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Court Types in Arizona

Supreme Court of Arizona

The Supreme Court of Arizona, often called the court of last resort was established under Article 6 of the Arizona Constitution. Five judges serve a length of six years and each of these justices select a Chief Justice, which oversees all the Courts in Arizona.


Although it is normally filled by five justices, at the moment, there is a vacancy in one of the seats. The present judges, as well as their respective biographies are listed below.

Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch

Vice Chief Justice Scott Bales

Justice Robert M. Brutinel

Justice John Pelander

Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals is the intermediate branch between the lower courts and the court of last resort, the Supreme Court. It was established in 1965 and while one is located in Phoenix with 16 judges, the other is in Tuscon with Six Judges.

Justice Requirement

To be considered as a judge, one must be a at least 30 years old, of good moral character and a resident of Arizona. They must be admitted to the practice of law for at least five years before coming to office.

Superior Court

The superior court exists as a single body with courts in each county, with each county having at least one superior court judge. If there are counties with more than one judge, the counties are split in divisions. Currently, there are almost 100 Arizona superior court judges, with most of which are in Maricopa and Pima Counties.

Justice Requirement

To be considered as a judge, one must be a at least 30 years old, of good moral character and a resident of Arizona. They must be admitted to the practice of law for at least five years before coming to office.

Juvenile Court

With Counties with more than one superior court judge, they have a special juvenile court. They hear all juvenile cases involving delinquency, incorrigibility and dependency. Traffic cases involving juveniles may be heard by a court other than the juvenile court.

Tax Court

Established in 1988, the Tax Court has jurisdiction over all disputes of law relating to Arizona taxes. Although it is a department of the Superior Court in Maricopa County, it handles cases across the state.

A taxpayer may use the small claims division for certain cases. The small claims division holds case concerning class five property (homes), or where the full cash value property does not exceed $300,000. Further, the small claims division judges hold cases, where the taxes, interest, and penalties is less than $5,000.

A decision made by the small claims division is not eligible for appeal.

Justice Courts

Each justice court is looked over by a justice of the peace that is elected for a term of four years. Cases include civil lawsuits where the disputed amount is $10,000 or less, rented property disputs, small claims cases. They also hear cases related to civil and criminal traffic offenses, including DUIs, as well as misdemeanor allegations and requests for orders of protection. The population effects the number of courts and Maricopa County, the largest one in Arizona, has 25 justice courts.


To be a justice of the peace, one must be a registered voter in Arizona, reside in the court precinct and understand English. Some justices of the peace are attorneys, yet that is not a requirement.

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Veteran's Court

The Veteran's Court was established to aid Veterans who have served the Country. Oftentimes, Veterans return from active combat with many different psychological issues. So, to save them jail time, the Verteran's Court was established and is located in Tuscon, AZ. The VA court connects Veterans to many different types of resources.

Counties in Arizona

Yuma- Court Locations And Information

Superior Court of Yuma

Yuma has a Superior Court that is split into six divisions and is ruled by six different judges, which are covered in the next section. The court itself is located at

Arizona Superior Court in Yuma County 250 West 2nd Street Yuma, AZ 85634 (928) 817-4083 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays

They can be reached at.

Phone: (928) 817-4088 Fax: (928) 817-4091

Superior Court Division 1 Judge

2440 West 28th Street, Yuma, AZ 85364 Phone: (928) 314-1953 Fax: (928) 344-4642

Mark Wayne Reeves is the Superior Court Judge of Division One. Mark first served as Superior Court Judge in 2006 and in mid, 2012, he started to serve as a Superior Court Judge in Juvenile Court. His duties in juvenile court include: dependencies, delinquencies and incorrigibility cases, termination of parental rights proceedings and adoptions. Finally, he looks over the juvenile drug court program and has looked over the past one as well.

In the past, Judge Reeves looked over criminal and civil calendars and as Associate Presiding Judge to the Honorable Andrew W. Gould. Mark was also an Assistant United States Attorney, where he worked to prosecute a variety of crimes, including major drug conspiracies and public corruption matters. Prior to that, Mark worked with they Yuma County Legal Defender's Office as an Assistant Legal Defender where he represented defendants charged with felony offenses.

