No. Arizona’s courts are not closed. In March 2020, the Arizona Supreme Court issued Administrative Orders 2020-48 and 2020-51 in response to COVID-19, allowing Arizona’s courts to change their operations to respond to COVID-19. Not all courts have implemented the same changes to operations.
It is recommended that you contact your court to see how filings are being accepted at this time. Here are some current filing methods that may or may not be used by your court:
- Placing documents in an external drop box
- Emailing documents
- Filing with the Clerk.
If you have a filing deadline, a hearing scheduled, filing or documents due, or you must complete court ordered requirements, it is important to contact the court where your case was filed to ask what schedules or deadlines might have changed and how to proceed. To find contact information for every court in Arizona visit: https://azcourthelp.org/home/find-my-court
Marriage Licenses & Courthouse Weddings
Marriage licenses can still be obtained at Superior Courts and many Justice Courts in Arizona. Some courthouses are issuing licenses by appointment only, so make sure to call before going to the courthouse in person. Courthouse weddings may or may not be conducted at this time; the policy decision is up to each Justice of the Peace with no more than ten people attending maintaining proper social distancing. Contact the courthouse to find out how they are handling marriage licenses and ceremonies at this time. For further information on marriage licenses in Arizona, visit: https://azcourthelp.org/topics/marriage/marriage-license
Policies and operations may be different for each court or type of case. Currently, courts are holding very few in-person hearings. Courts may conduct some hearings by telephone or video conferencing. It is important to contact your courthouse directly for information. To find your court’s contact information, visit: https://azcourthelp.org/home/find-my-court
If your courthouse location has a drop box, you may be able to use it for filings or payments. First contact the courthouse to find out:
- Is the drop box available for the public?
- Are they accepting initial filings in the drop box? Or, just motions and subsequent documents?
- Do they accept payments in the drop box?
- How often is the drop box checked?
You will want to place your files and/or payment in an envelope. If the box has a timestamp function, ensure you have the envelope stamped so the filing date can be entered properly. Do not place cash payments in the box. Be sure to place your name and case number (if you have one) on the payment and on the envelope.
Other Court Information
The operations of a law library are based on the current orders of the Superior Court in their county. Law Librarians are still providing the following services, mostly via telephone, online chat, or email:
- Court forms
- Legal help
- Reference guidance
Contact the law library in your county directly for operation information:
- Cochise County:
- Maricopa County:
- (602) 506-SELF (7353)
- Mohave County:
- (928) 753-0790 x4044
- Live chat offered at https://www.mohavecourts.com/
- Pima County:
- (520) 724-8456
- Pinal County
- (520) 866-5466
- Yavapai County:
- (928) 771-3309
- Yuma County:
- Email for assistance
To find information about chatting online with a State Law Librarian check out: https://azcourthelp.org/live-chat