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Arizona Justice of the Peace Association

Materials and Bios for the 2022 Conference 

Please note: Class Materials will not be printed this year. They are available as links which you may download to your device. Links to the Class Materials are clickable below the Class Name and Presenters on this page (Slides and/or Handouts).

Additionally, for the link to presenter Bio's, click here. 

Link to Printable Conference Agenda

Click here for Certificate of Attendance

Click here for Evaluation Links (You should receive Plenary Session Evals by email and Breakout sessions have a QR code in that session)

TUESDAY, 9/6/22

12:00-5:00 pm   Registration Desk Open                             Ballroom Foyer

1:00-4:00 pm     ALERRT Training                                        Verde A

                            James Coffey

5:00-6:30 pm     Presidents' Reception                              Granite Mtn

Note: Dinner on your own  

WEDNESDAY, 9/7/22  

8:00am-5:00pm Registration Desk Open                             Ballroom Foyer

9:00-9:30 am     Welcome/Pledge of Allegiance/Awards &                                                    Announcements                                        Sedona

                            Hon. John Peck

                            Hon. Sherwood Johnston

9:30-10:30 am   Learning to Love a Virtual World - Lessons Learned                             from COVID with Long Term Impact on the 

                            Judiciary:                                                      Sedona

                            Hon. Vice Chief Justice Anne A. Scott Timmer

                            Hon. Samuel Thumma

                            Hon. Laine McDonald

                            Hon. Pam Gates

                            Karl Heckart

                            Ken Kung

                            (Plenary Session)

                            Class Materials: None

10:30-10:45 am Break

10:45-Noon        Limited Jurisdiction Updates                Sedona

                             Liana Garcia, AOC

                             Paul Julien, AOC

                             (Plenary Session)

                             Class Materials: Slides Slides 2  Handouts

Noon – 1 pm      Lunch                                                           Cottonwood

1:00-2:00 pm      Courts/Legislative Conversation       Sedona

                             Hon. Michele Reagan

                             Sen. T.J. Shope

                             (Plenary Session)

                             Class Materials: None

2:00 - 2:15 pm    Break  

2:15-3:15 pm      Court Rules Updates:                                Verde A 

                             Paul Julien, AOC

                             Lisa Banen, AOC

                             Suzanne Reed, AOC

                             Class Materials: Slides 1, Slides 2

                             Mad Skills and Practices                        Verde B

                             Brandy Killion, AOC 

                             Class Materials: Slides, Handouts

                             Eviction Refresher:                                    Chino/Prescott

                             Hon. Charles Adornetto

                             Class Materials: Slides, Handouts

3:15-3:30 pm     Break

3:30-4:30 pm     Hot Topics:                                                    Sedona

                            Hon. Dorothy Little

                            Hon. Sherwood Johnston

                            Paul Julien, AOCet. al. 

                            (Plenary Session)

                            Class Materials: None

4:30-5:15 pm     AZ Magistrates Association Board Meeting:  Arizona

                            Hon. Sherwood Johnston

5:30-6:30 pm     AJPA/AMA Board Reception                     Granite Mtn

                            Hon. John Peck

                            Hon. Sherwood Johnston

Note: Dinner on your own  

THURSDAY, 9/8/22

8:00am-5:00 pm     Registration Desk Open                       Ballroom Foyer  

9:00-10:30 am          Justice and our Tribal Courts:           Sedona

                                   Hon. David Osterfeld

                                   Hon. Mashone Antone

                                   Mr. Al Pooley

                                   Hon. Darayne Achin

                                   Hon. Anthony Little

                                   Hon. Deborah Ann Begay

                                   (Plenary Session)

                                   Class Materials: Slides 1, Slides 2, Slides 3, Handout1

10:30-10:45 am       Break

10:45-11:45 am       Self-Represented Litigants:                  Sedona

                                   Hon. Charles Adornetto

                                   Hon. Gerald Williams  

                                   (Plenary Session)

                                   Class Materials: Benchcard, Handout 1, Handout 2

                                                                Slides, Answers to Hypos

                                                                All Documents

11:45-1:00 pm          LUNCH                                                     Cottonwood

