in subsection A of this section in an amount not to exceed the per cent percent of change in the average consumer price index as published by the United States department of labor, bureau of labor statistics between that figure for the latest calendar year and the calendar year in which the last fee increase occurred. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2.  Section 12-1809, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE12-1809.  Injunction against harassment; petition; venue; fees; notices; enforcement; definition

A.  A person may file a verified petition with a magistrate, justice of the peace or superior court judge for an injunction prohibiting harassment.  If the person is a minor, the parent, legal guardian or person who has legal custody of the minor shall file the petition unless the court determines otherwise.  The petition shall name the parent, guardian or custodian as the plaintiff, and the minor is a specifically designated person for the purposes of subsection F of this section.  If a person is either temporarily or permanently unable to request an injunction, a third party may request an injunction on behalf of the plaintiff.  After the request, the judicial officer shall determine if the third party is an appropriate requesting party for the plaintiff.  Notwithstanding the location of the plaintiff or defendant, any court in this state may issue or enforce an injunction against harassment.

B.  An injunction against harassment shall not be granted:

1.  Unless the party who requests the injunction files a written verified petition for injunction.

2.  Against a person who is less than twelve years of age unless the injunction is granted by the juvenile division of the superior court.

3.  Against more than one defendant.

C.  The petition shall state all of the following:

1.  The name of the plaintiff.  The plaintiff's address and contact information shall be disclosed to the court for purposes of service and notification.  If the address of the plaintiff is unknown to the defendant, the plaintiff may request that the address be protected.  On the plaintiff's request, The address and contact information shall not be listed on the petition.  Whether or not the court issues an injunction against harassment, the protected plaintiff's address and contact information shall be maintained in a separate document or automated database and is not subject to release or disclosure by the court or any form of public access except as ordered by the court.

2.  The name and address, if known, of the defendant. 

3.  A specific statement showing events and dates of the acts constituting the alleged harassment.

4.  The name of the court in which there was or is any prior or pending proceeding or order concerning the conduct that is sought to be restrained.

5.  The relief requested.

D.  A fee shall not be charged for filing a petition under this section.  Fees for service of process may be deferred or waived under any rule or law applicable to civil actions, except that fees for service of process shall not be charged if the petition arises out of a dating relationship.  The court shall advise a plaintiff that the plaintiff may be eligible for the deferral or waiver of these fees at the time the plaintiff files a petition.  The court shall not require the petitioner plaintiff to perform community restitution as a condition of the waiver or deferral of fees for service of process.  A law enforcement agency or constable shall not require the advance payment of fees for service of process of injunctions against harassment.  If the court does not waive the fees, the serving agency may assess the actual fees against the plaintiff.  On request of the plaintiff, an injunction against harassment that is issued by a municipal court may be served by the police agency for that city if the defendant can be served within the city.  If the defendant cannot be served within the city, the police agency in the city in which the defendant can be served may serve the injunction.  On request of the plaintiff, each injunction against harassment that is issued by a justice of the peace shall be served by the constable for that jurisdiction if the defendant can be served within the jurisdiction.  If the defendant cannot be served within that jurisdiction, the constable in the jurisdiction in which the defendant can be served shall serve the injunction. On request of the plaintiff, an injunction against harassment that is issued by a superior court judge or commissioner may be served by the sheriff of the county.  If the defendant cannot be served within that jurisdiction, the sheriff in the jurisdiction in which the defendant can be served may serve the order.  The court shall provide, without charge, forms for purposes of this section for assisting parties without counsel.

E.  The court shall review the petition, any other pleadings on file and any evidence offered by the plaintiff, including any evidence of harassment by electronic contact or communication, to determine whether the injunction requested should issue without a further hearing.  Rules 65(a)(1) and 65(e) of the Arizona rules of civil procedure do not apply to injunctions that are requested pursuant to this section.  If the court finds reasonable evidence of harassment of the plaintiff by the defendant during the year preceding the filing of the petition or that good cause exists to believe that great or irreparable harm would result to the plaintiff if the injunction is not granted before the defendant or the defendant's attorney can be heard in opposition and the court finds specific facts attesting to the plaintiff's efforts to give notice to the defendant or reasons supporting the plaintiff's claim that notice should not be given, the court shall issue an injunction as provided for in subsection F of this section.  If the court denies the requested relief, it may schedule a further hearing within ten days with reasonable notice to the defendant.  For the purposes of determining the one year period, any time that the defendant has been incarcerated or out of this state shall not be counted.

F.  If the court issues an injunction, the court may do any of the following:

1.  Enjoin the defendant from committing a violation of one or more acts of harassment.

2.  Restrain the defendant from contacting the plaintiff or other specifically designated persons and from coming near the residence, place of employment or school of the plaintiff or other specifically designated locations or persons.

