• Make Sure Your Judgment or Order is Final and Appealable
  • January 12, 2017 | Authors: Jonathan P. Barnes; Eileen Dennis GilBride
  • Law Firm: Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. - Phoenix Office
  • No judgment is final and appealable in Arizona state courts unless it contains a certification, either under Rule 54(b) or Rule 54(c) of the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. This is important because the clock will not start ticking on the time for taking an appeal until the judgment is final. It is also important because if an appeal is taken from a non-final judgment, the court of appeals will either dismiss the appeal or stay it and remand back to the superior court for a new judgment that contains the required certification. So whether you are the prevailing party, or the losing party, make sure the judgment is properly certified as final. Note that this rule change does not apply in federal courts--the judgment rules for federal courts remain the same.