Associate Judge Recruitment

Associate Judge Recruitment


The Associate Judge shall be the responsible for misdemeanor and civil traffic, zoning, orders of protection, and injunctions against harassment cases filed with the Surprise City Court. The Associate Judge is responsible for applying relevant Supreme Court Rules, State statutes, City ordinances, and case law when presiding over trials to the court, trials to a jury, pre-trial conferences, arraignments, motions, and other hearings. The Associate Judge is also responsible for imposing sentences commensurate to the offense and within the parameters allowed by law. Competencies include exercising considerable independent judgment in managing the docket, ruling on motions, and adjudicating cases. The initial and subsequent re-appointments of the associate judge shall be for terms of four years. The initial term shall end on June 30th following the end of the applicable term.


Pursuant to Section 30-3, every city judge of the Surprise City Court must be an active member of the State Bar of Arizona in good standing for at least five years prior to appointment; be free from any discipline by any State Bar or State Supreme Court for a period of ten years prior to appointment; and successfully complete employment screening pursuant to City of Surprise Code, Chapter 3.

Application Process and Filing Deadline

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The final filing date for this position is Friday, September 9, 2016 by noon.

NOTE: After the final filing date, applicant names will be released to the public.

Selection Process

Following the final filing date, applicant qualifications will be screened by the City of Surprise Judicial Selection Advisory Commission (JSAC). The JSAC will meet in September 2016 to discuss applications and determine candidates for interview. The complete selection process for city judges can be found at Section 30-44 of the Surprise City Code.