3.  Grant relief necessary for the protection of the alleged victim and other specifically designated persons proper under the circumstances.

G.  The court shall not grant a mutual injunction against harassment.  If opposing parties separately file verified petitions for an injunction against harassment, the courts after consultation between the judicial officers involved may consolidate the petitions of the opposing parties for hearing.  This does not prohibit a court from issuing cross injunctions against harassment.

H.  At any time during the period during which the injunction is in effect, the defendant is entitled to one hearing on written request.  No fee may be charged for requesting a hearing.  A hearing that is requested by a defendant shall be held within ten days from the date requested unless the court finds compelling reasons to continue the hearing.  The hearing shall be held at the earliest possible time.  An ex parte injunction that is issued under this section shall state on its face that the defendant is entitled to a hearing on written request and shall include the name and address of the judicial office where the request may be filed.  After the hearing, the court may modify, quash or continue the injunction.

I.  The injunction shall include the following statement:

Warning

This is an official court order.  If you disobey this order, you may be arrested and prosecuted for the crime of interfering with judicial proceedings and any other crime you may have committed in disobeying this order.

J.  A copy of the petition and the injunction shall be served on the defendant within one year from the date the injunction is signed.  An injunction that is not served on the defendant within one year after the date that the injunction is issued expires.  The injunction is effective on the defendant on service of a copy of the injunction and petition and expires one year after service on the defendant. A modified injunction is effective upon service and expires one year after service of the initial injunction and petition.

K.  A supplemental information form that is utilized by the court or a law enforcement agency used solely for the purposes of service of process on the defendant and that contains information provided by the plaintiff is confidential.

L.  Each affidavit, declaration, acceptance or return of service shall be promptly filed as soon as practicable but not later than seventy‑two hours, excluding weekends and holidays, with the clerk of the issuing court or as otherwise required by court rule.  This filing shall be completed in person, shall be made electronically or by fax or shall be postmarked, if sent by mail, no later than the end of the seventh court business day after the date of service.  If the filing is made by fax, the original affidavit, acceptance or return of service shall be promptly filed with the court.  Within twenty‑four hours after the affidavit, declaration, acceptance or return of service has been filed, excluding weekends and holidays, the court from which the injunction or any modified injunction was issued shall forward to the sheriff of the county in which the court is located a copy of the injunction and a copy of the affidavit or certificate of service of process or acceptance of service.  On receiving these copies, the sheriff shall register the injunction with the national crime information center. Registration of an injunction means that a copy of the injunction and a copy of the affidavit or certificate of service of process or acceptance of service have been received by the sheriff's office.  The sheriff supreme court shall maintain a central repository for injunctions so that the existence and validity of the injunctions can be easily verified.  The effectiveness of an injunction does not depend on its registration, and for enforcement purposes pursuant to section 13‑2810, a copy of an injunction, whether or not registered, is presumed to be a valid existing order of the court for a period of one year from the date of service of the injunction on the defendant.

M.  A peace officer, with or without a warrant, may arrest a person if the peace officer has probable cause to believe that the person has violated section 13‑2810 by disobeying or resisting an injunction that is issued pursuant to this section, whether or not the violation occurred in the presence of the officer.  The provisions for release under section 13‑3903 do not apply to an arrest made pursuant to this subsection.  A person who is arrested pursuant to this subsection may be released from custody in accordance with the Arizona rules of criminal procedure or any other applicable statute.  An order for release, with or without an appearance bond, shall include pretrial release conditions that are necessary to provide for the protection of the alleged victim and other specifically designated persons and may provide for additional conditions that the court deems appropriate, including participation in any counseling programs available to the defendant.

N.  If a peace officer responds to a call alleging that harassment has been or may be committed, the officer shall inform in writing any alleged or potential victim of the procedures and resources available for the protection of the victim including:

1.  An injunction pursuant to this section.

2.  The emergency telephone number for the local police agency.

3.  Telephone numbers for emergency services in the local community.

O.  The remedies provided in this section for enforcement of the orders of the court are in addition to any other civil and criminal remedies available.  The municipal court and the justice court may hear and decide all matters arising pursuant to this section.  After a hearing with notice to the affected party, the court may enter an order requiring any party to pay the costs of the action, including reasonable attorney fees, if any.  An order that is entered by a justice court or municipal court after a hearing pursuant to this section may be appealed to the superior court as provided in title 22, chapter 2, article 4, section 22‑425, subsection B and the superior court rules of civil appellate procedure without regard to an amount in controversy.  No fee may be charged to either party for filing an appeal.

P.  A peace officer who makes an arrest pursuant to this section is not civilly or criminally liable for the arrest if the officer acts on probable cause and without malice.  A peace officer is not civilly liable for noncompliance with subsection N of this section.

