Superior Court in Pinal County Commissioner - Registry
The Superior Court in Pinal County
May 1, 2018
Contract - Experienced
The Superior Court Commissioner is a full-time position. The person selected for this position, upon nomination of the Pinal County Nominating Committee for Commissioners shall be selected by and shall serve at the pleasure of the Presiding Judge of Superior Court.
The Superior Court Commissioner shall have duties and powers pursuant to Article 6, section 24 of the Arizona Constitution, A.R.S. § 12-213 and A.R.S. § 12-298. A Superior Court Commissioner shall handle such matters as the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court may assign. The incumbent may be utilized for any matter or calendar of the Superior Court as assigned by the Presiding Judge and/or Bench Judge. Additionally, the Presiding Judge may request of the Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Arizona to designate the appointed Commissioner as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore, without additional compensation, but with such additional authority as provided by law. The typical work hours shall coincide with the regular hours that the Superior Court is in session, but weekend, evening and rotating holiday coverage shall be reserved at the discretion of the Presiding Judge.
Please note, there are no current vacancies, the purpose of the recruitment is to establish a qualified registry.
The person appointed to this position must also be able to qualify for appointment as a Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore, a resident of Arizona for a least five (5) years next preceding appointment, pursuant to Art. 6, sec. 22; Arizona Constitution and a resident of the county in which appointed.
The Superior Court Commissioner shall be appointed for a period of time not to exceed twelve (12) months and may be reappointed for successive twelve (12) month terms. The Commissioner shall be subject to periodic Judicial Performance Review.
The following includes some of the necessary requirements:
• At least thirty (30) years of age • Good moral character • Excellent organizational, analytical, human relations and communication skills are required • Have a broad general background in all phases of law as other duties may require assignment and coverage of any calendar of the Superior Court • Must not have any disciplinary matters pending before the State Bar Disciplinary Board or be under any current sanction • Must not have any criminal charges pending before any court or be serving any supervised or unsupervised probationary term • Must complete annual training as required by the Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET) • Admitted to practice law in Arizona for a least five (5) years next preceding appointment • Must be a current member in good standing of the Arizona Bar Association
Additional Salary Information: Pursuant to A.R.S. § 12-213(B), the person appointed to this position may be compensated at the rate of 80% of the salary of a Superior Court Judge, or $121,896.00 per annum but compensation may not exceed 90% of the salary of a Superior Court Judge.
About The Superior Court in Pinal County
The Superior Court of Arizona in Pinal County is part of the state's only general jurisdiction court. The Superior Court may hear and decide a large variety of cases of almost any type except small claims, minor offenses, and violations of city codes and ordinances. Generally, there are two categories of cases heard in Superior Court: criminal and civil. Criminal cases involve a person or entity charged with committing, attempting to commit or engaging in an activity prohibited by law and defined as a crime. Civil cases include all court cases not defined as criminal. They include such matters as disputes between citizens involved in contractual agreements and tort liability, probate matters, divorces, etc. A verbatim record is kept on all proceedings held in the Superior Court.
The Superior Court has original jurisdiction of cases and proceedings in which exclusive jurisdiction is not vested by law in another court. The Superior Court is empowered to hear cases of equity and law involving title to or possession of real property, or the legality of any tax, impost, assessment, toll, or a municipal ordinance; civil claims of $5,000 or more; felony prosecutions and misdemeanors no...t otherwise provided for by law; forcible entry and detainer actions; proceedings in insolvency; actions to prevent or abate nuisance; matters of probate; divorce and annulment of marriage; naturalization and the issuance of papers therefore; and special cases and proceedings not otherwise provided for by law. Additionally, the Superior Court is authorized to act as an appellate court, hearing appeals from decisions made in Justice of the Peace and Municipal Courts.
The Superior Court has exclusive original jurisdiction in all proceedings and matters affecting dependent, neglected, incorrigible, and delinquent children under eighteen years old. Through its probation departments, the Superior Court is responsible for supervising adults and juveniles on probation.
Currently, there are nine divisions (plus an additional pro tem division) of the Superior Court in Pinal County under the administrative supervision of the Presiding Judge who is appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Superior Court in Pinal County has an Administrative Director who assists the Presiding Judge in carrying out administrative duties, such as budget preparation; coordinating the administrative and management activities of the court, its departments and entities; directing the non-judicial activities of the court; and coordinating with the Clerk of the Court to accomplish the prompt and orderly disposition of the court's business.