U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) today applauded the passage of her bill in the U.S House of Representatives to make the judicial system more accessible to victims, witnesses, parties, and jurors in northern and southern Arizona.
“Arizonans shouldn’t have to travel long distances to access our judicial system,” said McSally. “Access to our judicial system shouldn’t discriminate based on where you live. I am glad to see the House pass my legislation and look forward to the Senate moving quickly to send it to the president’s desk. ”
Under current law, court can be held in Globe, Phoenix, Prescott and Tucson. Both Flagstaff and Yuma have federal courthouses, and substantial judicial and law-enforcement activity, mainly overseen by magistrate judges, takes place in both cities. Without the statutory authority this legislation provides, proceedings requiring district judges, including most criminal cases and trials, generally cannot be held in Yuma or Flagstaff. Currently, Arizonans living in and around Flagstaff and Yuma, including parties to cases, victims of crime, and jurors, must travel long distances for district court proceedings.
Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) introduced the House companion to McSally’s legislation, which every member of the Arizona delegation has joined.
On March 7, McSally introduced bipartisan legislation that would allow Arizona federal district court proceedings to be held in Flagstaff and Yuma.
Read full bill text HERE.