Supreme Court Justice Bolick contracted COVID-19 last month

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Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick contracted COVID-19 over the holidays, a court spokesman confirmed.

Aaron Nash, a spokesman for the Supreme Court, said Bolick went into quarantine after coming down with COVID-19 and has since recovered. Nash said he isn’t aware of any of the other six justices contracting the novel coronavirus.

The Supreme Court and Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One, are still meeting in person and are allowing parties and members of the public into the courtroom to the extent permitted by social distancing, Nash said, though justices and attorneys can also appear remotely. Justices are staggered on the bench and at floor level in front of the bench to allow for social distancing. 

Each justice has discretion over the work schedule for his or her own chamber. Nash said there are nearly 30 people working in those chambers, including assistants, clerks and the justices themselves, any of whom can work full or partial days remotely, and those schedules can change day by day. 

Bolick is one of the most prominent political figures in Arizona to contract COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year. Congressman Raul Grijalva has had the virus, as have at least seven state legislators, a list that includes Sens. Sonny Borrelli and Lupe Contreras, and Reps. Andrés Cano, Joanne Osborne, Lorenzo Sierra, Arlando Teller and Raquel Terán. Congresswoman Debbie Lesko has twice gone into isolation after being exposed to the virus.

Bolick is the husband of state Rep. Shawnna Bolick, R-Phoenix. A spokesman for the Republican caucus in the Arizona House of Representatives said she has not contracted COVID-19.

Jeremy Duda
Associate Editor Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”