population threshold to determine which
counties fall under the merit selection system from 250,000 to 500,000. It would
affect Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties.
Presently, neither resolution has been
scheduled for hearing.
The board voted to oppose HCR 2026:
Judges; Merit Selection; Population.
Ms. Day reported that the Law School
for Legislators Program was held
Thursday, Jan. 6, and was very successful.
Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor was the
keynote luncheon speaker. Ms. Day
reported that she has had a number of
legislators request additional training.
Ms. Day further reported on the Elder
Law and Mental Health Legislative
Subcommittee request brought to the
board regarding A.R.S. §§ 14-5312.01,
14-5312.02 and 36-3284. The amendments would change the language regarding admission for inpatient evaluation and
the apprehension and transportation by
peace officers. The subcommittee worked
closely with the Pima County Attorney’s
Office and other stakeholders, and Amelia
Craig Cramer supported the changes on
behalf of her office.
The Board voted to support the revisions to A.R.S. §§ 14 and 36.
Ms. Day reported that the Elder Law
and Mental Health Section were seeking
the board’s support on a piece of legislation that was to be introduced by the
Arizona Psychiatric Association. The legislation would revise the definition of
“examination” under A.R.S. § 36-501( 14)
and make revisions to A.R.S. §§ 36-533
and 36-539, which would clarify what is
to be done by evaluating physicians.
Motion to support the amendments to
A.R.S. §§ 36-501( 14), 36-533 and 36-
539 was approved.
Lastly, Ms. Day reported that legislation
was recently introduced in the Senate that
would continue the State Capitol Post
Conviction Public Defenders’ Office. The
office is subject to sunset this year and a
five-year continuation bill would extend
the service of the office. The board
approved supporting the legislation.
3 Fee Waivers—The board agreed to bring
back the review of the history of fee
waivers and the previous draft policy that
was created last year for board consideration.
3 E-Voting—Carrie Sherman, Director of
Board Operations, summarized the proposal to handle the 2011 Board elections
;e Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of an
additional full-time United States Magistrate Judge position for the District of Arizona
at Phoenix, Arizona.
;e duties of the position are demanding and wide-ranging and will include:
( 1) Conduct most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases;
( 2) Trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases;
( 3) Conduct various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation
from the judges of the district court; and
( 4) Trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.
;e basic jurisdiction of the United States Magistrate Judge is specified in 28 U.S.C. §
636. To be qualified for appointment an applicant must:
( 1) Be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar
of the highest court of a state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern
Mariana Islands, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been
engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least 5 years (with some
( 2) Be competent to perform all the duties of the office; be of good moral
character; be emotionally stable and mature; be committed to equal justice
under the law; be in good health; be patient and courteous; and be capable
of deliberation and decisiveness;
( 3) Be less than seventy years old; and
( 4) Not be related to a judge of the district court.
A Merit Selection Panel composed of attorneys and other members of the community will review applicants and recommend to the judges of the district court in
confidence the five persons whom it considers best qualified. ;e court will make
the appointment, following a FBI full-field investigation and IRS tax check of the
nominee. ;e current annual salary of the position is $160,080.00. ;e term of
office is 8 years. Application forms and further information on the magistrate judge
position may be obtained from the court’s website at www.azd.uscourts.gov, or by
Richard H. Weare
District Court Executive/Clerk of Court
Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse
401 W. Washington, Suite 130
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Applications must be received by the Clerk’s Office no later than April 30, 2011. All
applications will be kept confidential, unless the applicant consents to disclosure, and
all applications will be examined only by members of the Merit Selection Panel and the
judges of the district court. ;e panel’s deliberations will remain confidential.