Can a Judgment From One State be Enforced in Another State?
If a court in another state issues a judgment, it may be enforced by the defendant's home state under the Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act.
Common requirements for recognition and enforcement include:
a) proper notice
b) proper jurisdiction (personal and subject matter)
c) final and binding judgment
d) no violation of "recognizing" state's public policy
Please see the following AZ statutes
12-1702. Filing and status of foreign judgments
A copy of any foreign judgment authenticated in accordance with the act of Congress or the statutes of this state may be filed in the office of the clerk of any superior court of this state. The clerk shall treat the foreign judgment in the same manner as a judgment of the superior court of this state. A judgment so filed has the same effect and is subject to the same procedures, defenses and proceedings for reopening, vacating, or staying as a judgment of a superior court of this state and may be enforced or satisfied in like manner.
12-1703. Notice of filing
A. At the time of the filing of the foreign judgment, the judgment creditor or the judgment creditor's lawyer shall make and file with the clerk of the superior court an affidavit setting forth the name and last known post office address of the judgment debtor, and the judgment creditor.
B. Promptly upon the filing of the foreign judgment and the affidavit, the judgment creditor shall mail notice of the filing of the foreign judgment and a copy of the foreign judgment to the judgment debtor at the address given and shall file proof of mailing with the clerk. The notice shall include the name and post office address of the judgment creditor and the judgment creditor's attorney, if any, in this state.
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