The Phoenix Municipal Court is transitioning back and resuming many proceedings and functions that were previously scaled down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting Executive and Administrative orders from the Governor and the Arizona Supreme Court. In transitioning back and resuming court proceedings and operations, the Phoenix Municipal Court has taken the following progressive and measured approach:
- In-person criminal arraignments have resumed as of August 3, 2020.
- In-person, civil hearings have resumed. The Court is exploring holding video hearings for civil traffic, non-accident cases.
- Jury trials have been resumed on a limited basis as of September 14, 2020.
- Non-jury trials for out of custody defendants have resumed as of August 4, 2020.
Orders of Protection, Injunctions Against Harassment
- All Order of Protection and Injunction Against Harassment proceedings are continuing to be held and telephonic and video appearances are taking place where feasible.
Post-Arraignment Non-Trial Settings
- In-person post arraignment non-trial settings have resumed as of August 3, 2020.
Sentence Review Hearings
- Sentence review hearings are continuing as scheduled and are only being conducted telephonically.
General Transport of In-Custody Defendants
- General transport of in-custody defendants is taking place, except for in-custody defendants in quarantine.
Non-Essential Court Functions
- All non-essential functions currently scheduled to be conducted in the Court continue to be cancelled until further notice, including field trips, tours, and Teen Court.
For any rescheduled new dates for any of the above respective proceedings or functions, the Court will continue to notify all defendants, parties, or attorneys of record. Potential jurors will be summoned for jury trials as jury trial dates are set.