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Meeting Date: 01/18/2022  
From: Jessica Cortes, Court Administrator

Consideration of Appointments:  On-Call Magistrates for the Flagstaff Municipal Court.
Approve the appointments of Honorable Lewis Levin and Honorable Russell Hughes as On-Call Magistrates.
Executive Summary:
Appointment of all magistrates is required to be completed by the Flagstaff City Council for a two-year term under both the City Charter and FCC Section 1-15-001-0002(A). Appointment of Magistrates for the Municipal Court allows for ongoing operations of the court without interruption.

Magistrates hear criminal, civil, traffic and local code violations that are filed in the Flagstaff Municipal Court. They conduct trials, both jury and non-jury, and sentence individuals within the parameters set by law. Magistrates are required for the ongoing operational needs of the Municipal Court. Magistrates are critical to the criminal and civil processes of the judicial branch.

Judge Levin and Judge Hughes have been serving in their respective capacities as On-Call Magistrates at the Flagstaff Municipal Court and are requesting to continue in their current roles.
Financial Impact:
Funding for all judicial positions is included in the approved budget of the Flagstaff Municipal Court. No additional budgetary impact is anticipated.
Policy Impact:
Magistrates are critical to the criminal and civil processes of the judicial branch. These appointments help maintain an independent judiciary that is necessary for the ongoing operations of our local government. A strong, independent, and fair judicial branch provides balance to criminal and civil matters that require resolution within our municipality.
Connection to PBB Priorities/Objectives, Carbon Neutrality Plan & Regional Plan:
Priority Based Budget Key Community Priorities and Objectives
Personnel - Attract and retain quality staff.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
These Magistrates have been appointed by previous City Councils and have been serving in the Flagstaff Municipal Court for two years.
Options and Alternatives:
Approve the appointments.
Don't approve the appointments and request alternative candidates for Council consideration.


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