Honorable David L. Mackey
Judge of Division 1
Judge Mackey is married to Peggy and they have three children. He is a native of Arizona. He was born in Phoenix and attended Northern Arizona University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors. He attended the University of Arizona School of Law and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1982.
He was admitted to the Arizona and Federal Bar in 1983 and began the general private practice of law in Tucson. He moved to Prescott in 1986 and continued in private practice until joining the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office in 1988. He was a trial attorney with the County Attorney’s Office for thirteen years and a supervising trial attorney for his last six years with the County Attorney’s Office. He served as a volunteer judge for the Prescott Teen Court Program from 1995 to 2008.
He has been an active member in the community with organizations including the Prescott YMCA and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He is currently an active member of the Prescott Sun Up Rotary Club.
In December 2001, Governor Hull appointed Judge Mackey to Division 1 of the Yavapai County Superior Court. Since January 1, 2002, Judge Mackey has served as a Judge in both Yavapai County’s Verde Valley Judicial District and Prescott Courthouse. He was elected to serve a four-year term in November 2002 and re-elected in November 2006 as well as November 2010.
Since he was appointed, he has presided over probate, civil, domestic, criminal and juvenile cases. He has served as Presiding Judge of the Conciliation Court where he oversaw marriage counseling services and mediation services for people involved in domestic relations cases in Yavapai County. He currently presides over juvenile dependency cases as well as probate and mental health cases.
In 2006, he was appointed by then Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor to serve on the Probate Rules Committee for the State. The rules proposed by the committee became effective January 1, 2009 and are intended to make the probate process more uniform throughout the State as well as ease court access for individuals without attorneys.
In 2007, he was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court’s Committee on Superior Court. That committee addresses statewide issues that impact the Superior Court. He was reappointed to that committee in 2010 and now is chairman of that committee.
Judge Mackey has taught other judicial officers about probate issues while serving as a faculty member for the 2007 and 2011 Judicial Conference as well as the 2007 General Jurisdiction New Judge Orientation. He was a faculty member for the National Business Institute’s Fall 2009 seminar entitled “What Civil Court Judges Want You To Know” and Spring 2010 seminar entitled “What Probate Court Judges Want You To Know”.
In May 2010, Judge Mackey was appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch to serve on the Supreme Court’s Committee On Improving Judicial Oversight And Processing of Probate Court Matters. He was chairperson of the workgroup established to examine the issue of minor to adult guardianships. The committee’s goals included improving judicial oversight for cases involving vulnerable individuals throughout the State. Many of the recommendations of that committee have been adopted as court rules and through legislation.
Chief Justice Berch appointed Judge Mackey as Presiding Judge of the Yavapai County Superior Court effective January 7, 2011. He also serves as Presiding Juvenile Court Judge. As Presiding Judge, he oversees the administration of all courts in Yavapai County. In March 2012, Judge Mackey began serving on the Arizona Judicial Council. The Council assists the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice in the development and implementation of policies and procedures for the administration of the state’s courts. He also currently serves on the Arizona Committee on Juvenile Courts.