Flagstaff session of Arizona Supreme Court open to public

Arizona Supreme Court

The Arizona Supreme Court will visit Flagstaff’s High Country Conference Center on Tuesday, April 1, to hear a case and hold a Q&A session.

While local high school teachers and students are being invited to attend, the event—being held in the Peaks and Humphreys ballrooms, with overflow seating in the Rees meeting room—is open to the community.

Oral arguments are scheduled to begin at 11:05 a.m., with the Q&A session set for 11:55 and lasting 25 minutes. Because all attendees must go through a security screening, court officials strongly suggest arriving by 10 a.m.

“This visit is consistent with the court’s mission to go into the community,” said Heather Murphy, the court’s director of communications. “Outreach is very important for the justices.”

Murphy said the justices have responded to a wide variety of questions during visits to other off-site locations, although they cannot answer questions about the case being heard or any other pending cases before the court.

Backpacks and large satchels are not permitted, and all attendees must go through a metal detector. In addition, all cell phones must be off while the court is in session, and audience members are urged to remain seated for the duration of the event.

The case to be argued is State of Arizona v. Martin D. Salazar-Mercado, which involves the topic of sexual abuse of minors.