COVID-19 Judicial Branch Operations and Updates

The Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County is committed to maintaining access to services while keeping litigants, probationers, staff and the public safe. We are coordinating with state and county health departments and other governmental agencies to ensure we are consistent with their guidance while fulfilling our statutory and constitutional obligations.  

During the pandemic, access to Judicial Branch facilities was limited in an effort to protect the health and welfare of staff and those conducting business with the court. While those restrictions have been lifted, allowing full public access to all Judicial Branch facilities in Maricopa County, health checks are required before entry and masks must be worn in all areas.  

Persons entering Maricopa County Superior Court facilities must adhere to the following health and safety protocols: 

  • All persons entering a branch facility are required to wear a face mask, fully covering their nose and mouth. Those without a face covering will be provided one by court security. 
  • All persons must complete a health screening protocol that includes an assessment and temperature taking before entering. 
  • Social distancing protocols, practices and markings must be followed. 

While many courtrooms will be reopening for public access, the Maricopa County Superior Court will also continue the use of live web streaming of virtual proceedings. The continued ability to hold virtual proceedings for certain types of hearings promotes convenience, reduces traffic and pollution, and saves litigants, attorneys and witnesses time and money. However, many proceedings will not be streamed in favor of having in-person hearings.  

Those with an interest in observing a case are urged to check the ONLINE CALENDAR for information on if a livestream will be available. At the time of the hearing, an icon will appear on the webpage providing access to the livestream; refreshing the page may be necessary. 


Superior Court Department Operations 

Some court hearings are being held remotely. Please check the status of a case before traveling to the courthouse. To safeguard the health of everyone, please do not visit the courthouse if you are ill; instead, contact your attorney or the judicial division hearing your matter to reschedule your court appearance. Click a court department from the list below to learn more.

Current Criminal Department Operations 

Current Family Department Operations

Current Civil Department Operations

Current Lower Court/Administrative Appeals Operations

Current Tax Department Operations 

Current Juvenile Department Operations 

Current Probate Department Operations (Title 14 and Title 36, Chapter 32 Cases) and (Court-Ordered Evaluation/Treatment Cases)

Current Mental Health Department Operations 

Adult Probation Information and Directory


Juvenile Probation Information and Directory 


Superior Court Service Operations 

Juror Information/Información Para Jurados 

Law Library Resource Center 

Communications Office

COVID-19 Court Communications 

July 19, 2021: Full Public Access To Maricopa County Courts Starts Monday

July 14, 2021: Maricopa County Courts Expand Public Access To Facilities

June 1, 2020: Presiding Judge Joseph C. Welty Gives Update on Court Operations during the Pandemic on KJZZ's "The Show"

March 25, 2020: Presiding Judge Joseph C. Welty Explains COVID-19 Court Operations on KJZZ's "The Show"

  • July 14, 2021Court Expands Public Access to Facilities
  • December 3, 2020: Presiding Judge Joseph C. Welty issued Administrative Order 2020-170 - In the Matter of Conducting Jury Operations Safely During a Public Health Emergency.
  • August 3, 2020: Superior Court in Maricopa County Outlines Steps Taken to Safely Resume Jury Trials Later this Month
  • July 1, 2020Judicial Branch in Maricopa County Suspends Jury Trials through July 31, 2020
  • May 29, 2020: Maricopa County Superior Court Announces Transition Plan to Slowly Resume In-Person Operations; Requires Health Screening and Face Masks; Provides for Remote Access to Publicly Available Proceedings
  • March 24, 2020Maricopa Presiding Judge Further Restricts Superior Court Public Access During COVID-19 Pandemic
  • March 20, 2020: Maricopa Superior Court Traffic Reduced 40% Amid COVID-19 Concerns; Extends Suspension of Jury Service Through 4/17/20
  • March 16, 2020Judicial Branch Implements Temporary Measures to Mitigate COVID-19 Exposure Risk; Cancels New Jury Selection through March 30, 2020
  • March 13, 2020Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County Addresses COVID-19 Concerns



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