Beforehand I would like to thank everyone because this forum has helped me tremendously. I had 2 cases filed against me, I was able to obtain a dismissal on one as soon as I filed my MTC.
Well the other did not go as smoothly today......
Filed MTC 01/20/18, AZ Justice court approved arbitration 02/06/18 and received order to initiate arbitration
Filed for arbitration 02/22/18, arbitration said they were backed up and did not start working my case until 04/03/18
Arbitration did not start process or any mailings to any parties until 04/03/18
Today was my trial and I was pretty confident all I needed was my confirmation of the arbitration case being file 02/22/18 and copy of the letter sent to JH Portfolio on 04/03/18 requesting fees to be paid to initiate the arbitration case.
Well pretty much the judge did not care I had confirmation of filed a case with AAA, he read the letter to JH portfolio letting them know the needed to send fees by 04/17/18. After reviewing confirmation and letter judge initiated the trial and entered judgement against me for the amount owed. I was not prepared for trial, I assumed my receipt and letter would be sufficient to stay further proceedings.
I'm contemplating an appeal, what are my chances? It seems an appeal would go to Superior court, my main basis for the appeal is that arbitration was filed, started and was pending the receipt of fees from the other party, at this point AZ Justice court should have allowed more time for arbitration to proceed.....