Current through L. 2021, ch. 447 and L. 2021 SP1, ch. 1
Section 13-4311 - Judicial in rem forfeiture proceedingsA. If a forfeiture is authorized by law, it may be ordered by a court on an action in rem brought by the state pursuant to a notice of pending forfeiture or a verified complaint for forfeiture. The state may serve the complaint in the manner provided by section 13-4307 or by the Arizona rules of civil procedure.B. Judicial in rem forfeiture proceedings are in the nature of an action in rem and are governed by the Arizona rules of civil procedure unless a different procedure is provided by law. A civil in rem action may be brought by the state in addition to or in lieu of the civil and criminal in personam forfeiture procedures set forth in sections 13-4312 and 13-4313 If the prosecutor shows by clear and convincing evidence that there is no known owner of the seized property, diligent efforts have been made to identify the owner of the seized property and no person has asserted an ownership interest in the seized property or that, before or after the conviction, the defendant or alleged criminal:2. No longer resides in the United States or was deported.3. Was granted immunity or reduced punishment in exchange for testifying or assisting a law enforcement investigation or prosecution.4. Fled the jurisdiction of this state.5. Abandoned the property.C. On the filing of a civil in rem action by the state in superior court the clerk of the court in which the action is filed or the attorney for the state shall provide the notice of pending forfeiture required by section 13-4307 unless the files of the clerk of the court reflect that the notice has previously been made.D. An owner of or interest holder in the property may file a claim against the property pursuant to section 13-4307 , within sixty days after the notice, for a hearing to adjudicate the validity of the owner's or interest holder's claimed interest in the property. The court shall hold the hearing without a jury. An owner or interest holder may not be charged a filing fee or any other charge for filing the claim. Amended by L. 2021, ch. 327,s. 20, eff. 9/29/2021.Amended by L. 2017, ch. 149,s. 7, eff. 8/9/2017.