Phoenix Municipal Court COVID-19 Updates

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Press Releases Regarding COVID-19​


Phoenix Municipal Court Press Release - March 17, 2020 - Temporary Measures Mitigating COVID-19 Exposure Risk​

Update to March 17, 2020 Phoenix Municipal Court Press Release

The March 17, 2020 Phoenix Municipal Court press release is updated as follows: 

In accordance with the direction given by the Arizona Supreme Court on March 18, 2020, all criminal jury trials in the Phoenix Municipal Court are continued from Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, April 17, 2020.  As a result, jury selection operations are also suspended from Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, April 17, 2020.  All persons summoned for jury duty and scheduled to appear at the Phoenix Municipal Court during that time period have fulfilled their service and do not need to appear.​


 

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Information Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)


The Phoenix Municipal Court has been working diligently with its City of Phoenix, Maricopa County and Arizona Supreme Court partners to ensure that it is responding fully and appropriately to the appearance of COVID-19 in Arizona. The Phoenix Municipal Court's overriding concern is to provide as safe an environment as possible to all who work in or visit it.

Additionally, please be advised that the Phoenix Municipal Court has taken many active steps to respond to the evolving health situation:

  • Only individuals with scheduled court appearances will be allowed to enter the Phoenix Municipal Court building. Upon entry, you will be asked (1) within the last 14 days, have you returned from international travel, or been on a cruise?; (2) do you have signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath?; (3) have you had contact with someone who has OR is under investigation for COVID-19? If the answer to any one of these questions is “yes", you are to proceed as follows:
    • if you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney
    • if you are not represented by an attorney, please call the Court at 602-262-6421 for further direction
    • if you are an attorney and are scheduled to appear in court, please contact the respective judge's courtroom
  • If you DO NOT have a scheduled court appearance, you will not be allowed to enter the court building.  Please call the Court at 602-262-6421 for further direction. HOWEVER, INDIVIDUALS SEEKING AN ORDER OF PROTECTION AND ANY WITNESSES WILL STILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE COURT BUILDING.
  • City staff and custodial vendors have increased cleaning efforts in city facilities, including the Court, targeting surfaces like elevator buttons, handrails, bathroom handles, fixtures and doors.
  • In consultation with the City's Human Resources Safety Section, Court employees are being asked to report any international or domestic travel for case-by-case evaluation as to those employees' return to work.
  • Court employees have been reminded about preventative actions such as staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, frequent handwashing, and disinfecting surfaces to help reduce the potential threat of spreading the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Signage has been placed throughout the Court with Center for Disease Control (“CDC") recommended reminders about how to protect oneself.

In conjunction with our 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, to respond to any changing conditions.

Finally, the Phoenix Municipal Court will continue to provide all other essential court services in a manner consistent with its mission, “Justice Through Excellence."


 

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