Charles E. Jones
Retired Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court
What does a retired Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court do with his time?
Well, Justice Charles Jones has led the planning of a once in a lifetime statewide centennial celebration, served as the probable cause panelist for one of the state’s most high profile discipline cases, and relocating to New York to represent his church to forward humanitarian efforts at the United Nations, to name just a few.
Since his retirement from the Court in 2005, Justice Jones has worked on arbitration and consultation, assisting the Court with independent projects. He was also appointed by current Chief Justice Rebecca Berch as the probable cause panelist for the Andrew Thomas discipline hearings, one of Arizona’s most high profile discipline cases to date, and he most recently planned Arizona’s 100th birthday.
After years of planning, Arizonans celebrated the 100th birthday of this state in February. As co-chair of the Arizona Centennial Commission (ACC) Justice Jones, continues to make positives contributions to a state that he loves.
Justice Jones, 76, says the work of the Commission on the centennial project lasted nearly four years and became a daily project for the past several months. Included in the planning was bringing the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, one of the oldest and largest choirs in the world to US Airways as part of the celebration. It had been the first time in 40 years the Choir visited Arizona.
In addition to planning the centennial, Justice Jones and his wife Ann are relocating to New York State to represent the Mormon Church at the United Nations. They will represent the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on various initiatives, including religious liberty matters, humanitarian efforts, and family strengthening projects.
Justice Jones work with the church has been a lifelong effort on his part. Even before becoming a judge and a community volunteer after retirement, Justice Jones held many positions in the Mormon Church, including bishop and stake president.
In the 1950’s, he served on missions in Switzerland, Belgium, and France. From 1990 – 1993 he was President of the France Paris Mission. Being fluent in French, Justice Jones was also Avocat du Consulat – General de France (Lawyer of the Consulate General of France).
Justice Jones was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 1996 and became Chief Justice in 2002. He received his BA from Brigham Young University and his law degree from Stanford University. When he was first admitted to the State Bar of California he served as law clerk to the Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, during the 1962-63 terms.
He and Ann are the proud parents of seven children. With two of the seven children living on the East Coast, Justice Jones says he and his wife, are looking forward living in New York and spending time with them.
Other Positions and Accomplishments:
• First recipient of the University of Arizona’s Feuerstein Award for Ethics in the Law of Industrial
• Past director of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) of the National Center for State Courts
• Past director of the Federal/State Jurisdiction Committee of the Judicial Conference of the
• Past board member of the Brigham Young University Law School Board of Visitors
• Past board member of the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of Arizona