Judicial Biographies

Superior Court Judges
Maricopa County Superior Court Judges Image Judges are appointed through a merit process. Judicial candidates are selected for their legal ability and professional and personal achievements rather than their mastery of political campaigns.

Applicants for judicial appointment are screened by the Commission on Trial Court Appointments, a non-partisan committee. The Commission reviews all applications, interviews candidates and selects finalists whose names are forwarded to the Governor. The Governor reviews the applications, interviews each finalist and appoints one of them to the bench.

Superior Court judges in Maricopa County remain in office by the approval of voters in retention elections. There are no opponents in these elections. Voters cast a "yes" vote to retain a judge in office. A "no" vote would remove the judge from office. Every two years each judge undergoes a public review process, including a survey of the judges ability by lawyers, litigants, jurors and staff. Judges face a retention election every four years.
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Judge Phone Location Protocol
PADILLA, Jose
Criminal
602.372.0901 Central Court Building-11A  
PALMER, David
Juvenile
602.372.3980 Southeast Juvenile-1093 8 View
PINEDA, Susanna
Criminal
602.372.2958 South Court Tower-13111/7C View
POLK, Jay
Probate Department Associate Presiding Judge
602.372.0879 Old Court House-102/104 View
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