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Arizona Justice of the Peace Association

 Our Mission Statement:

The Arizona Justice of the Peace Association, for the benefit of its members and the Judicial Branch of Government, seeks the constant improvement and growth of its members through education and fellowship.  The association promotes the highest standards of professionalism while protecting the interest and independence of Justice of the Peace Courts in Arizona.  It is our responsibility to live up to the charge we have been given.  Together, we pledge our solidarity to protect Arizona Courts, to strengthen that which we have been given and to magnify the well regarded reputation of ourselves and others at all times.” 

 "H I S T O R Y"
ARIZONA JUSTICE OF THE PEACE AND CONSTABLE ASSOCIATION It was in the 1940's when the Justices of the Peace and Constables in Arizona met and formed a group and called themselves "ARIZONA JUSTICE OF THE PEACE AND CONSTABLE ASSOCIATION."  By the early 1990's, the Association had become very strong not only monetarily but had gained strength in lobbying judicial issues with their state legislators.  It was then ruled by the Arizona Supreme Court that there needed to be a separation of powers and that the Justices of the Peace and Constables could no longer co-mingle as an association.  Consequently, the association separated immediately dividing the association funds.
The Justices of the Peace quickly formed a new association, named "ARIZONA JUSTICE COURTS ASSOCIATION."  This association established an open policy whereas anybody with the courts could be a member.  This association lasted approximately two years when its members realized that court employee issues were different in all the classifications and terminated this association.
ARIZONA JUSTICE OF THE PEACE ASSOCIATION  In 1996 a new organization was formed called "ARIZONA JUSTICE OF THE PEACE ASSOCIATION."  Membership was limited to Justices of the Peace currently in office.  Hon. Sherry Geisler was the first president  and the key figure in forming this association and keeping it going.  Other than  the bylaw changes in 2004 adding Magistrates and Protems and making officially retired justices honorary members, the association is as it stands today.


2019 Annual JP Conference - Prescott, AZ

September 3, 4, 5 & 6, 2019

Justices of the Peace, Pro Tem Judges, Magistrates & Clerks.

It its time to make plans for the JP Conference 2019. 

Conference Registration is now open!!

Click this link for the Conference Registration Form!!

We will be staying at The PRESCOTT RESORT, 1500State Route 69, Prescott, AZ. 

There is a room block already set up for you. There are 100 rooms in the hotel and we will have a deadline to book them. Due to the early morning startup of the conference on Wednesday, for those of you traveling a good distance, the hotel will let you reserve your rooms for up to (3) days prior to the conference and (2) days after.

The DEADLINE for room Reservation is August 3, 2019.   


PRESCOTT RESORT:  1-888-657-7855   (call for reservations ask for the room block)

RATES:  $72.00 each SINGLE, DOUBLE OR TRIPLE +12.6% Privilege

Check in time at the hotel is 3 PM and Late check out time is 12 NOON.

NO BREAKFAST VOUCHER THIS YEAR.  Breakfast will be on your own.


Any rooms left after the deadline of August 3rd, the hotel will release to the public and you will need to make other arrangements.

Back by popular demand:

SPECIAL THURSDAY NIGHT CLASS – MOVIE NIGHT which includes Hot Dogs – Hamburgers  - Potato Salad and Popcorn 

(Food Selection will be required in advance)

Spouses are welcome to attend Movie Night for a charge of $20.00 pre-paid.   

The Arizona Magistrates Association will also be holding its meeting with the conference.


Please print this out so you have all the date and phone information to make your reservations.   

2019 Conference Schedule

Please note: Class Materials will not be printed this year. They are available as links which you may download to your device. Links are available below the class description on this page. Additionally, for the link to presenter Bio's, click here. 

TUESDAY, 9/3/19

3-6 p.m.                      Registration

5-7 p.m.                      President’s Reception

WEDNESDAY, 9/4/19  

9-9:30 a.m.                Opening/Presentation of Colors/Awards &                                     Announcements

9:30-10:30 a.m.         The Road Ahead: Chief Justice Robert Brutinel (Plenary                                     Session)

10:30-10:45 a.m.      BREAK

10:45 a.m.-Noon      Working Smarter Together: Practical tips on team-                                            building and communication within and across our                                     jurisdictions and communities. (Plenary Session)

Noon – 1 p.m.           Lunch

1-2 p.m.                      Hot Topics for Judges: A panel discussion regarding                                     current events that affect our justices of the peace and                                     magistrates, from elections and retentions to                                     consolidation, the closing of courts, specialty courts, and                                     the question as to whether or not justices can hear                                     cases from other jurisdictions.

                                    Performance Reviews: This session will focus on the                                     purpose and fundamentals of an Employee                                     Performance Management System, and participants will                                     be encouraged to compare their current system to                                     those fundamentals. Participants will learn the process                                     of aligning the individual performance goals with                                     organizational objectives.  Further discussions will                                      include the rater biases that unintentionally creep into                                     Employee Performance Management reviews, which                                     can cause legal concerns. Finally, there will be an open                                     discussion on the usefulness of annual performance                                     evaluations, and potential alternatives.


