The way our world operates is changing daily during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in many ways, it will continue to do so for months to come. Courts are working quickly to respond to strict social distancing and stay-at-home orders while developing solutions that allow them to continue to serve their purpose and the public. Juvenile courts in Maricopa County, Arizona are still in operation while making changes in response to COVID-19.
Below we’ve compiled the most recent updates from the Maricopa County Superior Court Juvenile Division regarding changes made due to COVID-19:
- Nearly all in-person proceedings have been halted and are now going to be held virtually, including Evidentiary Hearings and trials.
- Each courthouse is set up with rooms that have WiFi and/or hotspots for parties to appear virtually at scheduled hearings.
- Courts are working on solutions that would allow electronic online or e-filing for dependency matters, which has not been available previously.
- Masks are not required for in-person court appearances, but are allowed and encouraged for use and have been provided on occasion.
Although new changes arise daily with ever-evolving news about the coronavirus, courts are working hard to ensure the safety of staff members, attorneys, and community members.
To learn more about how COVID-19 could be affecting your juvenile court matter, contact the attorneys at OWENS & PERKINS by clicking here or by calling our office at 480.994.8824 to schedule your FREE 30-minute consultation. We remain fully operational while practicing appropriate social distancing and cleaning regimes.