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Jessica Cortes, Court Administrator
Consideration of Appointments:
Presiding Magistrate and On-Call Magistrate for the Flagstaff Municipal Court.
STAFF RECOMMENDED ACTION:
Approve the appointments of Honorable Thomas Chotena as Presiding Magistrate and Honorable Paul Julien as On-Call Magistrate.
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 Flagstaff City Code (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 Chotena and Judge Julien have been serving in their respective capacities as Presiding Magistrate and On-Call Magistrate at the Flagstaff Municipal Court and are requesting to continue in their current roles.
Funding for all judicial positions are included in the approved budget of the Flagstaff Municipal Court. No additional budgetary impact is anticipated.
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 Key Community Priorities/Objectives & Regional Plan:
Priority Based Budget Key Community Priorities and Objectives
Personnel - Attract and retain quality staff.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
Judge Chotena and Judge Julien have been appointed by previous City Councils and have been serving in the Flagstaff Municipal Court for nineteen years and six years respectively.
Options and Alternatives:
Approve the appointments.
Don't approve the appointments and request alternative candidates for Council consideration.
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