                                    When the Public Comes Calling: How do we handle                                     records requests? What needs to be redacted? What can                                     be shared, and what can’t? What are best practices to                                     ensure efficiency, accuracy, and compliance?   

2-2:15 p.m.                BREAK

2:15-3:15 p.m.           Time Standards: Different standards are used for small                                     claims filings in Maricopa and Pima counties, and in                                     rural courts. Why, and how do we handle it? We’ll also                                     get a report on a new DUI committee’s study relating to                                     time standards.

                                    How to Comply with the AOC?: We want to keep                                     everyone happy, so what are the best ways to deal with                                     requests, new rules, and procedures? How do we deal                                     most effectively with questions and policies?

                                    Interpreting Challenges: What are the requirements                                     for interpreters in our courts? How do we hire, train,                                     and retain credentialed interpreters? How do we                                     comply, particularly in our rural courts, and provide the                                     best possible service to our clients?

                                    Class Materials: Handout 1, Handout 2, Handout 3,

                                    Handout 4, Handout 5, Handout 6, Handout 7

                                    Handout 8, Handout 9

3:15-3:30 p.m.           BREAK

3:30-4:30 p.m.           Effective Court Responses for People Suffering                                     from Mental Illness. The vast majority of persons with                                     mental illness first come into contact with the criminal                                     Justice system in justice and municipal courts. This                                     session will provide an update on the work of the                                     Statewide Committee on Mental Health in the Justice                                     System, including proposals for legislative consideration                                     and details about current and potential future areas or                                     work.  The update will also include information on the                                     latest AOC efforts to encourage better coordination                                     around mental health issues at the local level, and time                                     for Q&A.

                                    What’s New and Improved about AJACS?: Most of our                                     courts utilize AJACS for our case-management system,                                     and this session will share updates and changes, take a                                     look at special tricks, and provide the opportunity to ask                                     questions and provide input.

                                    Surviving Operational Reviews: Record keeping and                                        case-processing deficiencies in a court’s operations can                                     hamper the daily function of the court. Operational                                     reviews are performed by the Administrative Office of                                     the Courts. Courts are routinely cited for not properly                                     reporting dispositions, lack of financial controls, and                                     non-compliance with the Rules of Court. This class will                                     discuss some of those common findings, what you can                                     do to prevent them, and the Operational Review                                     process.

4:45-5:45 p.m.          AZ Magistrates Association Meeting

                                    DINNER ON YOUR OWN

THURSDAY, 9/5/19

9-10 a.m.                    New Rules and Points to Ponder: This key session                                     offers a running commentary on new and changed                                     legislative requirements, new court rules, new trends.                                     (Plenary Session)

                                    Class Materials: Case Law Handout, Case Law Slides,

                                    Legislative Handout

10-10:15 a.m             BREAK

10:15-11:45 a.m.      Criminal Justice Reform: The 2018 Arizona Town Hall                                     spent the better part of the year in a focus on Criminal                                     Justice in Arizona, convening meetings throughout the                                     state with hundreds of Arizonans. In November, the                                     Town Hall process developed, during an intensive                                     three day period, a comprehensive recommendation on                                     the subject. Arizona Town Hall reports very often lead to                                     legislative actions. This session will focus on the Final                                     Report and its highlights, and, importantly, on the Town                                     Hall process which brings together a wide cross-section                                     of citizens to zero in on public policy issues. (Plenary                                     Session)

11:45-1 p.m.              LUNCH

                                    AJPA Board will meet.

1-2 p.m.                      Distracted Driving Concerns: There’s new legislation                                     and mounting concerns, as we know, and there are                                     model programs, like “Road to Zero”. This session will                                     look at the model and how it may be useful in our                                     courts.

                                    Cameras in Court: With Rule 122.2 as a guide, this                                     session will examine how we deal with this question,                                     our responses, county policies on the actual rule, and                                     model policies, including a helpful “cue card”.

                                    Class Materials: Handouts

                                    Securing Our Networks: Understanding threats and                                     staying safe on the internet, encrypted messages,                                     common ‘phishIng’ examples.

                                    Class Materials: Handout 1, Handout 2

2-2:15 p.m.                BREAK

2:15-3:15 p.m.          Where we are with Court Security: Advances and                                     updates in protecting our courts, resources,                                     opportunities and best practices. 

                                    Class Materials: Handouts, Slides

                                    Risk Assessment/Intimate Partners: The complexities                                     of victim and perpetrator behavior in intimate partner                                     violence cases will be examined, with a discussion of                                     discrete risk markers. An overview will be presented of                                     the Arizona Intimate Partner Risk Assessment                                     Instrument System (APRAIS) currently being adopted                                     across Arizona and elsewhere.


                                    Alternative Courts: There’s a comprehensive list of                                     speciality courts that have been developed to provide                                     better services to specific populations. How are they set                                     up, funded, and what results do we see? This session                                     will take a look at a Restitution Court and a Problem                                            Solving Court model.

