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Arizona Supreme Court Lifts Change of Judge Suspension and Issues Other COVID Related Orders

Posted by Dev Sethi | Nov 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Arizona Supreme Court issued its latest in a series of Orders governing judicial proceedings impacted by COVID 19. On November 10, 2021, Chief Justice Robert Brutinel signed Administrative Order 2021-072. This new order replaces Order 2021-109.

In it, the Supreme Court continues to empower local presiding judges to adopt or suspend any local rule as needed to address the current public health emergency in cooperation with local public health officials. But notably, the Court lifts the year old suspension of rules that allow for a change of judge as a matter of right. There are some limitations - the prohibition on asking for a change of judge remains in place in counties with fewer than three regular Superior Court judges (Apache, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, and Santa Cruz), and in other municipal/justice courts where there are inadequate judicial resources.

In all other counties, however, including Cochise, Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal Counties, the suspension of the rules allowing for change of judge as a matter of right is lifted.

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Dev Sethi litigates and tries a wide-range of complex injury and death cases throughout Arizona. He has Martindale Hubbell's highest rating, AV, and he is listed in "Best Lawyers." Dev is also recognized as an Arizona Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's products liability litigation.Dev has been at the forefront of auto product defect litigation. He played a key role in uncovering the Goodyear Load Range E tire scandal and worked to hold Ford Motor Company responsible for the danger posed by their now notorious 15-passenger vans. Dev is currently representing families in product liability suits against the nation's largest corporations including General Motors, Ford, Pentair Pools and Invacare.

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