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In late March, 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic together with Governor Ducey’s Executive Orders and Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Orders, the Phoenix Municipal Court significantly scaled down its court proceedings, operations, and other activities. The primary purpose of scaling down was to protect the health and safety of the public and Phoenix Municipal Court employees.
With the expiration of the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-18, titled “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected,” which had urged Arizona residents to stay at home other than for essential activities, with the issuance of Executive Order 2020-36 titled “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger,” and with the issuance of Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2020-79 detailing how all Arizona courts are to transition and resume court business during this COVID-19 pandemic, the Phoenix Municipal Court has taken the step provided below.
The steps are designed to continue to reduce in-person contacts at the Phoenix Municipal Court in an effort to continue protecting the public and the Court will continue to work diligently with its City, Maricopa County, and Arizona Supreme Court partners to ensure a full and appropriate response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Court's mission is “Justice Through Excellence" and the Court intends to transition and resume court business in a manner consistent with this mission, while continuing to maintain the health and safety of the public and the Court’s employees.
Steps Taken by the Court in Response to COVID-19
As provided below, the Phoenix Municipal Court has taken many active steps and modifications to its operations in response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic:
Finally, in conjunction with City, County and State partners, and guided by the direction of public health authorities, the Phoenix Municipal Court will take any additional steps, as appropriate, in response to any changing conditions.