Through COVID all parties have been appearing virtually in eviction actions in Arizona. In Pima County this has been done through Zoom. The option to appear virtually has increased tenant participation and made it easier for witnesses and managers to attend hearings. This provides more information to the court at an initial hearing and can lead to faster and more accurate results in eviction matters.
SB1322 has passed the Arizona legislature and been signed by the Arizona governor. It amended the Arizona Revised Statues as follows:
ARS 22-206: 22-206. Virtual appearance; detainer actions
NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER LAW, IN A SPECIAL DETAINER OR FORCIBLE DETAINER PROCEEDING BEFORE THE COURT, ANY PARTY, INCLUDING AN ATTORNEY OR WITNESS, SHALL BE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE REMOTELY BY USING A TELEPHONE OR VIDEO CONFERENCE CONNECTION.
For Pima County evictions, it appears Zoom court is here to stay.