Q.  This section does not apply to preliminary injunctions issued pursuant to an action for dissolution of marriage or legal separation or for protective orders against domestic violence.

R.  In addition to the persons who are authorized to serve process pursuant to rule 4(d), Arizona rules of civil procedure, a peace officer or a correctional officer as defined in section 41‑1661 who is acting in the officer's official capacity may serve an injunction against harassment that is issued pursuant to this section.

S.  For the purposes of this section, "harassment" means a series of acts over any period of time that is directed at a specific person and that would cause a reasonable person to be seriously alarmed, annoyed or harassed and the conduct in fact seriously alarms, annoys or harasses the person and serves no legitimate purpose.  Harassment includes unlawful picketing, trespassory assembly, unlawful mass assembly, concerted interference with lawful exercise of business activity and engaging in a secondary boycott as defined in section 23‑1321 and defamation in violation of section 23‑1325. END_STATUTE

Sec. 3.  Section 12-1810, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE12-1810.  Injunction against workplace harassment; definitions

A.  An employer or an authorized agent of an employer may file a written verified petition with a magistrate, justice of the peace or superior court judge for an injunction prohibiting workplace harassment.

B.  The court shall not grant an injunction against workplace harassment against either:

1.  A person who is under twelve years of age unless the injunction is granted by the juvenile division of the superior court.

2.  More than one defendant.

C.  The petition shall state all of the following:

1.  The name of the employer.

2.  The name and address, if known, of the defendant.

3.  A specific statement showing the events and dates of the acts that constitute harassment toward the employer or any person who enters the employer's property or who is performing official work duties.

D.  The filing fee for a petition that is filed pursuant to this section is established pursuant to sections 12‑284, 22‑281 and 22‑404.

E.  The court shall review the petition and any evidence offered by the employer to determine whether to issue the injunction without further hearing.  Rules 65(a)(1) and 65(e) of the Arizona rules of civil procedure do not apply to injunctions requested pursuant to this section.  If the court finds reasonable evidence of workplace harassment by the defendant or that good cause exists to believe that great or irreparable harm would result to the employer or any other person who enters the employer's property or who is performing official work duties or if the injunction is not granted before the defendant or the defendant's attorney can be heard in opposition and the court finds specific facts that attest to the employer's efforts to give notice to the defendant or reasons supporting the employer's claim that notice should not be given, the court shall issue an injunction pursuant to subsection F of this section.  If the court denies the requested relief, the court may schedule a further hearing within ten days with reasonable notice to the defendant.

F.  If the court grants an injunction against workplace harassment, the court may do any of the following:

1.  Restrain the defendant from coming near the employer's property or place of business and restrain the defendant from contacting the employer or other person while that person is on or at the employer's property or place of business or is performing official work duties.

2.  Grant any other relief necessary for the protection of the employer, the workplace, the employer's employees or any other person who is on or at the employer's property or place of business or who is performing official work duties.

G.  If the court issues an ex parte injunction pursuant to this section, the injunction shall state on its face that the defendant is entitled to a hearing on written request and shall include the name and address of the judicial office in which the request may be filed.  At any time during the period that the injunction is in effect, the defendant may request a hearing.  The court shall hold the hearing within ten days after the date of the written request unless the court finds compelling reasons to continue the hearing.  The hearing shall be held at the earliest possible time.  After the hearing, the court may modify, quash or continue the injunction.

H.  An injunction against workplace harassment that is issued pursuant to this section shall include the following statement:

Warning

This is an official court order.  If you disobey this order, you may be arrested and prosecuted for the crime of interfering with judicial proceedings and any other crime you may have committed in disobeying this order.

I.  A copy of the petition and the injunction shall be served on the defendant within one year from the date the injunction is signed.  An injunction that is not served on the defendant within one year after the date that the injunction is issued expires.  The injunction is effective on the defendant on service of a copy of the injunction and petition and expires one year after service on the defendant. A modified injunction is effective on service and expires one year after service of the initial injunction and petition.

J.  A supplemental information form that is utilized by the court or a law enforcement agency used solely for the purposes of service of process on the defendant and that contains information provided by the plaintiff is confidential.

K.  Each affidavit, declaration, acceptance or return of service shall be filed promptly as soon as practicable but not later than  seventy‑two hours, excluding weekends and holidays, with the clerk of the issuing court or as otherwise required by court rule.  The filing shall be completed in person, made electronically or by fax or postmarked, if sent by mail, no later than the end of the seventh court business day after the date of service.  If the filing is made by fax, the original affidavit, acceptance or return of service shall be filed promptly with the court.  Within twenty‑four hours after the affidavit, declaration, acceptance or return of service has been filed, excluding weekends and holidays, the court that issued the injunction shall register a copy of the injunction and a copy of the affidavit of service of process or acceptance of service with the sheriff's office of the county in which the employer is located national crime information center.  A copy of an injunction is presumed to be a valid existing order of the court for one year after the date on which the defendant was served.  Any changes or modifications to the injunction are effective on entry by the court and shall be registered with the sheriff clerk of the issuing court, or as otherwise required by court rule, within twenty‑four hours after the entry, excluding weekends and holidays.

