News and Announcements...

Historic Prescott Downtown Courthouse Relocates Public Entrances

Sep 25, 2014 — Due to the ongoing renovation of the exterior of the Prescott Courthouse, effective Monday, September 29, 2014, the East (Cortez St) side entrance of the courthouse will be completely closed off and inaccessible to the public. The main public entrance leading into the courthouse will be temporarily relocated to the 1st floor on the West (Montezuma St) side of the courthouse under the staircase. Only visitors with limited mobility or who are wheelchair bound will be allowed to use the ADA accessible entrance located under the stairwell on the South (Goodwin St) side of the courthouse. When exiting the building, the main exit will be located on the 2nd floor of the West side. Those on the first floor or with mobility issues can exit through the law library on the 1st floor of the South side. Signage will be placed around the building and plaza area to help direct visitors and employees. This temporary arrangement is expected to last until early November, when the entrances will be changed back to their original configurations. We appreciate your patience during this time and apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions, please contact Superior Court Administration at 928-771-3483 or Yavapai County Facilities Department at...    Read more...

PHONE SCAM ALERT

Jul 30, 2014 — PHONE SCAM ALERT! –SUSPECTS IMPERSONATING COURT OFFICERS/PROCESS SERVERS Over the last few days, suspects impersonating court officers have deluged the Prescott area with phone calls as part of an ongoing scam. One example occurred Monday involving a victim who received a call from a “process server” (suspect). The caller requested she confirm her address because two arrest warrants for failing to appear on a federal jury notice had been issued in her name. The suspect even identified a Prescott Superior Court Judge by name as the one who issued the warrants. The suspect demanded she arrange to pay the $1000 bond “right now.” The victim smartly questioned the validity of the call, did not comply, and verified with the local court that the call was a scam.    Read more...

Governor Jan Brewer Appoints Yavapai County Superior Court Judge

Dec 24, 2013 — PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer today appointed Patricia Trebesch to the Yavapai County Superior Court. “Ms. Trebesch brings a diverse professional career, a longstanding passion for public service and a strong commitment to enforcing the rule of law,” said Governor Brewer. “Her judicial demeanor and extensive legal background will be a valuable asset to the court and the community.” Ms. Trebesch has been a Yavapai County Superior Court Judge Pro Tempore since 2011, a role in which she presides over civil and domestic relations matters and is responsible for civil appeals from lower courts. She previously worked for the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, where she also served on eight committees regarding issues including case management, open meetings and domestic violence (1991-2011); was a research attorney with the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee (1989-91); and served as an attorney with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office (1987-88). In these roles, she practiced in the juvenile dependency, child welfare, child support, legislative and criminal areas. She also has significant trial, managerial and appellate experience and has argued in front of the Arizona Court of Appeals. Currently a member of the Arizona Judges Association, Ms. Trebesch also has served as Secretary of the Arizona Women Lawyers Association Charitable Foundation Board (2010); as President and Secretary/Treasurer of the Northern Arizona Women Lawyers Association (2007-2008); and as Rules Chair for the State Bar Juvenile Law Section (2007-2010). Ms. Trebesch also has trained dependency attorneys and judges (2000-10); presented to attorneys on matters of dependency, testimony, confidentiality and mental health issues; and conducted trainings for Arizona Department of Economic Security and Child Protective Services case managers and supervisors (1995-2000). In addition to receiving multiple awards from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for her trial and managerial work (1997-2000, 2008), Ms. Trebesch has earned the Advancing Women in the Profession award from the Arizona Women Lawyers Association (2009); Appreciation for Service award from the Arizona Supreme Court (2008); Jack Ogg Award for Community Service from the Yavapai County Bar Association (2007); and Arizona Leadership Honoree from the Hispanic National Bar Association (1994). Aside from her legal service, Ms. Trebesch has served on the Prescott High School Basketball Booster Club (2007-10); Yavapai County Community Advisory Board (2006-10); Prescott YMCA Board of Directors (2007-10); Prevent Child Abuse Arizona “Best for Babies” Think Tank (2005-10); and Arizona Foster Care Review Board (2006-10). Ms. Trebesch received both her undergrad degree in Political Science (1983) and law degree (1986) from the University of Arizona. Her appointment to the Yavapai County Superior Court was made to fill the vacancy created by the governor’s appointment of Judge Kenton Jones to the Arizona Court of...    Read more...

MACKEY NAMED TO NEW TERM AS PRESIDING JUDGE

Oct 15, 2013 — PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court has appointed the Honorable David L. Mackey to a new three-year term as Presiding Judge in Yavapai County. Presiding Judge Mackey was appointed to the Superior Court in Yavapai County in 2001 and became Presiding Judge in 2011. Judge Mackey is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. He started his career in private practice until joining the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office as a trial attorney before his appointment to the bench in 2001. Judge Mackey is Chairperson of the Committee on Superior Court that addresses issues impacting the Superior Courts throughout Arizona and is a member of the Arizona Judicial Council that serves as a board of directors for administrative issues impacting the entire state court system. Presiding Judges in Arizona take on extra duties and serve as the chief executive officer of the county courts, overseeing all aspects of court business. The Presiding Judge supervises case assignments, sets the court calendar and monitors performance of the courts to ensure that cases are processed in a timely manner. “Judge Mackey has demonstrated outstanding leadership by ensuring a fair and impartial justice system that protects the community, children, and families. I appreciate his willingness to continue serving Yavapai County Superior Court as its Presiding Judge.” stated Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court Rebecca White Berch. Judge Mackey looks forward to the completion of the Prescott Courthouse renovations that will allow the historic Courthouse to continue to serve the people of Yavapai County for years to come. He is most grateful for the support of the Board of Supervisors and looks forward to continuing a productive working relationship with elected and appointed officials in Yavapai...    Read more...