Coconino County Commission on Trial Court Appointments

Application Deadline: Friday, April 26, 2019


Purpose [Newly Forming Commission]:  On November 6, 2018, voters in Coconino County approved a measure adopting merit selection to replace the direct election of superior court judges.  Candidates for superior court judge vacancies will now apply to the 16-person Coconino County Commission on Trial Court Appointments which will nominate qualified candidates based on their merit.  This non-partisan commission will be chaired by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court (or his designee).  Primary responsibility is to screen, interview and recommend judicial candidates to the Governor of Arizona for the Governor’s final selection to fill judicial vacancies.

Openings:  Five.  The Governor will appoint a lawyer to represent each of the five supervisorial districts on the commission.  The Governor’s appointees must be confirmed by the Arizona State Senate.

Term:  Four years. 

Candidate Criteria/Qualifications:  Applicants for the Commission must be Active Members of, and in good standing with, the State Bar of Arizona.  Applicants shall have resided in the state, and shall have been admitted to practice law before the Arizona Supreme Court, for not less than five (5) years and shall have resided in the supervisorial district from which they are appointed for at least one year.  Applicants may be affiliated with any or no political party.

None of the attorney or non-attorney members of the Commission shall hold any governmental office, elective or appointive, for profit and no attorney member is eligible for appointment to any judicial office of this state until one year after membership in the commission terminates.  The Commission meets as necessary when judicial openings occur.

Arizona’s Constitution (Article 6, Section 41.D.) provides for ethnic and gender diversity on the Commission.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply for positions on this judicial nominating commission.

An application form must be submitted to the State Bar by Friday, April 26, 2019.  For additional information contact Carrie Sherman at 602.340.7201 or

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