Judicial Biographies

Superior Court Judges
Maricopa County Superior Court Judges Image 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.
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Judge Phone Location Protocol
SANDERS, Teresa A.
Civil
602.506.4791 East Court Building-811  
SINCLAIR, Joan
Criminal
602.372.4553 Central Court Building-9C/903 View
SMITH, James D.
Family
602.372.5945 Central Court Building-6F/605 View
STARR, Patricia
LCA
602.506.4164 Old Court House-309  
STEPHENS, Sherry K.
Civil
602.506.4818 East Court Building-712  
SUKENIC, Howard
Family
602.506.8214 Central Court Building-6A/601 View
SVOBODA, Pamela
Juvenile
602.372.1983 Durango Facility-2245/6  
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