Earlier this month, in an unusually enthusiastic announcement, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office announced that it was moving on up to nicer environs. On Friday, the Attorney General’s Office warned residents to expect a slow-down in operations as a result of the move.
An email dated November 10, 2017, from the Attorney General’s Office advised:
The Attorney General’s Office is currently moving to a new building beginning November 14, 2017. The Office of Victim Services anticipates a slow-down in operations, with extremely limited access to the computer network and files, between Friday, November 10th and Monday, November 27th. We will respond to emails as we are able but ask for your patience during this transitional period.
Criminal Division staff and advocates will still be covering court and be in communication regarding cases. Please be assured that your case will remain open and you will receive notification of significant activity as we have continually provided but that there could be some delay in return emails or phone calls, or in the sending of written case notification.
If you have an urgent question or concern that cannot wait, please call the main number at 602-542-4911, option 3, and your call will be transferred to our office in Tucson. An advocate there will try to assist you.
Few expect to see any real difference in service as the Attorney General’s Office under the leadership of Mark Brnovich has earned a reputation as unresponsive and in general disarray.
Brnovich should be back in time for the move. Currently he is attending the UCLA Center for Middle East Development’s (CMED) 12th Annual Conference, Enriching the Middle East’s Economic Future, in Doha, Qatar.
From the CMED website:
The annual conference, held under the auspices of the Foreign Ministry of the State of Qatar, has grown into an internationally recognized forum for government officials, active business and financial practitioners, and politicians and academics dealing with current economic, financial, political, and diplomatic issues. Experts bring their perspectives to pressing global policy issues, while simultaneously conducting private business and interchange. Last year, participants from 64 countries attended.
The conference has been addressed by several distinguished keynote speakers and attendees, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, former Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa, former U.S. Mideast envoy Senator George Mitchell, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman.
This is an invitation-only event. If you would like to attend or wish to nominate a colleague, please email cmed-doha [at] international.ucla.edu for more information.
Brnovich was scheduled to present on The Role of Attorneys General in America: Making the System Work, with former Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Joe Sciarrotta. Sciarrotta resigned from the bench in 2016 to “spend more time with his family. He was appointed to the bench by Governor Jan Brewer. Prior to the appointment, he served as Brewer’s chief legal counsel. He served on the Superior Court bench for a little over a year.
Former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch (D) served as the moderator. Lynch is best known for his pro-gun control efforts while serving as the AG, and his questionable lobbying practices since leaving office.