Arizona Judicial Branch

Meet the Council

The Council is composed of the following members: the chief justice of the Supreme Court; the chief judges of the Court of Appeals; the presiding judges of Maricopa and Pima counties; the president of the State Bar of Arizona or designee; the administrative director of the courts; two presiding judges of the superior court from non-metropolitan counties, a justice of the peace, a city magistrate, and public members, all appointed by the Chief Justice; and such other members as may be appointed at the discretion of the Chief Justice.

chief justice balesChief Justice 
Mr. Scott Bales
Supreme Court
Admin Director Dave ByersAOC Director
Mr. David Byers
Supreme Court

Chief Judge
Mr. Sam Thumma
Judge EckerstromChief Judge
Mr. Peter Eckerstrom
Judge Bryson
Presiding Judge
Mr. Kyle Bryson
Pima County

Judge Barton
Presiding Judge
Ms. Janet Barton
Maricopa County Superior Court

Judge Gurtler Presiding Judge
Mr. Charles Gurtler
Mohave County Superior Court

Judge StaufferPresiding Judge
Ms. Monica Stauffer
Greenlee County
Superior Court
Judge DominguezPresiding Judge
Mr. Louis Dominguez
Surprise City Court

Judge CarrilloJustice of the Peace
Ms. Rachel Carrillo
West McDowell Justice Court 

Presiding Justice of the Peace
Ms. Dorothy Little
Payson Regional Courts

Mr. Alex Vakula
State Bar of Arizona

Clerk JeanesClerk of Court
Mr. Michael Jeanes
Maricopa County Superior Court

Mr. Gary KrcmarikCourt Administrator
Mr. Gary Krcmarik
Coconino County Superior Court

Judge Mackey
Presiding Judge
Mr. David Mackey
Yavapai County Superior Court

 Judge Rojos
Presiding Judge
Mr. Antonio
Riojas Jr.
Tucson Municipal Court
 mr. Mike Hellon
Public Member
Mr. Mike Hellon
 Mr. Victor Flores
Public Member
Mr. Victor Flores
 Mr. Tony Penn
Public Member
Mr. Tony Penn
 Ms. Athia Hardt
Public Member
Ms. Athia Hardt
Mr. George Weisz Public Member
Mr. George Weisz

 Public Member
Ms. Lisa Urias

 Public Member
Mr. Ken Bennett

 Public Member
Ms. Lea Márquez-Peterson
 Mike Baumstark
AJC Staff
Deputy Director
Mr. Mike Baumstark
 Ms. Lorraine Smith
AJC Staff
Ms. Lorraine Smith

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