L.  This section does not:

1.  Expand, diminish, alter or modify the duty of an employer to provide a safe workplace for its employees and other persons.

2.  Permit a court to issue a temporary restraining order or injunction that prohibits speech or other activities that are constitutionally protected or otherwise protected by law, including actions involving organized labor disputes that do not involve unlawful picketing, trespassory assembly, unlawful mass assembly, concerted interference with lawful exercise of business activity and engaging in a secondary boycott as defined in section 23‑1321, defamation in violation of section 23‑1325 or any actual or threatened misrepresentation, fraud, duress, violence or breach of the peace.

3.  Preclude either party from being represented by private counsel or appearing on the party's own behalf.

M.  When the employer has knowledge that a specific person or persons are the target of harassment as defined by this section, the employer shall make a good faith effort to provide notice to the person or persons that the employer intends to petition the court for an injunction against workplace harassment.

N.  Whether or not a violation occurs in the presence of a peace officer, a peace officer, with or without a warrant, may arrest a person if the peace officer has probable cause to believe that the person has violated section 13‑2810 by disobeying or resisting an injunction that was issued pursuant to this section.  The release provisions under section 13‑3903 do not apply to an arrest made pursuant to this subsection.  A person who is arrested pursuant to this subsection may be released from custody pursuant to the Arizona rules of criminal procedure or any applicable statute.  The court shall include in an order for release any pretrial release conditions that the court deems appropriate.

O.  The remedies under this section for the enforcement of protection orders are in addition to any other civil and criminal remedies that are available.  The municipal court and the justice court may hear and decide all matters arising pursuant to this section.  On notice to the affected party and after a hearing, the court may enter an order that requires any party to pay the costs of the action, including reasonable attorney fees.  A party may appeal an order entered by a justice court or municipal court pursuant to section 22‑261 or 22‑425 and the superior court rules of civil appellate procedure without regard to an amount in controversy.

P.  A peace officer who makes an arrest pursuant to this section is immune from civil or criminal liability if the officer acts on probable cause.

Q.  An employer is immune from civil liability for seeking or failing to seek an injunction under this section unless the employer is seeking an injunction primarily to accomplish a purpose for which the injunction was not designed.  Any action or statement by an employer under this section shall not be deemed an admission by the employer of any fact.  An action or statement by an employer under this section may be used for impeachment purposes.

R.  In addition to the persons who are authorized to serve process pursuant to rule 4(d), Arizona rules of civil procedure, a peace officer may serve an injunction against workplace harassment pursuant to this section.

S.  For the purposes of this section:

1.  "Employer" means an individual, partnership, association or corporation or a person or group of persons who act, directly or indirectly, on behalf of or in the interest of an employer and with the consent of the employer.  Employer includes this state, a political subdivision of this state and any school district or other special district.

2.  "Harassment" means a single threat or act of physical harm or damage or a series of acts over any period of time that would cause a reasonable person to be seriously alarmed or annoyed and includes unlawful picketing, trespassory assembly, unlawful mass assembly, concerted interference with lawful exercise of business activity and engaging in a secondary boycott as defined in section 23‑1321 and defamation in violation of section 23‑1325.

Sec. 4.  Section 13-3602, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE13-3602.  Order of protection; procedure; contents; arrest for violation; penalty; protection order from another jurisdiction; definition

A.  A person may file a verified petition, as in civil actions, with a magistrate, justice of the peace or superior court judge for an order of protection for the purpose of restraining a person from committing an act included in domestic violence.  If the person is a minor, the parent, legal guardian or person who has legal custody of the minor shall file the petition unless the court determines otherwise.  The petition shall name the parent, guardian or custodian as the plaintiff and the minor is a specifically designated person for the purposes of subsection G of this section.  If a person is either temporarily or permanently unable to request an order, a third party may request an order of protection on behalf of the plaintiff. After the request, the judicial officer shall determine if the third party is an appropriate requesting party for the plaintiff.  For the purposes of this section, notwithstanding the location of the plaintiff or defendant, any court in this state may issue or enforce an order of protection.

B.  An order of protection shall not be granted:

1.  Unless the party who requests the order files a written verified petition for an order.

2.  Against a person who is less than twelve years of age unless the order is granted by the juvenile division of the superior court.

