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PHOENIX - Citing the COVID-19 surge, Maricopa County Superior Court officials say civil jury trials are being suspended through February.
They say the number of criminal jury trials are being limited due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Superior Court Presiding Judge Joseph Welty issued the order Dec. 7 in response to the public health emergency.
No more than two criminal jury trials may proceed at one time on any floor in the Superior Court’s South Court tower and no more than one jury shall be empaneled per day.
Anyone coming into a courthouse is required to wear a mask.
The closures come after President Donald Trump's lawyer and former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, tested positive for COVID-19 after meeting with some Arizona lawmakers.
ADOT has rolled out a new feature to help save time at the motor vehicle department.
A vaccine is right around the corner, a sign of hope that health officials say in the middle of what has been a rough year for many. Doses could be available here in Maricopa County as soon as mid-December.
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