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  Agenda Item No. H.1.e.       
Meeting Date: 08/02/2021  
Item Requested By: Rosa Garcia-Marquez
Staff Contact: Rosa Garcia-Marquez
Contact Phone Number: 928-668-0527  
Type of Agenda Item: Consent, Includes Contract Agreement, New Business
STRATEGIC PLAN
This project addresses the below Priority Area(s) and relates to the listed Specific Initiative(s):
Not Applicable
 
Effect of Yes or No Votes:
A "yes" vote will allow the court to conduct regular court business as usual without a delay in court dates or a litigant's access to justice in any type of cases when the presiding judge is not available.

A "no" vote will delay a litigant's access to justice by delaying response to a request. This can cause suspensions of driving privilege and an active warrant to remain active for a longer period of time.

AGENDA ITEM:
Consideration and Action regarding the Renewal of Professional Services Agreements for Judges Pro Tempore and increase pay rate from $50.00 an hour to $60.00 an hour, to cover the Town Court when the Town Magistrate is not available and allow the Town Court to participate in two Veteran Events - Rosa Garcia-Marquez, Court Administrator
BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Town Code Article 6-5 Judges Pro Tempore allows the Court to recommend a list of qualified Judges Pro Tempore for Council's approval. The Council may appoint them in a temporary full-time or part-time basis to cover the court when the Presiding Judge is not available. The code allows the Presiding Judge to submit a list of competent Judges Pro Tempore. A copy of the Town Code is attached for your review.

The Court is requesting an increase in pay in order to obtain the best qualified Judge Pro Tempore's. With the current pay rate it is hard to find qualified candidates that are willing to drive to Wickenburg. There has not been a raise since 2013 when this item first came to Council by the current administration and this is one of the lowest, if not the lowest pay rates for Judges Pro Tempore in the State. The Court would like to increase the pay rate from $50.00 an hour to $60.00 an hour to better reflect market conditions.

The Court has been updating the list of Pro Tempores every two (2) years with fewer names on the list. By updating the list, it ensures that there is coverage when needed if the Presiding Judge is away in mandatory training, is sick or has a vacation day. This has allowed the court to have well qualified, knowledgeable and well-trained individuals to cover the court when in session and rule on cases. The new list is attached for your review.

The Court is also requesting approval for the Court to participate in the Stand-Up for Veteran's event hosted by the Glendale City Court and the Maricopa County Stand Down Event. This allows the court to participate along with the other city courts around Arizona to have cases heard on behalf of the Wickenburg Town Court. Once the event date gets nearer, the Court will issue an Administrative Order assigning a specific judge as identified by the lead organizer of the event.
 
The purpose of these events is for veteran's to complete community service for eligible court cases or receive direction on what steps to take, if not eligible for community service. Veterans who participate also have access to medical, legal and several other services provided by participating groups. Some services are also available for family members.

Most municipal courts participate in these events and the Town Court would like to continue to be part of these events. No flyers are available as they are not issued until the event is closer to the date. The Glendale event will be held in October this year and a date for the Maricopa County Event has not been confirmed.

Staff is recommending Council to approve contracts for the two Pro Tempores listed with a pay rate increase from $50.00 to $60.00. The cost of Pro Tempores coverage was included in the court's budget for this fiscal year. The contracts are for a period of two years, with dates of September 3, 2021, to September 3, 2023, and approval for the Town Court to participate in the two Veterans Events.
 
SUGGESTED MOTION:
I move to approve the renewal of contracts for Judges Pro Tempore with an increased pay rate from $50.00 an hour to $60.00 an hour, to cover the Town Court when the Town Magistrate is not available and authorize the Town Court to participate in two Veteran Events.

Fiscal Impact
Total Funding Request: $2,400.00
Is it Included in the Budget Yes/No: Yes
GL Account #: 100-125-125-60305
One-Time Expenditure of Funds Yes/No: No
Amount of Annual Expenditure of Funds: $2,400.00
Is Quote/Bid Information Included Yes/No: No
Attachments
Article 6-5
Judge Adornetto Pro Tem Contract
Judge Wooten Pro Tem Contract

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Form Review
Form Started By: Rosa Garcia-Marquez Started On: 06/23/2021 09:26 AM
Final Approval Date: 07/27/2021

    

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