Maricopa County Justice Courts top judge quits

Maricopa County Justice Courts top judge quits

CREATED Apr. 30, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

PHOENIX, Ariz. (AP) - The presiding judge of the Maricopa County Justice Courts has quit.
   
Lester Pearce announced his resignation from the Justice Courts Bench on Monday.
   
In his resignation letter to the county Board of Supervisors, Pearce cited Rule 4.5 of the Arizona Code of Judicial Conduct. The rule states that a judge shall resign from judicial office upon becoming a candidate for a non-judicial elective office.
   
It wasn't immediately clear what elective office Pearce is a candidate. He has served on the Maricopa County Justice Court Bench since 1997.
   
Pearce was twice elected presiding judge - first serving from July 2001 through June 2002 and again from July 2010 up to his resignation.
   
Court officials say associate presiding Judge Clancy Jayne now will assume the duties of the presiding judge.

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