Rule 1. Purpose
Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedUniform Rules of Procedure for Commissions on Appellate and Trial Court Appointments
17C A.R.S. App. and Tr.Ct.Appointments Comm.Unif. Rules of Proc., Rule 1
Formerly cited as AZ ST A AND TRIAL CT APPT Rule 1
Rule 1. Purpose
Article VI, Section 36 of the Arizona Constitution provides that when making recommendations for judicial office, the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments “shall consider the diversity of the state's population, however, the primary consideration shall be merit.” Similarly, Article VI, Section 41 of the Arizona Constitution provides that the Commissions on Trial Court Appointments “shall consider the diversity of the county's population and the geographical distribution of the residences of the judges throughout the county, however, the primary consideration shall be merit.” The goal, therefore, of the judicial nomination process is to select judges who have outstanding professional competence and reputation and who are also sensitive to the needs of and held in high esteem by the communities they serve and who reflect, to the extent possible, the ethnic, racial and gender diversity of those communities. Competence and diversity among our judges will enhance fairness and public confidence in judicial proceedings.
Added on an expedited basis Dec. 14, 2016, effective Dec. 14, 2016. Added on a permanent basis April 27, 2017, effective April 27, 2017.
17C A. R. S. App. and Tr.Ct.Appointments Comm.Unif. Rules of Proc., Rule 1, AZ ST A AND TRIAL CT APPT Rule 1
State Court Rules are current with amendments received and effective through September 15, 2023. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through September 15, 2023.
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