Throughout his career, Mark believes his experiences in the court system as defense attorney, prosecutor and judge, have assisted him in deciding cases fairly and unbiasedly. Judge Reeves is proud to serve Yuma County and enjoys the rewards that public service affords.

Justice Courts

Yuma County also has Three Justice Courts, which which are named for the city in which they are listed in. They are Yuma, Somerton and Wellton.

To view the calendar of events for the court, visit this URL, http://www.yumacountyaz.gov/index.aspx?page=1090.

Yuma (Precinct 1)

Justice of the Peace: Gregory S. Stewart Justice Pro-Tem: Yolanda V. Torok

Phone (928) 817-4100 250 W. 2nd St., Suite A Yuma, AZ 85364

Judge Gregory S. Stewart

For nearly forty years, Judge Stewart has been a resident of Yuma County. He grew up in eastern Yuma County and then graduated from Antelope Union High School and then achieved his Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Science at Arizona State University. He started his career in the criminal justice field and for twenty years, has been married Debbie Stewart. They have have three children.

After resigning his position with Yuma County Adult Probation, he was was appointed by the Yuma County Board of Supervisors to the Justice of the Peace in early 2010 and has spent almost 22 years in service to Yuma County in the criminal justice field.

He also has worked at the state and federal level and in the adult and juvenile justice systems. For 16 years, he worked in management as a Probation Services Supervisor with Yuma County Adult Probation. He worked in the Drug Court Coordinator, managed a Day Reporting Center, supervised the department’s sex offender and domestic violence programs, and finally, finished his probation career directing the Investigations unit.

Finally, he has worked on local and statewide committees including the Yuma County Meth Nuke Group, was the chairman of the Yuma County Sex Offender Management Task Force, and treasurer of the Arizona Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Together with the Drug Court team, Judge Stewart has saved of millions of tax dollar and the program was awarded by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court. Judge Stewart was named to the Drug Court Hall of Fame.

Judge Yolanda Torok

In 2006, Yolanda Torok was selected as a Judge Pro-Tempore by the Superior Court Judge. She has worked at the Adult Probation Department and at the County Attorney’s Office as the Chief of the Victim Services Division.

Somerton (Precinct 2)

Somerton-San Luis Phone (928) 314-5100 1358 E. Liberty St. San Luis, AZ 85349 l, Judge Jone

Jorge Lozano

The Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 is Judge Lozano, who is a graduate of Cibola High School (‘94). He obtained a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan four years later and then achieved his Juris Doctor degree from Arizona State University in 2001. Judge Lozano then came to Yuma County and started work as the staff attorney at Community Legal Services. He later moved to an attorney with the Office of the Legal Defender and stayed there for two years.

In 2006, he was chosen to become the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2 and he serves as a Yuma County Superior Court Judge Pro Tem. In the past, he was the President of the Yuma County Bar Association. Finally, he Judge Lozano is the Board President of Housing America Corporation. This is a non-profit organization that provides safe, affordable housing to low income families.

Judge Lozano has also worked as a part of the faculty at Arizona Western College, and was the past chair of the ASU El Diablito Alumni Association.

Wellton (Precinct 3)

Justice of the Peace: Russ Jones

Phone (928) 785-3321 10620 Dome St. Wellton, AZ 85356

Judge Russ Jones

For over forty years, Judge Russ Jones has been a resident of Eastern Yuma County. He graduated from from Antelope Union High School. then from The Law Enforcement Training Academy in Phoenix and finally as a Department of Public Safety Officer.

He started at the Dateland Sub Station and then served the East County as a patrol officer for almost thirty years. In 2010, he retired from the the Department of Public Safety and in November of that same year, he was elected Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 for the Wellton Justice Court. Just two months later, he was later chosen as Magistrate for the Town of Wellton. Judge Jones has been maried to Martha Yardley-Jones since 1984. They have three children.