Rule 6. Contents Of Answer; Time For Filing.

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(a) Contents of Answer. An answer shall be in writing and signed by the defendant or his or her attorney, if any. It shall also state: (1) the reasons for denial of the relief sought by the plaintiff, including any affirmative defenses and the factual bases therefor; (2) any affirmative relief sought by the defendant, whether by way of counterclaim, set-off, cross-claim, or third-party claim, the factual bases for such relief, and the names and addresses of other persons needed for determination of the claim for affirmative relief; and (3) the address of the defendant or his or her attorney, if any.

(b) Time for Filing Answer or Reply. A defendant shall file an answer with the clerk of the court within thirty (30) days after the service of the complaint upon the defendant. An answer to a cross-claim and a reply to a counterclaim shall be filed with the clerk of the court within 20 days of the date that the pleading asserting the claim is served. A copy of an answer or reply shall also be served on the opposing party or parties in accordance with Rule 5(b) of the Rules of Civil Procedure.

ANSWER AND AFFIRMATIVE RELIEF - FORM

_____________ Court Of _____________, Arkansas

__________________, Plaintiff

vs. No. ______

__________________, Defendant

Defendant's Address: __________________________________________________________

Reasons for Denial of Plaintiff's Claim: ______________________________________

Affirmative Defenses: _________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________

Nature and Amount of Affirmative Relief Sought: _______________________________

__________________________________________________________

Date Affirmative Claim Arose: _________________________________________________

Factual Basis of Affirmative Claim: ___________________________________________

_________________________________________________________

Names and Addresses of Other Persons Needed for Determination of Affirmative Claim:

_________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________

_________________________________________________________

Defendant's Attorney, if any, and Address: ____________________________________

_______________________________________________________

______________________________________________________

________________________________________________________

[Signature of Attorney, if any, or of Defendant]

CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

The undersigned hereby certifies that a true and correct copy of the foregoing answer was served on [plaintiff or attorney for plaintiff, as appropriate] on the ________ date of __________________, 2 ____, by [state method of service used, e.g., hand delivery, mail, commercial delivery service].

_________________________________________________

[Signature of Defendant or Defendant's Attorney]

History Text: 

History. Amended November 18, 1996, effective March 1, 1997; revised December 9, 2004, effective January 1, 2005; amended June 2, 2011, effective July 1, 2011.

Associated Court Rules: 
District Court Rules