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.

Judicial Officer Assignments: Judges June/July, 2015

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Judge Phone Location Protocol
SANDERS, Teresa A.
Criminal
602.506.4791 South Court Tower-13111 View
SCIARROTTA JR., Joseph
Family Court
602.372.4762 Southeast Facility-4C/403  
SINCLAIR, Joan
Criminal
602.372.4553 Central Court Building-9C/903 View
SMITH, James D.
Family
602.372.5945 Southeast Facility-SEF4D/404 View
STARR, Patricia
Civil
602.506.4164 East Court Building-412  
STEINLE, III, Roland J.
Criminal
602.506.7893 Central Court Building-13A View
STEPHENS, Sherry K.
Criminal
602.506.4818 South Court Tower-13105  
SVOBODA, Pamela
Family
602.372.1983 Central Court Building-7B/702  
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