                                    AJPA Board will meet                          AZ Boardroom

1:00-2:00 pm            Case Law and DUI Updates:                  Verde A

                                   Hon. James Blake

                                   Class Materials: Slides, Case Studies, Handout

                                   Court Security Updates:                         Verde B

                                   Mike Dzezinski

                                   Class Materials: Slides, Handout

                                   IA's & Arraignments Refresher:        Chino/Prescott

                                   Hon. Charles Adornetto 

                                   Class Materials: Slides, Handouts

2:00-2:15                  Break

2:15-3:15 pm           Information/Disinformation:                 Verde A

                                  Aaron Nash, AOC

                                  Scott Davis, MCJC

                                  Alberto Rodriguez

                                  Class Materials: Slides

                                  Cybersecurity                                            Verde B

                                  Stewart Bruner, AOC

                                  Class Materials:  Slides, Handout Handout 2

                                  Protective Orders Refresher             Chino/Prescott

                                  Hon. Charles Adornetto

                                  Class Materials: Slides, Handouts

3:15-3:30 pm           Break

                                  Eviction Updates and Trends (Advanced): Verde A

                                  Hon. Anna Huberman

                                  Hon. Ron Newman

                                  Class Materials: Slides 

                                  Mental Health/Homeless Courts:           Verde B

                                  Hon. John Tatz

                                  Hon. Alicia Skupin

                                  Class Materials: Slides

                                  Civil Traffic Refresher                           Chino/Prescott

                                  Hon. Charles Adornetto

                                  Class Materials: Slides, Handouts

4:30-5:00                  Break

5:00-7:00 pm           Movie Night:                                                Sedona

                                  Gabe Goltz, AOC

Note: Dinner on your own

FRIDAY, 9/9/22

8:00am-noon          Registration Desk Open                         Ballroom Foyer

8:30-9:30 am           Juvenile Hearing Issues                            Sedona

                                  Hon. Charles Adornetto

                                  (Plenary Session)

                                  Class Materials: Slides

9:30-9:45 am           Break

9:45-11:00 am         Movie - Ethics Discussion:                        Sedona

                                  Gabe Goltz, AOC

                                  (Plenary Session)

11:00-11:15 am      Closing Remarks                                          Sedona

                                  Hon. John Peck

                                  Hon. Sherwood Johnston

11:30-Noon             AJPA Business Meeting                              Sedona

Click here for Presenter Biographies

2022 Conference Information

Arizona Justice of the Peace Association & Arizona Magistrates Association Conference

To all Justices of the Peace, Magistrates, Pro Tem Judges & Court Staff

It’s time to make plans for the 2022 AJPA & AMA Conference.

The past 2+ years has been an extraordinary mix of change, adaption, and reflection, with cancelled conferences, ever-evolving administrative orders at all levels of our court system, and constant challenges. We’ve become accustomed to Zoom and Teams meetings, new protocols for our staff and community, and novel ways of conducting our work. We have a lot to talk about, much to share and, this year more familiar opportunities to do so.

We’re excited that our 2022 AJPA Conference will take place September 6, 7, 8, & 9, 2022, at the Prescott Resort & Conference Center, 1500 State Route 69, Prescott, Arizona

There is a room block set up for you: We have reserved rooms in the hotel and have a deadline to book them. You should secure your room as soon as possible. We are taking the biggest part of the hotel, so please get your reservations in early. The ROOM BLOCK GROUP CODE is #G9622. Contact the Prescott Resort at 1-888-657-7855 for reservations, and ask for the room block rate of $79 (+ 12.6% privilege tax) per night for each single, double, or triple. Check in time at hotel is 3 p.m. and late check out time is Noon. One of the reasons we can keep the room rate so low is that there are no breakfast vouchers. The hotel will let you reserve your room for up to (3) days prior to the conference for the Labor Day Weekend at the group rate, and (3) days following the conference. The DEADLINE for room Reservation is August 15, 2022.  After August 16th, the availability of hotel rooms cannot be guaranteed.

About our 2022 Conference programming: We are again pleased to be working with the Arizona Magistrates Association in developing this year’s sessions. Significantly, we’re also working with the AOC/Arizona Supreme Court to create an important plenary reviewing how our court system has responded in this year-plus of crisis, what we have learned, what best practices we have developed, and the planning in hand as we move forward. Other sessions will focus on Tribal Cultures & Awareness, Information & Disinformation, Ethics, and Self-Represented Litigants, as well as important updates on new rules, procedures, domestic-violence and DUI issues, evictions & writs, cyber security and much, much more.    

