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Arizona Superior Court in Pima County

Superior Court Accepting Applications for Hearing Officer Position


Applications Due October 1, 2021, for Superior Court Hearing Officer Position

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 by Superior Court

Presiding Judge Jeffrey T. Bergin announces that the Superior Court is accepting applications for a new Hearing Officer position to address the expanding needs of family law services. 

 The hearing officer will work as a judicial officer, interpreting and applying local and state laws while conducting court proceedings, primarily considering and ruling upon petitions for protective orders.

The hearing officer may also conduct court proceedings in various family law, civil and criminal matters and perform other duties as assigned by the Superior Court presiding judge. They may also be appointed a Judge Pro Tempore without additional compensation.

Hearing officers serve at the pleasure of the presiding judge, report to the associate presiding judge, and receive a current annual salary of $104,567. (Hearing officers are to be paid at seventy (70) percent of the statutory salary of a Superior Court judge.)

Duties MAY include, but are not limited to, the following:

·  Receive evidence, make findings and enter orders of protection and injunctions against harassment.
·  Conduct hearings and related proceedings in family law, criminal, or civil matters, on an ad hoc basis.
·  Hear testimony, rule on motions and relevancy of evidence; analyze evidence and data presented in court and apply existing law in the rendering of fair and equitable judgments.
·  Use considerable initiative, independent judgment, and objectivity when hearing and evaluating      evidence  presented, questioning witnesses, and making decisions.
·  Apply law and precedent to facts and rules; impose fines or sanctions, and review complaints alleging violations.
·  Conduct civil matters, including the issuance of default judgments, and initiate action to collect ordered but unpaid fines on an ad hoc basis.
·  Issue subpoenas, administer oaths and instruct parties as to their rights as needed.
·  Complete and sign various legal forms, including but not limited to fee waiver and deferral                applications.
·  Assist in the development of procedures and methods of operation.

A Superior Court Hearing Officer shall have a Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school and be at least 30 years of age, of good moral character, admitted to the practice of law in this state for not less than five years preceding the appointment, a resident of the state for not less than five years preceding the appointment, and a member in good standing with the State Bar of Arizona.  

SPECIAL NOTICE: The person occupying this position shall not practice law in Arizona’s Superior Courts, Justice Courts, or Municipal Courts and will be subject to the Code of Judicial Conduct, Supreme Court Rule 81. 

Please submit your resume with the Application.  Applications are available at the reception desk on the 9th floor of the superior courthouse. Applications may also be requested by e-mailing [email protected] (cc: [email protected]); or downloaded from the court’s website at Officer

IMPORTANT: Submissions are due no later than Friday, October 1, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. by mail at Superior Court in Pima County, Attn: Human Resources, 110 W Congress, 9th floor, Tucson, AZ  85701; e-mailed to [email protected] (cc: [email protected]) or faxed to (520) 724-4253.

All applications will be provided to the Hon. Danelle Liwski, Chair of the Merit Selection Committee. The Committee will review the applications, interview selected applicants, and recommend candidates to the Presiding Judge, 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 applications filed for this vacancy as an application for any additional similar vacancy or vacancies that become known to the Committee after submission. 

Please contact Irja Saar at [email protected] or at (520) 724-3837 with questions.

Supervisor, Human Resources
Arizona Superior Court in Pima County

(520) 724-3837

110 W. Congress, 9th Fl
Tucson, AZ 85701

[email protected]