I. Expiration of Arizona Judgments.
In Arizona, a judgment is initially effective for five (5) years from the date of its entry, and execution must be accomplished within that period. A.R.S. Section 12-1551(B). The five-year period is in the nature of a statute of limitations, however, and does not begin to run until the judgment can be enforced or sued upon, i.e., following a stay pending an appeal. Groves v. Sorce, 161 Ariz. 619, 780 P.2d 452 (Div. 2 1989);Northstar Development Corp v. Wolfswinkel, 146 Ariz. 406, 706 P.2d 732 (Div. 2 1985). Further, A.R.S. Section 12-1551(B) provides that execution or other process may not be issued upon a judgment after the expiration of five (5) years from the date of its entry unless the judgment is renewed.