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Arizona Superior Court in Pima County

Applications Being Accepted for Two Superior Court Commissioner Positions by May 12, 2023


Applicants Sought for Commissioner Positions

Monday, April 24, 2023 by Arizona Superior Court in Pima County

Presiding Judge Jeffrey T. Bergin and Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Peter W. Hochuli announce that a joint Merit Selection Committee of the Superior Court and its Juvenile Court are accepting applications for two full-time Commissioner positions. The positions will become open upon the retirement of Hon. Deborah Pratte and the appointment of Hon. Randi Burnett to the Superior Court bench.

The duties of this position include serving as a judicial officer in areas including family law, child support, child welfare, juvenile delinquency, probate, guardianship and conservancy, mental health proceedings under Title 36 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, and any other areas as the Presiding Judges may require. The judicial officer may also be appointed as judge pro tem for no additional compensation. The person selected for the position should expect to be rotated between Superior Court and Juvenile Court at the discretion of the presiding judges. This position operates under the legal authority granted in ARS §12-213 and A.R.S. §8-231 and serves at the pleasure of the Presiding Judge. The current annual salary is $148,230.

A commissioner of the superior court shall:

• Be admitted to the practice of law in and a resident of this state for five years next preceding taking office.

• A United States citizen and a resident of the county in which appointed.

• Reside at the county seat or at such other city or town within the jurisdiction of the judge making the appointment as may be designated by the judge.

In addition, the Arizona Superior Court in Pima County has the following requirements:

• Must not have any disciplinary matters pending before the State Bar Disciplinary Board. Must not have any criminal charges pending before any court.

• Must have substantial courtroom experience. While family law, juvenile law, and probate experience may be helpful, it is not required to be a successful candidate.

Please submit your resume with the Application. Applications are available from the Superior Court’s 9th floor reception desk; from Juvenile Court’s Information desk; or may be downloaded from the Court’s website at - see the “JOBS” section, then access the “Court Commissioner” posting.

Submissions must be tendered to the Superior Court’s Human Resources department at 110 W Congress, 9th floor, Tucson, AZ 85701; faxed to (520) 724-4253 OR e-mailed to [email protected] 

NO LATER THAN 12:00 PM, on Friday, May 12, 2023.

The applications will be submitted to the Hon. Danelle Liwski and the Hon. Peter Hochuli, co-chairpersons of the Merit Selection Committee. The Committee will review the applications on May 17, interview selected applicants on June 13, and recommend finalists to the Presiding Judge(s) and Associate Presiding Judge(s), who shall make the appointment. All applications will be a matter of public record. Questions may be directed to Human Resources: (520) 724-4217.

The Committee may, at its discretion, treat the applications filed for the vacancy that is the subject of the announcement as an application for any additional similar vacancy or vacancies that become known to the Committee after the application has been submitted.