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How are Arizona Courts Responding to COVID-19?

March 23, 2020 By John Torgenson

how are Arizona courts responding to COVID-19COVID-19, otherwise known as the “Coronavirus,” has created high levels of uncertainty in many aspects of our lives, such as our health, education, and financial stability. Businesses are temporarily closing or transitioning into indefinite “work-from-home” policies, schools are switching to online classes only, and basically all sporting events have been postponed through April. These are strange and truly eerie times in our world.

As you may already know, Torgenson Law is open for business, but we working from home amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. As always, we are readily available for our clients and all Arizona injury victims to support their personal injury needs.

Like us, Arizona’s courts are also taking precautions to help stifle the spread of this virus. On March 16, 2020, the Arizona Supreme Court issued an Administrative Order that provides state courts with direction on altering their business operations without substantially impacting or disrupting access to justice. The Arizona Supreme Court’s goal is of course to reduce the risks of this public health emergency where possible. Accordingly, the Administrative Order limits state court operations as follows:

  • Requesting that in-person proceedings be avoided if possible;
  • Rescheduling any jury selections that were scheduled to occur between March 18, 2020 through April 17, 2020;
  • Authorizing superior court judges to determine procedures for conducting in-person proceedings that:
    • Limit in-person courtroom contact by using available technology, including electronic filing systems, telephonic hearings, video conferences, and other electronic means of communication;
    • Abide by CDC recommendations for social distancing and event capacity limitations to further limit the number of individuals in the courtroom at any given time;
    • Liberally granting extensions for court hearings and deadlines.

If you would like to read more about Arizona Courts’ COVID-19 information and updates, click here. Ultimately, there can be no certainty as to when all of this will be over. All we ask, is that each of you support one another by simply being smart and mindful for not only your sake, but for the health and well being of your fellow neighbor.

As always, Torgenson Law is here for your personal injury needs. If you suffer a personal injury and believe you are entitled to compensation, call Torgenson Law at (602) 691-4707 for a free legal consultation.

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John Torgenson

After high school, John attended the University of Utah, graduating in 2001. John then attended his dream school, Notre Dame Law School, where he graduated, with honors, in 2004. John is licensed to fight in court for real people in the State of Arizona, the United States Federal District Court of Arizona, and the 9th Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before establishing what is now Torgenson Law, John practiced in the litigation group at Fennemore Craig, the oldest law firm in Arizona, and one of the largest firms in the Southwest. Having practiced at Fennemore Craig in both the defense and plaintiff’s practice areas gives John a complete perspective of the litigation process, and valuable insight into how to efficiently and effectively advance his clients’ interests. His unique and balanced background enhances his credibility with defense lawyers, insurers, and defendants as well as with judges and arbitrators.