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Arizona Superior Court in Pima County

Superior Court Hearing Officer Applications Due by Noon on June 26, 2023


Presiding Judge Announces Hearing Officer Opening

Tuesday, June 13, 2023 by Arizona Superior Court in Pima County

Presiding Judge Jeffrey T. Bergin announces that a Merit Selection Committee for the Superior Court is accepting applications for the upcoming Hearing Officer vacancy due to the retirement of Hon. Lee Ann Roads. This position will assist with civil, criminal, and family law cases.

Hearing Officers are judicial officers involved in interpreting and applying local and state laws while conducting a variety of court proceedings in family law, civil, and criminal matters within the jurisdiction of the Superior Court. They also perform other duties as assigned by the Presiding Judge and may be appointed as a Judge Pro Tempore without additional compensation, serving at the pleasure of the Presiding Judge and reporting to the Associate Presiding Judge. The current annual salary is $115,290 (Hearing Officers are paid at seventy (70) percent of the statutory salary of a Superior Court Judge).

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

  • • Receives evidence, makes findings, and enters orders of protections and injunctions against harassment.
    • Conducts hearings and related proceedings in family law, criminal, or civil matters, on an ad hoc basis.
    • Hears testimony, rules on motions and relevancy of evidence, analyzes evidence and data presented in court, and applies existing law in the rendering of fair and equitable judgments.
    • Uses considerable initiative, independent judgment, and objectivity when hearing and evaluating evidence presented, questioning witnesses, and making decisions.
    • Applies law and precedent to facts and rules; imposes fines or sanctions and reviews complaints alleging violations.
    • May conduct civil matters which include the issuance of default judgments, and initiates action to collect ordered, but unpaid, fines on an ad hoc basis.
    • May issue subpoenas, administer oaths, and instructs parties as to their rights.
    • Completes and signs various legal forms, including, but not limited to, fee waiver and deferral applications.
    • May assist in the development of procedures and methods of operation.

A Hearing Officer of the Superior Court 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 provisions of the code of judicial conduct pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 81.

Please submit your resume with an application, available at Superior Court's 9th floor reception desk. You may also request an application by e-mailing [email protected] or download one from the Court’s website at (see the JOBS link). Applications must be mailed to the Superior Court in Pima County, Human Resources, 110 W Congress, 9th floor, Tucson, AZ 85701; faxed to (520) 724-4253, OR e-mailed to [email protected]  (cc: [email protected])


All applications will be submitted 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 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.