Special Note: Gabe Goltz will hold a "Movie Night" again on Thursday, right after the main session. Due to the high cost involved, we will have popcorn and beverages available, but unfortunately, we will not be serving the customary hamburger/hot dog meal. The movie will be over by 7 p.m., giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy a meal elsewhere.

We will send you more program details, when specifics have been confirmed.

For easy reference:

  • ·         Our Conference will take place 9/6-9/2021 (Tuesday optional events, Program Wednesday to Friday noon) at the Prescott Resort in Prescott, AZ.
  • ·         Make your room reservation ASAP to secure your accommodations. Rooms are limited. (Cut-off date 8/15/2022)
  • ·         To make a reservation, contact the Prescott Resort at 1-888-657-7855.
  • ·         Use AJPA Group Code #G9622 to receive a rate of $79 (+12.6% privilege tax) per room night.
  • ·         Rooms may be reserved up to three days in advance and three days following the conference.

We look forward to seeing you all in the cooler country. Please print this out so you have all the date and phone information to make your room reservations.

Click here for Conference Registration Link 

(the password is 2022JPConference)

AZ Justice of the Peace Membership Application - Click Here

AZ Magistrates Association Membership Application - Click Here

 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

THE “JP of the Year” award recognizes and honors an individual member of the Arizona Justice of the Peace Association who has tirelessly and selflessly supported the mission of the association; who has demonstrated continuous contributions to the Arizona judicial process; and who makes significant efforts to educate the public on the judicial system. Recipients of this award must be a member of the Arizona Justice of the Peace Association and must have a minimum of five years’ experience as a full-time judge.

In 2013 the award was renamed as the Sherry Geisler Award in honor of the late judge of the Round Valley Justice Court. Judge Geisler was a great leader in the judicial community. She was the first association president when the association split from the partnership with the constables in 1996, served as a mentor judge, and was on multiple committees for the Supreme Court including the Judicial Ethics Commission.

The Honorable Sherry Geisler, Round Valley Justice of the Peace

Honorable Trevor Ward - 2021 Justice of the Peace  of the Year

We are happy to announce that this year’s honoree is the Honorable Trevor Ward, Wilcox Justice of the Peace and Town Magistrate.

In the words of the Hon. Dorothy Little, the immediate past president of the AJPA and the chair of the awards committee:

“In 2006, Judge Ward was elected Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, in Willcox, Arizona, taking office in January 2007. In 2008, the City of Willcox consolidated with the Willcox Justice Court and that relationship continues today. During the past 15 years he has supervised numerous improvements to the Willcox Justice Court, including enhanced security measures, development of an electronic interpreter system in the court room, and implementation of the strategic agendas of the past four Chief Justices.

“He was associate presiding judge for four years and in 2018 was selected as the Presiding Justice of the Peace for Cochise County. He continues to serve in that role. As the presiding justice during 2020, he successfully led efforts to defend the rights of justices of the peace to receive compensation for their work as magistrates as provided by state statute. His leadership benefitted all justices of the peace in Cochise County and, effectively, our justice system throughout the state. In doing so, Judge Ward upheld our first standard, Canon 1 of the Judicial Code of Conduct, which states in part: “A judicial employee shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity and impartiality of the judiciary and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.”

“While Judge Ward has had many successes as a Justice of the Peace and City Magistrate, he considers as his greatest success being a single father to his son. His son T.J. is active in sports, has a 4.0 grade point average, is the 2019 Tucson Jr Dragster Champion for six- to 12- year-olds and, says his proud father, probably would’ve been the 2020 champion had not the races been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Judge Ward’s selection was made in July 2021, by a committee of the AJPA board and would have been presented at the scheduled COVID-canceled September conference. An in-person award will be made at our subsequent conference.

On behalf of the Association, our heartiest congratulations on this well-deserved honor!

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

Vacant  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

Judicial Education and Resources 

The following links are education and resources provided by various sources throughout the State.

Maricopa County Podcasts

Click here to view access and connect to numerous podcasts on a variety of subjects of interest to limited jurisdiction judges.

Maricopa County Resources

Click here to access and connect to several resources available to assist in the management and operations of our courts.


Maricopa County COVID-19 Resources

Click here to view access and connect to several resources regarding COVID-19.



For the latest Administrative Order from the AZ Supreme Court - click here


AZ Justice of the Peace Association/AZ Magistrates Association Conference - September 6-9, 2022 - Prescott


Helpful link to Arizona Magistrates Association

Helpful link to National Judges Association