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  7.A.       
Meeting Date: 12/01/2020  
From: Jessica Cortes, Court Administrator

TITLE:
Consideration of Appointment:  Magistrate for the Flagstaff Municipal Court.
 
STAFF RECOMMENDED ACTION:
Approve the Magistrate appointment.
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.
Financial Impact:
Funding for this judicial position 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. This appointment will aid in maintaining 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 Key Community Priorities/Objectives & Regional Plan:
Personnel - Attract and retain quality staff.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
The Council will have vetted the magistrate candidates in Executive Session on November 24, 2020.
Options and Alternatives:
Approve the appointment.
Don't approve the appointment and request alternative candidates for Council consideration.

    

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