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  8.A.       
Meeting Date: 09/20/2022  
From: Jessica Cortes, Court Administrator

Information
TITLE:
Consideration of Appointment:  On-Call Magistrate for the Flagstaff Municipal Court.
STAFF RECOMMENDED ACTION:
Approve the Judicial Appointment Advisory Panel's recommendation to appoint Staci Foulks as an On-Call Magistrate to the Flagstaff Municipal Court.
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 On-Call Magistrates for the Municipal Court allows for ongoing operations of the court without interruption. On-Call 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. On-Call Magistrates are required for the ongoing operational needs of the Municipal Court. On-Call Magistrates are critical to the criminal and civil processes of the judicial branch.
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:
On-Call 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:
Personnel - Attract and retain quality staff.
Has There Been Previous Council Decision on This:
No, the On-Call Magistrate Candidate would be newly appointed.
Options and Alternatives:
Approve the appointments.
Don't approve the appointments and request alternative candidates for Council consideration.
Community Involvement:
Inform.

    

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