Maricopa County Superior Court is exploring alternative ways to hold civil jury trials amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Arizona courts have made numerous changes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. From checking visitors’ temperatures at entrances to having telephonic hearings, the courts are adjusting to the new normal.
By Lauren Castle | Arizona Republic
The Maricopa County Superior Court has made plans to make sure in-person juries are safe when they return. Currently, new jury selection and grand juries are suspended because of the pandemic.
Civil Presiding Judge Pamela Gates told The Republic that at the start of the pandemic, the court began to look into ways how technology could be used since having in-person juries would be challenging. This led to the idea of virtual juries.