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judges, Goldwater Institute, retention, voters, ballots
Sep 6, 2023

Goldwater Institute files petition seeking to allow all state voters to consider judges’ retention

The Goldwater Institute filed a special action petition seeking to allow all Arizona voters to weigh in on retention for Arizona Court of Appeals judges, not just those in their jurisdiction, and alleges the current residency-based retention system sows voter disenfranchisement and violates the Arizona Constitution.  

DCS, removal, judges, flaw,
Aug 21, 2023

State discovers flaw in DCS system used to determine children’s removal from homes

State officials have discovered that a flaw in a system used by the Department of Child Safety that has let judges make decisions on removing children from homes without having all the information that they needed.

Lake, judges, courts, election litigation, retention
Jun 8, 2023

Politics, election denial encroaching on judiciary

Judges in Maricopa and Pima counties don’t want to run retention campaigns. But as political polarization and election denial draw closer to the judiciary, they may have to.

judges, JPR, judicial review
Apr 14, 2023

Taskforce proposes changes to evaluating judges

The Judicial Performance Review taskforce released its recommendations on changes to the evaluation process for the judges and justices subject to retention elections.

election, judges, retention, voters, ballots, Stephen M. Hopkins, Rusty Crandell, Benjamin Norris,Judge Howard Sukenic, Maricopa County Superior Court
Apr 12, 2023

Taskforce makes recommendations on changes to evaluation process for judges

The Judicial Performance Review taskforce released its recommendations on changes to the evaluation process for the judges and justices subject to retention elections.

Kern, Senate, Ortiz, Kolodin, attorneys, judges
Mar 15, 2023

Kern’s bill would target judges who sanction attorneys

A Glendale state senator who calls reports of a riot on Jan. 6, 2021, "a sham'' is now going after judges who sanction attorneys for filing what he believes are "good faith'' claims on behalf of clients.

home addresses, lawmakers, Mendez, Salman, Department of Transportation, Shope, Wadsack, Farnsworth, Senate
Feb 1, 2023

Senate committee approves measure prohibiting public from accessing lawmakers’ addresses

State lawmakers voted Wednesday to make it a lot harder to find out where they live. But they said that threats they face make the move necessary.

election, judges, retention, voters, ballots, Stephen M. Hopkins, Rusty Crandell, Benjamin Norris,Judge Howard Sukenic, Maricopa County Superior Court
Nov 8, 2022

Early election results show voters reject three judges’ bids for retention

Initial results reveal voters rejected three judges’ bids for retention in the Maricopa County Superior Court.

judges, election, Ward, phone records
Oct 7, 2022

Panel finds judge unfit for the bench

The state commission that vets the performance of judges has found one judge they say isn’t fit for the bench. 

Sep 18, 2020

Long list of judges can tax a voter’s attention

Mail-in voting has a little known advocate in Arizona — and for this group, it’s about giving voters time to finish the ballot. With nearly 80 judges up for retention, and as many as 40 in Maricopa County alone, the state commission tasked with evaluating all of them hopes their findings won’t be skipped or overlooked.

Apr 24, 2020

Ducey reaches milestone in picks to the bench

Gov. Doug Ducey has set the record for the most court picks in Arizona history after appointing four people to the bench on April 24.

Feb 13, 2019

Bill proposes municipal judges face retention election

Saying magistrates can be squeezed politically, a House panel voted Wednesday to all but strip city councils of their ability to fire them.