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Maricopa County Superior Court to resume in-person operations Monday

SURPRISE, ARIZONA - MARCH 20: Justice of the Peace, Miles M. Keegan performs a wedding ceremony outside of Maricopa County Clerk of Superior Court on March 20, 2020 in Surprise, Arizona. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, weddings at Maricopa County Clerk of Superior Court are to be held outside in order to practice "social distancing" (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — The Maricopa County Superior Court announced on Friday that it will be resuming in-person operations under new health screening protocols effective Monday.

In accordance with presiding Judge Joseph C. Welty’s Administrative Order 2020-78, all those who enter court buildings in Maricopa County must bring and wear a face covering and be subject to health screenings.

Those who do not wear a mask or meet screening requirements will not be allowed into any Arizona courts under the authorization of Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel, MCSC said in a press release.

Physical access to courts will be granted no more than 30 minutes before a scheduled in-person hearing and will continue to only allow approved individuals inside.

Court attendance will be limited to parties, victims, counsel, witnesses, jurors, law enforcement, couriers, and those picking up a signed order or conducting business with the Clerk of Court.

The full list of new health screening protocols that were approved by the Administrative Office of the Courts can be found online.

Jury operations will also “gradually” begin resuming the week of June 15, according to the release.

In an effort to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, the public can search the court’s case calendar and telephonically listen to live audio of proceedings for most court events.

Additional information, including an FAQ for jurors, can be found on MCSC’s jury page.

To request to appear via telephone at a proceeding not listed on the court’s case calendar, contact courtpio@JBAZMC.maricopa.gov.

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