James (Jim) Scorza is currently serving as a Senior Special Projects Consultant for the Arizona State Supreme Court’s Administrative Office of the Courts, assisting with the design and development of a new statewide automated case and financial management application for limited jurisdiction courts. Prior to serving in this capacity, Jim was the Executive Court Administrator for Phoenix Municipal Court for 24 years, retiring in October 2008. Jim is also an active member of the State Bar of Arizona and served as a prosecuting attorney with the Phoenix City Prosecutor’s Office for eight years prior to becoming a court administrator.
As the court administrator for Phoenix Municipal Court, Jim introduced case management and performance standards to the Court. In fact, a new calendaring system that he introduced in 1985 allowed the Court to eliminate its two-year backlog in DUI cases, with the added benefit of reducing police overtime by $1.2 million during its first year of implementation. These new standards also provided the objective criteria essential in acquiring budgetary support for newly funded courtroom resources over the years. Similarly, Jim established performance indicators for all significant non-courtroom-related business system processes to allow supervisors and staff to focus on improving court performance.
While serving as court administrator, Jim was instrumental in consolidating the Court into a single facility to improve efficiencies and customer service, first to its temporary location at the Phoenix Union High School, and later into its new award-winning Court facility in 1999.
In addition to the overall management of the court’s business system operations, Jim played a key role in helping to guide the court through the successful development and implementation of its new automated case management system.
In September 2001, Jim was temporarily assigned to Glendale Municipal Court on behalf of the state Supreme Court after the Supreme Court assumed administrative control of that court due to ongoing operational concerns. During his assignment there, Jim was able to substantially restructure the court, changing existing business systems, personnel classifications, reporting relationships and staffing levels; thereby improving accountability, substantially increasing efficiencies as well as improving collection of outstanding receivables.
In 2004, in recognition of Jim’s extensive efforts to improve the administration of Justice, the state Supreme Court awarded him the “Distinguished Service Award – for Outstanding Achievement in Improving Public Trust and Confidence in the Arizona Court System.” Jim holds BA and JD degrees from Arizona State University.