At the time of writing this, 49 retention (i.e., current) judges will be on Maricopa County November ballots for a YES or NO vote, three on the AZ Supreme Court, six on the Division One Appeals Court, and 40 on the Maricopa County Superior Court. Voters are frequently confused on the issue of whether to vote Yes or No on retaining judges. For this reason we've exhaustively researched the 49 and have made recommendations on which judges to vote No. The AZ judicial information pamphlet will be mailed to voters late in September, however it is complex and lengthy and not easy to follow. We've developed the following list as a quick and easy guide for marking your ballot on whether or not to retain a judge on the bench. Below are our 17 No
recommendations, based on extensive research and applying the following criteria:
(1) At least one judge on the Judicial Performance Commission
says that the retention judge does not meet judicial performance standards
(2) If two Judicial Performance Review
averages of at least ten surveys (e.g., lawyers, witnesses/litigants, jury) of integrity, communications, legal ability, etc., are below 85%,
(3) If excessive political bias is indicated (e.g., by a ruling, past partisanship, membership) or if a significant judicial decision otherwise is without merit or of questionable merit.
On this basis, with the numbers below keyed to these criteria, vote NO