Judicial Biographies

Superior Court Judges
Maricopa County Superior Court judges Judges are appointed through a merit process. Judicial candidates are selected for their legal ability and professional and personal achievements rather than their mastery of political campaigns.

Applicants for judicial appointment are screened by the Commission on Trial Court Appointments, a non-partisan committee. The Commission reviews all applications, interviews candidates and selects finalists whose names are forwarded to the Governor. The Governor reviews the applications, interviews each finalist and appoints one of them to the bench.

Superior Court judges in Maricopa County remain in office by the approval of voters in retention elections. There are no opponents in these elections. Voters cast a "yes" vote to retain a judge in office. A "no" vote would remove the judge from office. Every two years each judge undergoes a public review process, including a survey of the judges ability by lawyers, litigants, jurors and staff. Judges face a retention election every four years.

Judicial Officer Assignments: Judges Post-Rotation July 01, 2014

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 PADILLA, Jose   Family 602.372.0901  Northwest Regional Center-B    
 PALMER, David   Juvenile 602.372.3980  Southeast Juvenile-1093 8  View 
 PINEDA, Susanna   Juvenile 602.372.2958  Durango Facility-2245  View 
 POLK, Jay   Family Court 602.372.0879  Northeast Court-D  View 
 PORTER, Gerald   Family 602.506.4569  Northeast Court-K    
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