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Arizona court gears up for reviews of virus outbreak orders

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Posted at 6:11 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 10:59:58-05

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's state court system is preparing for possible hearings and other proceedings to review any future emergency public health orders stemming from the coronavirus outbreak or other communicable and infectious diseases.

An administrative order signed Wednesday by state Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Brutinel assigns at least one Superior Court judges in each of the 15 counties to conduct any required judicial reviews of measures taken by public health agencies to prevent and control diseases.

The order also authorizes presiding judges in each county to adopt or suspend local court rules and orders and to take other steps.

That could include having courts operate around the clock and for Superior Courts to handle cases originally filed in lower courts.