On April 29, 2020, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that he was extending the stay-at-home order until May 15, 2020 with modifications. Businesses have the option to open under the guidelines of his plan, but can choose to remain closed or remote-only if they wish. Similarly, some law firms and courthouses, despite being essential services, are opting to cease in-person hearings.
Presiding City Judge David R. Fuller issued an administrative order on April 29, 2020, addressing quarantine restrictions during the pandemic. The order states that all in-person proceedings are continued through June 1, 2020 “to the greatest extent possible consistent with core constitutional rights”.
The order states that when possible, hearings should proceed telephonically or through video conference. Civil and criminal hearings scheduled for May 11, 2020 through June 1, 2020 will be continued for at least four weeks. Anyone summoned for jury duty is excused.
Mental health and protective order hearings will continue being held telephonically and through video conference when possible. Anyone who is scheduled to appear and is symptomatic or otherwise suspects that they have coronavirus should alert the court and stay home. All non-essential operations are canceled.
If you have an upcoming case at Chandler Municipal Court, you should confirm if and how your hearing will be held. You should contact your attorney if you have one. If not, our firm is still offering free telephonic consultations. This is your opportunity to discuss your case, how it will be affected by COVID-19, and what your options are. Call and schedule your free consultation today!