Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Volunteers are trained community members appointed by a judge to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court. They serve as a consistent, supportive presence for children during the often-confusing dependency process.
Court reporters create verbatim transcripts of court proceedings and play a vital role in ensuring an accurate record of court proceedings. They are responsible for capturing all spoken words, gestures, and actions that occur during a trial, hearing, or deposition.
Judges pro tempore are experienced attorneys appointed by the Presiding Judge to serve as temporary judges in the Superior Court. They help manage the court's caseload by hearing and deciding cases in various areas of law when full-time judges are unavailable.
The Judicial Merit Commission is an independent body responsible for the evaluation and selection of superior court judges in Maricopa County. Its purpose is to ensure that highly qualified and experienced individuals are appointed to serve on the bench.