3:15-3:30 p.m.           BREAK

3:30-4:45 p.m.           Understanding the New OP/Injunctions Process:                                     There are new requirements governing the issuance of                                     these orders, and we need to understand them and                                     how the process will change. The presenters have                                     agreed to set up a demonstration of the new process                                     (Plenary Session)

4:45-5 p.m.                BREAK

5-7 p.m.                      A Movie, Burgers, Hot Dogs & More: Gabe Goltz                                     introduces a movie designed to make us think. This                                     plenary session helps satisfy the COJET Ethics credit in a                                     relaxed and informal manner. (Plenary Session)

FRIDAY, 9/6/19

9-11 a.m.                    What Did You Think?: We discuss the movie we saw                                     and the range of implications that resulted. This is the                                     completion of the COJET Ethics credit. (Plenary Session)

11-11:15 a.m.            BREAK

11:15-11:45 a.m.      AzJPA Business Meeting

Click here for Presenter Biographies

(You can download Biographies and Class materials to your personal devices from this link. No printed materials will be provided on site.)

Justice of the Peace of the Year; Sherry Geisler Award

Sherry Geisler

Each year a Justice of the Peace is recognized for his or her outstanding service to the Judiciary.
In 2013 the Award name was changed to the Sherry Geisler Award in honor of the late Honorable Sherry Geisler of Round Valley Justice Court.
Judge Geisler began her career as a clerk in 1982 she served  as a pro-tem and began her judicial career in 1993.  When the association split from the partnership with the constables the Az Justice of the Peace Association was born Judge Geisler was the first association president in 1996. Judge Geisler served on numerous committees for the Arizona Supreme Court including the Judicial ethics commission she served as a mentor judge for many years;  she was a true example of the qualities expected for the Justice of the Peace of the year award.

The Honorable Sherry Geisler, Round Valley Justice of the Peace

Award Photo

2018 Honorable Rob Krombeen Justice of the Peace  of the Year

This year’s recipient for the Justice of the Peace of the year is currently the Presiding Judge for Coconino County and was first elected in 2010. Judge Krombeen is the Justice of the Peace and Town Magistrate in Williams Arizona. In his first year Judge Krombeen implemented new collection efforts and created a Law Day in the Williams area. Judge Krombeen was instrumental in assisting the Town of Tusayan to create a court which includes a monthly appearance and a video link which provided access to justice in this remote town.
Judge Krombeen was the Co-Chair who hosted the National Judges Association conference and meeting in Williams Arizona in 2018. Judge Krombeen made it one of his priorities was to assure his staff, court customers and himself had a high standard of security and safety. Judge Krombeen developed a video regarding security standards which has been utilized by many across the State as a training model. He is Chair of the Coconino county Security and emergency Preparedness Committee as well as serves on the Supreme Court Security Standards Committee.
Judge Krombeen writes a column about the Court in a local periodical, provided Justice Tracks training to over 125 local business people and employees in his area. Annually participates in Law Day events and Mock Trials for local High School students.
In support of Judge Krombeen the JP Association received several letters of support, including one from the Court Administrator who acknowledged his forward thinking, his ability and willingness to work with all partners of the justice system including the legislative and executive branches. Judge Krombeen was credited for being instrumental in negotiating a new IGA with the County and City of Williams, which created a seamless and more efficient consolidated Justice and Magistrate Courts.
Judge Krombeen’ s staff wrote he works above and beyond to assure the Court is the best and he continues to strive for new and innovative ways to dispense justice and encourages his team to participate in all planning aspects.

Association Officers

Honorable Dorothy Little


Honorable John Peck

 Vice President

 Honorable Michael Skiles


Honorable Cathy Riggs


Honorable David Widmaier 

Immediate Past President

Honorable Bruce Staggs-Board Member

Honorable Sam Goodman- Board member

Honorable Wyatt Palmer Board member

Honorable David Osterfeld Board member

Honorable Steve Urie Board Member

Honorable Charlene Pesquira Board Member

Honorable Keith Russell Board Member

Board Members not pictured Honorable Barbara Brown, Honorable Donald Roberts,  Honorable Russ Jones, Honorable Gary Griffith


In July 2019, Vice Chief Justice Brutinel will transition to the Chief Justice. Each incoming Chief Justice develops and adopts a "Strategic Agenda", for his or her term. Earlier this year Dave Byers, Administrative Director of the Courts invited the "Association" to submit suggestions to be considered.

The Executive Board was solicited for comments and again for review of the finished product. The submission is the document below for your review.  

2018 Legislative updates for LJ Courts


semi-annual Executive Board meeting June 20, 2019 at noon

2019 Conference September 03 through the 6 In PRESCOTT ARIZONA

Annual Business meeting on September 6, 2019 at 11:30A.M.

Governor appoints Justice of the Peace Tim Dickerson to Superior Court in Cochise County




Helpful link to National Judges Association