12/24/2013 9:51:00 AM Staff handles 10,000 cases annually
By Hon. Bill Rummer Mayer Justice Court
In this third article about the Mayer Justice Court, which has jurisdiction where you live, I'd like to introduce you to the inner workings and the "Ladies Of The Court."
Your Mayer Justice Court handles about 10,000 cases a year. Your court supervisor and five court clerks are extremely professional, well-trained and very service-oriented.
Let's start with our supervisor Miss Traci. Traci has been with the Mayer Court for 12 years.
She's very busy. Her job is to manage the court's staff and administrative duties. This is a very large task since this court lives in three administrative "worlds" - as a Yavapai County department, as a part of the Yavapai courts system responsible to Presiding Judge Mackey, and lastly to the Arizona Supreme Court's administrative branch.
Among her extensive training she is a graduate of the AOC Leadership Institute's Arizona Court Supervisors program.
Here at our court she supervises an amazingly homogenous and friendly team of co-workers.
The good news about a "rural" court, as compared to a "big city" court, is that you get personal service just by calling, appearing or writing to us - you get (wait for this) a person when you call and you have three court clerks available at the windows in the lobby.
We have five "desks" and everyone is cross-trained. The clerks schedule our docket. The courts operate under a very strict set of scheduling and deadlines - the Arizona Rules of Court - so each clerk has a huge burden to make sure things are done correctly.
The traffic desk is Miss Tammy's this year. Tammy handles all civil and criminal traffic matters except DUIs and, as you might imagine, a significant amount of our case load travels across her desk.
Tammy has been with this court for 11 years.
Our "civil desk" is handled by Miss Lorna. She handles civil law suits, small claims actions, orders of protection and injunctions.
The "DUI desk" is managed by Miss Sherri. DUIs are complex and often have a number of motions and responses, followed by court orders because the prosecutor often is opposed by a private attorney or the public defender's office.
This desk is also one of our lobby desks.
The "criminal desk" is Miss Ami's. She also has a lobby desk. As you might imagine, this is a busy desk, handling assaults, theft, disorderly conducts, marijuana, meth, trespassing, threatening/intimidating, and on and on.
Our "felony desk" handles all our initial appearances, search and arrest warrants as well as other court matters. (Last night at 1:35 a.m. I got a call from a DPS officer needing a search warrant.)
Miss Retha is on that desk and she is also our Jury Manager. In addition she's our forms designer - our "forms queen." She's also the "right arm" of our supervisor.
These ladies of the court work hard, do it right and have fun.
Next month I'll turn a little to your judge's sentencing philosophies.