3.  Against more than one defendant.

C.  The petition shall state the:

1.  Name of the plaintiff.  The plaintiff's address and contact information shall be disclosed to the court for purposes of service and notification.  If the address of the plaintiff is unknown to the defendant, the plaintiff may request that the address be protected.  On the plaintiff's request, The address and contact information shall not be listed on the petition.  Whether or not the court issues an order of protection, the protected plaintiff's address and contact information shall be maintained in a separate document or automated database and is not subject to release or disclosure by the court or any form of public access except as ordered by the court.

2.  Name and address, if known, of the defendant.

3.  Specific statement, including dates, of the domestic violence alleged.

4.  Relationship between the parties pursuant to section 13‑3601, subsection A and whether there is pending between the parties an action for maternity or paternity, annulment, legal separation or dissolution of marriage.

5.  Name of the court in which any prior or pending proceeding or order was sought or issued concerning the conduct that is sought to be restrained.

6.  Desired relief.

D.  A fee shall not be charged for filing a petition under this section or for service of process.  On request of the plaintiff, each order of protection that is issued by a municipal court shall be served by the police agency for that city if the defendant can be served within the city.  If the defendant cannot be served within the city, the police agency in the city in which the defendant can be served shall serve the order.  If the order cannot be served within a city, the sheriff shall serve the order.  On request of the plaintiff, each order of protection that is issued by a justice of the peace shall be served by the constable or sheriff for that jurisdiction if the defendant can be served within the jurisdiction.  If the defendant cannot be served within that jurisdiction, the constable or sheriff in the jurisdiction in which the defendant can be served shall serve the order.  On request of the plaintiff, each order of protection that is issued by a superior court judge or commissioner shall be served by the sheriff of the county.  If the defendant cannot be served within that jurisdiction, the sheriff in the jurisdiction in which the defendant can be served shall serve the order.  Each court shall provide, without charge, forms for purposes of this section for assisting parties without counsel.  The court shall make reasonable efforts to provide the appropriate information to both parties an appropriate information sheet on emergency and counseling services that are available in the local area.

E.  The court shall review the petition, any other pleadings on file and any evidence offered by the plaintiff, including any evidence of harassment by electronic contact or communication, to determine whether the orders requested should issue without further hearing.  The court shall issue an order of protection under subsection G of this section if the court determines that there is reasonable cause to believe any of the following:

1.  The defendant may commit an act of domestic violence.

2.  The defendant has committed an act of domestic violence within the past year or within a longer period of time if the court finds that good cause exists to consider a longer period.

F.  For the purposes of determining the period of time under subsection E, paragraph 2 of this section, any time that the defendant has been incarcerated or out of this state shall not be counted.  If the court denies the requested relief, it may schedule a further hearing within ten days, with reasonable notice to the defendant.

G.  If a court issues an order of protection, the court may do any of the following:

1.  Enjoin the defendant from committing a violation of one or more of the offenses included in domestic violence.

2.  Grant one party the use and exclusive possession of the parties' residence on a showing that there is reasonable cause to believe that physical harm may otherwise result.  If the other party is accompanied by a law enforcement officer, the other party may return to the residence on one occasion to retrieve belongings.  A law enforcement officer is not liable for any act or omission in the good faith exercise of the officer's duties under this paragraph.

3.  Restrain the defendant from contacting the plaintiff or other specifically designated persons and from coming near the residence, place of employment or school of the plaintiff or other specifically designated locations or persons on a showing that there is reasonable cause to believe that physical harm may otherwise result.

4.  If the court finds that the defendant is a credible threat to the physical safety of the plaintiff or other specifically designated persons, prohibit the defendant from possessing or purchasing a firearm for the duration of the order.  If the court prohibits the defendant from possessing a firearm, the court shall also order the defendant to transfer any firearm owned or possessed by the defendant immediately after service of the order to the appropriate law enforcement agency for the duration of the order.  If the defendant does not immediately transfer the firearm, the defendant shall transfer the firearm within twenty‑four hours after service of the order.

5.  If the order was issued after notice and a hearing at which the defendant had an opportunity to participate, require the defendant to complete a domestic violence offender treatment program that is provided by a facility approved by the department of health services or a probation department or any other program deemed appropriate by the court.

6.  Grant relief that is necessary for the protection of the alleged victim and other specifically designated persons and that is proper under the circumstances.

7.  Grant the petitioner plaintiff the exclusive care, custody or control of any animal that is owned, possessed, leased, kept or held by the petitioner plaintiff, the respondent defendant or a minor child residing in the residence or household of the petitioner plaintiff or the respondent defendant, and order the respondent defendant to stay away from the animal and forbid the respondent defendant from taking, transferring, encumbering, concealing, committing an act of cruelty or neglect in violation of section 13‑2910 or otherwise disposing of the animal.

