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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.


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

Honorable Anna Huberman - 2019 Justice of the Peace  of the Year

This year’s recipient for the Justice of the Peace of the Year is Judge Anna Huberman from Maricopa County and was first elected to the bench in 2012. Judge Huberman is the first Justice of the Peace for a newly created precinct, the Country Meadows Justice Court. Judge Huberman also serves as the Presiding Judge for the Southwest Regional Court Center. 

Judge Huberman serves on numerous committees for the State as well as locally for Maricopa County. She has served on the Judicial Conference Planning Committee in 2017 and 2018. She also serves on the board of the Judicial College of Arizona.

As a member of the Commission of Access to Justice she was appointed by Judge Lawrence Winthrop as the chair of the Limited Jurisdiction Self-Represented Litigants Workgroup and has served in that capacity for over two years. The workgroup has studied and analyzed rule change petitions for eviction actions and made recommendations to the Commission. Additionally, the work group just completed an educational product to increase access to justice for self-represented landlords and tenants. The information produced include information sheets, FAQs. glossary, videos, and forms which are available in both English and Spanish. All of this is accessible through the AOC's webpages and the AZCourtHelp website.

Judge Huberman is a presenter or co-presenter for conferences at both the local and state levels, presenting to court staff and judicial officers on subjects such as eviction actions, language access, Spanish for court staff and interpreting challenges. 

Judge Huberman participates in many community activities educating the public on the court system including television/radio in both English and Spanish and also writes articles for newspapers. She volunteers for Make-a-Wish, serving meals to homeless seniors, and educating youth on her judicial position and running for elected office. 

Association Officers and Board Members

Honorable John Peck


Honorable Rob Krombeen

Vice President

 Honorable Michael Skiles


Honorable Cathy Riggs


Honorable Dorothy Little

 Immediate Past President 

Honorable David Widmaier 

Board Member 

    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 Gerald Williams      Board Member

Honorable Charlene Pesquira  Board Member

         Honorable Keith Russell            Board Member

     Honorable Donald Roberts       Board Member

Honorable Sherwood Johnston, III Board Member

     Honorable Barbara Brown       Board Member

         Honorable Russ Jones            Board Member

     Honorable Erica Cornejo       Board Member

        Honorable Gary Griffith            Board Member


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


AZ Magistrates Association Annual Spring Break Conference - March 25, 26, 27, 2020 - Phoenix

Arizona Judicial Conference - June 24, 25, 26, 2020 - Tucson

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


Helpful link to Arizona Magistrates Association

Helpful link to National Judges Association




Materials and Bios from the 2019 Conference 

Please note: Class Materials were 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. 

Click here for Certificate of Attendance

Click here for Evaluation Form

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)

10:45 a.m.-Noon      Working Smarter Together

Noon – 1 p.m.           Lunch

1-2 p.m.                      Hot Topics for Judges

                                    Class Materials: Montgomery, Penzone

                                    Performance Reviews:

                                    Class Materials: Slides

                                    When the Public Comes Calling

                                    Class Materials: Slides, Handouts

2:15-3:15 p.m.           Time Standards

                                    Class Materials: Handout

                                    Compliance with Law, with AOC Assistance

                                    Class Materials: Handout, Slides, Links

                                    Interpreting Challenges

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

                                    Handout 4, Handout 5, Handout 6, Handout 7

                                    Handout 8, Handout 9

3:30-4:30 p.m.           Effective Court Responses for People Suffering                                     from Mental Illness

                                    Class Materials: Handout, Slides

                                    What’s New and Improved about AJACS?

                                    Surviving Operational Reviews

                                    Class Materials: Handout #1Handout #2

THURSDAY, 9/5/19

9-10 a.m.                    New Rules and Points to Ponder

                                    Class Materials: Case Law Handout, Case Law Slides,

                                    Legislative Handout, Warrant Bond Slides, Link #1

                                    Link #2, Rule 3.2 Handout

10:15-11:45 a.m.      Criminal Justice Reform

                                    Class Materials: #1 Community Town Halls Final Report,                                      #2 "Criminal Justice in Arizona” statewide Town Hall

                                    Recommendations Report

11:45-1 p.m.              LUNCH

                                    AJPA Board will meet.

1-2 p.m.                      Distracted Driving Concerns

                                    Cameras in Court

                                    Class Materials: Handouts

                                    Securing Our Networks

                                    Class Materials: Handout 1, Handout 2

2:15-3:15 p.m.          Where we are with Court Security

                                    Class Materials: Handouts, Slides

                                    Risk Assessment/Intimate Partners

                                    Specialty Courts

                                    Class Materials: Slides, Statutes

3:30-4:45 p.m.           Understanding the New OP/Injunctions Process:                                            Class Materials: Handout

5-7 p.m.                      A Movie, Burgers, Hot Dogs & More

FRIDAY, 9/6/19

9-11 a.m.                    What Did You Think?

Click here for Presenter Biographies