Arizona Judicial Branch




Please join us in congratulating the 33 graduates of the most recent 2014 program, pictured above. 


Row 1: Norma A. Cruz, Charlsie Cordova, Maia Rodriguez, Charles O. Adeleye, Christi Weigand, Odette M. Apodaca, Kelly Gregorio; Row 2: Suzette Williams, Vonda Culp, Kim Faust, Regan Appelo, Kay L. Radwanski, Jennifer Wildeman, Mary Y. Navarro, Angela Maddox, Suzanne Bunnin, Michael Smith; Row 3: K. Kent Batty, Donna McQuality, Mary Jane Abril, Amy Champeau, Jill Siller, Karen Moorehead, Erika E. Scott, Faye White, Laura Ritenour, Alan Halliday, Paula A. Collins, George Smigelski; Not pictured: Farris Burke, LuAnn Garbini, Carolyn K. Kolia, Ann Neuman, Laura A. Spain


Arizona Court Manager (ACM) Background:


The Arizona Court Manager (ACM) program has its roots in the 2005 formation of the Arizona Court Leadership Institute (CLIA).  Incorporating Arizona-specific training into the existing National Center for State Courts Institute for Court Management (ICM) certification program set the stage for a truly “Arizona certified” court manager.  In 2008 a standard ICM curriculum was created in conjunction with six other states and the National Center for State Courts. 

Since 2010, 169 participants have graduated from the ACM program. 


Arizona Court Manager (ACM)



Second-level managers, senior supervisors or participants completing the Arizona Court Supervisor (ACS) program are eligible for enrollment in the Arizona Court Manager (ACM) program.  Participants must currently be a judicial branch employee. 



To apply for admission to the Arizona Court Manager (ACM) program complete an ACM program application form and submit it to (Choose the appropriate application below).


  • Court/Department ApplicationAdmission requires approval of one’s court or department head—typically the presiding judge, chief probation officer, juvenile court center director, clerk of the court or superior court administrator.

ACM Application


To register for the Arizona Court Manager series, fill out this application and submit.

 Court/Department Application.




  • AOC ApplicationAdmission requires approval from the AOC employee’s division director and the AOC Executive office Director or Deputy Director.


ACM Application

(AOC Staff)

To register for the Arizona Court Manager series, fill out this application and submit.
 AOC Staff Application




Class Enrollment:


Once admitted, participants can register online for leadership classes.  Registration opens two months prior to the class start date and is on a first come, first served basis; enrollment is limited.  Events are posted periodically as available, therefore participants are encouraged to visit the calendar frequently to be advised of new training opportunities, or contact for assistance.


Program Requisite:


Participants must:

  • Complete the entire ACM program within seven years of their enrollment date. Once the 7-year term has expired, ACM classes older than 7 years will expire requiring the individual to retake the class for ACM credit, and repay the $50.00 ICM fee if ICM credit is desired.
  • Complete a minimum of one class each 12 months following admittance into the ACM program, to remain active in the program.   Inactive participants will be removed from the ACM program 12 months following written notification of inactivity.   If this occurs, the individual must reapply to continue coursework. 



Courses consist of six National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Institute for Court Management (ICM) courses and three Arizona-specific AZ PLUS courses. 


Program Cost:

There is no cost to attend classes, however travel and per diem are the responsibility of each individual and their court. Classes are held at the Judicial Education Center, in Phoenix.

  • Certified Court Manager Certification: Participants who want the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) ICM Certified Court Manager (CCM) certificate pay a $50 per class fee to the NCSC.   Fees can be paid by check, credit card or purchase requisition. Click here for the ICM Payment Authorization form.