H.  The court shall not grant a mutual order of protection.  If opposing parties separately file verified petitions for an order of protection, the courts after consultation between the judges involved may consolidate the petitions of the opposing parties for hearing.  This does not prohibit a court from issuing cross orders of protection.

I.  After granting an order of protection, the court shall provide the order to A law enforcement agency or a constable as set forth in subsection J of this section for service or to an entity that is authorized to serve process in subsection K of this section.  The agency or entity serving the order shall provide confirmation of service to the plaintiff as soon as practicable.  If service of an order cannot be completed within fifteen days, the agency or entity that is attempting service shall notify the plaintiff and continue to attempt service.  This notification may be completed by a victim notification system, if available.

J.  If the order of protection is provided to a law enforcement agency or a constable, service of an order of protection is as follows:

1.  For each order of protection that is issued by a municipal court, if the defendant can be served within that city or town, the order shall be served by the law enforcement agency of that city or town.  If the order can be served in another city or town, the order shall be served by the law enforcement agency of that city or town.  If the order cannot be served within a city or town, the order shall be served by the sheriff in the county in which the defendant can be served.  A constable may serve an order of protection in the precinct where the order is to be served.

2.  For each order of protection that is issued by a justice of the peace, the order of protection shall be served by the sheriff of the county or the constable of the precinct where the defendant can be served.

3.  For each order of protection that is issued by a superior court judge or commissioner, the order of protection shall by served by the sheriff of the county where the defendant can be served.  A constable may serve an order of protection in the precinct where the order is to be served.

K.  In addition to persons authorized to serve process pursuant to rule 4(d) of the Arizona rules of civil procedure, a peace officer or a correctional officer as defined in section 41-1661 who is acting in the officer's official capacity may serve an order of protection that is issued pursuant to this section.  Service of the order of protection has priority over other service of process that does not involve an immediate threat to the safety of a person.

I.  L.  At any time during the period during which the order is in effect, a party who is under an order of protection or who is restrained from contacting the other party is entitled to one hearing on written request.  No fee may be charged for requesting a hearing.  A hearing that is requested by a party who is under an order of protection or who is restrained from contacting the other party shall be held within ten days from the date requested unless the court finds good cause to continue the hearing.  If exclusive use of the home is awarded, the hearing shall be held within five days from the date requested.  The hearing shall be held at the earliest possible time.  An ex parte order that is issued under this section shall state on its face that the defendant is entitled to a hearing on written request and shall include the name and address of the judicial office where the request may be filed.  After the hearing, the court may modify, quash or continue the order.

J.  M.  The order shall include the following statement:

Warning

This is an official court order.  If you disobey this order, you will be subject to arrest and prosecution for the crime of interfering with judicial proceedings and any other crime you may have committed in disobeying this order.

K.  N.  A copy of the petition and the order shall be served on the defendant within one year from the date the order is signed.  An order of protection that is not served on the defendant within one year after the date that the order is issued expires.  An order is effective on the defendant on service of a copy of the order and petition.  An order expires one year after service on the defendant.  A modified order is effective on service and expires one year after service of the initial order and petition.

L.  O.  A supplemental information form that is utilized used by the court or a law enforcement agency solely for the purposes of service of process on the defendant and that contains information provided by the plaintiff is confidential.

M.  P.  Each affidavit, declaration, acceptance or return of service shall be promptly filed as soon as practicable but not later than seventy‑two hours, excluding weekends and holidays, with the clerk of the issuing court or as otherwise required by court rule.  This filing shall be completed in person, shall be made electronically or by fax or shall be postmarked, if sent by mail, no later than the end of the seventh court business day after the date of service.  If the filing is made by fax, the original affidavit, acceptance or return of service shall be promptly filed with the court.  Within twenty‑four hours after the affidavit, declaration, acceptance or return of service has been filed, excluding weekends and holidays, the court from which the order or any modified order was issued shall forward to the sheriff of the county in which the court is located a copy of the order of protection and a copy of the affidavit or certificate of service of process or acceptance of service. On receiving these copies, the sheriff shall register the order with the national crime information centerRegistration of an order means that a copy of the order of protection and a copy of the affidavit or acceptance of service have been received by the sheriff's office.  The sheriff supreme court shall maintain a central repository for orders of protection so that the existence and validity of the orders can be easily verified.  The effectiveness of an order does not depend on its registration, and for enforcement purposes pursuant to section 13‑2810, a copy of an order of the court, whether or not registered, is presumed to be a valid existing order of the court for a period of one year from the date of service of the order on the defendant.

