Will Arizona Courts Remain Open Despite COVID-19 Concerns?
On March 18, 2020, the Arizona Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2020-48 (replacing Admin. Order 2020-47), which addresses concerns relating to the spread of COVID-19.
The Supreme Court has directed all Arizona courts to conduct business in a manner that reduces the risk associated with this public health emergency. Arizona Courts shall remain open to serve the public; however, due to the current emergency, and in the interest of public safety, certain limitations and changes in court practices will take immediate effect as are necessary. The changes include, but are not limited to:
All in-person proceedings in Arizona Appellate, Superior, Justice and Municipal Courts and before the presiding disciplinary judge are to be avoided to the greatest extent possible.
Jury selections scheduled for 3/18/2020 - 4/17/2020 are to be rescheduled.
The presiding Superior Court Judge of each county shall determine how any in-person court proceedings are to be conducted.
The presiding Judge will have the authority to, among other things, allow alternative means of filing, grant court continuances and extensions of deadlines, and limit any required in-person proceedings, in order to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
The changes will not drastically affect marriage licenses or ceremonies so long as no more than 10 persons are present.
If you have any questions about a pending case and how it might be affected by the Administrative Order, please feel free to contact Glover Court Solutions. While, we cannot give legal advice, we can provide general legal information to help you navigate your case. We also network with dozens of qualified attorneys throughout the Valley whom we would be happy to refer you to in the unlikely event we are unable to help.