IF YOU RECEIVE A SUMMONS, DO NOT IGNORE IT!!
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO RESPOND EVEN IF YOU ARE HESITANT TO COME TO COURT.
Arizona courts take public health and safety seriously and have implemented aggressive policies to prevent the risk of infection for jurors and other court users. According to Supreme Court's Administrative Order (A.O.) 2020-79, starting June 1, 2020:
Court leadership must employ appropriate social distancing and other measures necessary for the protection of jurors, which has prompted courts to consider a variety of technology solutions to move an entire trial, or part of a trial, to a video-conference format to allow jury trials and grand jury proceedings to continue.
Courts are also reevaluating juror reporting practices. For example, courts may:
Precautionary safety measures are being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Examples include:
You may postpone the date of your jury service two times. On request, postponement will be granted if all of the following apply:
A jury commissioner may approve a subsequent request for postponement of jury service due to COVID-related reasons. The prospective juror’s service would be deferred for a minimum of two months and then would need to be revisited.
Requests to be excused are infrequently granted. In particular, excuses are not granted on the basis of religious beliefs, moral beliefs, status as business proprietor, professional status as doctor or lawyer, etc. A request to be excused must be made in writing to the court that issued the summons and must be supported by appropriate documentation. Requests for excuse should be directed to the Jury Commissioner's Office.
Possible grounds for excuse include:
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