N.  Q.  A peace officer, with or without a warrant, may arrest a person if the peace officer has probable cause to believe that the person has violated section 13‑2810 by disobeying or resisting an order that is issued in any jurisdiction in this state pursuant to this section, whether or not such violation occurred in the presence of the officer.  Criminal violations of an order issued pursuant to this section shall be referred to an appropriate law enforcement agency.  The law enforcement agency shall request that a prosecutorial agency file the appropriate charges.  A violation of an order of protection shall not be adjudicated by a municipal or justice court unless a complaint has been filed or other legal process has been requested by the prosecuting agency.  The provisions for release under section 13‑3883, subsection A, paragraph 4 and section 13‑3903 do not apply to an arrest made pursuant to this section.  For the purposes of this section, any court in this state has jurisdiction to enforce a valid order of protection that is issued in this state and that has been violated in any jurisdiction in this state.

O.  R.  A person who is arrested pursuant to subsection Q of this section may be released from custody in accordance with the Arizona rules of criminal procedure or any other applicable statute.  An order for release, with or without an appearance bond, shall include pretrial release conditions that are necessary to provide for the protection of the alleged victim and other specifically designated persons and may provide for any other additional conditions that the court deems appropriate, including participation in any counseling programs available to the defendant.  The agency with custody of the defendant shall make reasonable efforts to contact the victim and other specifically designated persons in the order of protection, if known to the custodial agency, who requested notification immediately on release of the arrested person from custody.

P.  s.  The remedies provided in this section for enforcement of the orders of the court are in addition to any other civil and criminal remedies available.  The superior court shall have exclusive jurisdiction to issue orders of protection in all cases if it appears from the petition that an action for maternity or paternity, annulment, legal separation or dissolution of marriage is pending between the parties.  A municipal court or justice court shall not issue an order of protection if it appears from the petition that an action for maternity or paternity, annulment, legal separation or dissolution of marriage is pending between the parties.  After issuance of an order of protection, if the municipal court or justice court determines that an action for maternity or paternity, annulment, legal separation or dissolution of marriage is pending between the parties, the municipal court or justice court shall stop further proceedings in the action and forward all papers, together with a certified copy of docket entries or any other record in the action, to the superior court where they shall be docketed in the pending superior court action and shall proceed as though the petition for an order of protection had been originally brought in the superior court. Notwithstanding any other law and unless prohibited by an order of the superior court, a municipal court or justice court may hold a hearing on all matters relating to its ex parte order of protection if the hearing was requested before receiving written notice of the pending superior court action.  No order of protection shall be invalid or determined to be ineffective merely because it was issued by a lower court at a time when an action for maternity or paternity, annulment, legal separation or dissolution of marriage was pending in a higher court.  After a hearing with notice to the affected party, the court may enter an order requiring any party to pay the costs of the action, including reasonable attorney fees, if any.  An order that is entered by a justice court or municipal court after a hearing pursuant to this section may be appealed to the superior court as provided in title 22, chapter 2, article 4, section 22‑425, subsection B and the superior court rules of civil appellate procedure without regard to an amount in controversy.  No fee may be charged to either party for filing an appeal.  For the purposes of this subsection, "pending" means, with respect to an action for annulment, legal separation or dissolution of marriage or for maternity or paternity, either that:

1.  An action has been commenced but a final judgment, decree or order has not been entered.

2.  A post‑decree proceeding has been commenced but a judgment, decree or order finally determining the proceeding has not been entered.

Q.  T.  A peace officer who makes an arrest pursuant to this section or section 13‑3601 is not civilly or criminally liable for the arrest if the officer acts on probable cause and without malice.

R. In addition to persons authorized to serve process pursuant to rule 4(d) of the Arizona rules of civil procedure, a peace officer or a correctional officer as defined in section 41‑1661 who is acting in the officer's official capacity may serve an order of protection that is issued pursuant to this section.  Service of the order of protection has priority over other service of process that does not involve an immediate threat to the safety of a person.

S.  U.  A valid protection order that is related to domestic or family violence and that is issued by a court in another state, a court of a United States territory or a tribal court shall be accorded full faith and credit and shall be enforced as if it were issued in this state for as long as the order is effective in the issuing jurisdiction.  For the purposes of this subsection:

1.  A protection order includes any injunction or other order that is issued for the purpose of preventing violent or threatening acts or harassment against, contact or communication with or physical proximity to another person.  A protection order includes temporary and final orders other than support or child custody orders that are issued by civil and criminal courts if the order is obtained by the filing of an independent action or is a pendente lite order in another proceeding.  The civil order shall be issued in response to a complaint, petition or motion that was filed by or on behalf of a person seeking protection.

2.  A protection order is valid if the issuing court had jurisdiction over the parties and the matter under the laws of the issuing state, a United States territory or an Indian tribe and the person against whom the order was issued had reasonable notice and an opportunity to be heard.  If the order is issued ex parte, the notice and opportunity to be heard shall be provided within the time required by the laws of the issuing state, a United States territory or an Indian tribe and within a reasonable time after the order was issued.

