PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)-- Maricopa County courts have cancelled jury selection through March amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Judicial Branch of Arizona announced Monday that anyone who has been summoned to appear for potential jury duty selection no longer needs to do so and has fulfilled their service.
However, if you were already selected to participate on a jury, you are encouraged to contact the judicial officer assigned to the case for further guidance. Anyone who has already been selected to be on a jury and is feeling sick is asked not to show up in court and to notify the case judicial officer.
The Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County strives to balance constitutional and statutory obligations w/public health concerns. Today, Presiding Judge Welty approved several temporary measures in response to #COVID19 👇 pic.twitter.com/Zpwk3WXnZl— MC Superior Court (@courtpio) March 17, 2020
Because no new jury trials will be started through March, defendants’ rights to a speedy trial have been suspended during this time. Ongoing trials will be determined by the trial judge/commissioner, according to Maricopa County court.