Arthur Markham is this year's recipient of the Justice of the Peace of the year. Judge Markham
has served as a full time judge for approximately 14 years, for Prescott Consolidated courts which includes the Prescott Justice
Court and the Prescott Magistrate Court. He is also the Yavapai Prescott Tribal Magistrate. He has served the last 7
years as the Presiding Justice of the Peace for Yavapai County. Judge Markham is currently serving on the Executive Board
for the Association and has participated for a number of years on the Legislative committee for the Association.
Prescott Consolidated courts under Judge Markham's direction has been very innovative in furthering
justice and case processing procedures. They led the way for E-citations, paperless initial appearances, piloted the pretrial
release procedures in conjunction with the Arnold Foundation and the Arizona Supreme Court as well as one of the Pilot courts
for the new AJACS System.
Judge Markham has served and continues to serve on
many committees and forums for the Arizona Supreme Court. He has been a member of the LJC Committee for the last 7 years assuring
the Justice of the Peace view point is represented for proposed rules and procedures affecting all limited jurisdiction courts.
He serves on the Arizona Supreme Court Criminal Justice Commission on Criminal History regarding proper reporting for criminal
convictions. He has assisted with updating the Bench books relating to the enforcement of civil judgments, served on the DUI
case processing committee which helped form the case processing standards. He participated with the Supreme Court training
video and broadcast as well as served on a panel for GOHS Conference regarding DUI education.
Judge Markham often speaks to local organizations about the Court system which has included the Rotary,
the Lions and the local Yavapai County Bar Association. He has served on local community boards such as the Catholic Social
services the Zoo, band boosters and the Orme School.
Judge Markham is instrumental
in maintaining good working relationships with the Board of supervisors, the Prescott City Council, Yavapai Tribe, Law Enforcement
and probation department to assure the integrity of the Court.
A. Little, Association President