3.  A mutual protection order that is issued against both the party who filed a petition or a complaint or otherwise filed a written pleading for protection against abuse and the person against whom the filing was made is not entitled to full faith and credit if either:

(a)  The person against whom an initial order was sought has not filed a cross or counter petition or other written pleading seeking a protection order.

(b)  The issuing court failed to make specific findings supporting the entitlement of both parties to be granted a protection order.

4.  A peace officer may presume the validity of and rely on a copy of a protection order that is issued by another state, a United States territory or an Indian tribe if the order was given to the officer by any source.  A peace officer may also rely on the statement of any person who is protected by the order that the order remains in effect.  A peace officer who acts in good faith reliance on a protection order is not civilly or criminally liable for enforcing the protection order pursuant to this section.

V.  For the purposes of this section, "victim notification system" means an automated system that may provide plaintiffs and crime victims with an automated notification regarding the person's case.END_STATUTE

Sec. 5.  Section 13-3624, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE13-3624.  Emergency orders of protection

A.  In counties with a population of one hundred fifty thousand persons or more according to the most recent United States decennial census, the presiding judge of the superior court, during the hours that the courts are closed,  shall make available on a rotating basis a judge, justice of the peace, magistrate or commissioner who shall issue emergency orders of protection by telephone.

B.  In counties with a population of less than one hundred fifty thousand persons according to the most recent United States decennial census, a judge, justice of the peace, magistrate or commissioner may issue an emergency order by telephone.  The court, within twenty‑four hours after a defendant is arrested for an act of domestic violence, shall register a certified copy of the release order with the sheriff's office of the county in which the order was issued.  The court shall notify the sheriff's office of material changes in the release order, if the conditions of the release order are no longer in effect and when the charges are resolved.  The sheriff in each county shall maintain a central repository for release orders so that the existence and validity of the orders can be easily verified.  The law enforcement agency shall advise domestic violence victims where the victim may verify the registration and conditions of a release order.

C.  The judge, justice of the peace, magistrate or commissioner who is authorized to issue emergency orders of protection may issue a written or oral ex parte emergency order of protection if a peace officer states that the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that a person is in immediate and present danger of domestic violence based on an allegation of a recent incident of actual domestic violence pursuant to section 13‑3601, subsection A.

D.  An emergency order of protection may include any of the following:

1.  The defendant may be enjoined from committing a violation of one or more of the offenses included in domestic violence.

2.  One party may be granted the use and exclusive possession of the parties' residence on a showing that there is reasonable cause to believe that physical harm may otherwise result.

3.  The defendant may be restrained from contacting the plaintiff and coming near the residence, place of employment or school of the plaintiff or other specifically designated locations or persons on a showing that there is reasonable cause to believe that physical harm may otherwise result.

4.  If the court finds that the defendant may inflict bodily injury or death on the plaintiff, the defendant may be prohibited from possessing or purchasing a firearm for the duration of the order.

E.  An emergency order of protection expires at the close of the next day of judicial business following the day of issue or seventy‑two hours after issuance, whichever is longer, unless otherwise continued by the court.

F.  A judge, justice of the peace, magistrate or commissioner may issue an oral emergency order of protection pursuant to subsection C of this section upon on request of the alleged victim, if there is a finding that a person's life or health is in imminent danger.  If a person is either temporarily or permanently unable to request an order, a third party may request an order of protection on behalf of the plaintiff.  After the request, the judicial officer shall determine if the third party is an appropriate requesting party for the plaintiff.  the judicial officer who issues an oral emergency order of protection shall document the issuance of the order as soon as practicable.  The officer who receives the verbal order shall write and sign the order.  The emergency order shall be served on the respondent defendant, and a copy shall be given to the protected party. The emergency order shall be filed as soon as practicable after its issuance. The officer law enforcement agency shall file a certificate of service with the court and shall verbally notify the sheriff's office that the emergency order of protection has been issued register the emergency order with the national crime information system as soon as practicable.  If a person who is named in the order and who has not received personal service of the order but has received actual notice of the existence and substance of the order commits an act that violates the order, the person is subject to any penalty for the violation.

G.  The availability of an emergency order of protection is not affected by either party leaving the residence.

H.  A law enforcement agency that has jurisdiction to enforce an emergency order of protection shall enforce the emergency order when it has reasonable cause to believe that the order has been violated.

I.  Failure of a law enforcement agency to enforce an emergency order of protection pursuant to this section does not give rise to civil liability except pursuant to section 12‑820.02. END_STATUTE

Sec. 6.  Effective date

This act is effective from and after December 31, 2019.

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