Reforming Arizona's justice of the peace system

June 12, 2013

There is a short list of qualifications to be a justice of the peace in Arizona. You must be a registered voter in the state. You must reside in the justice court precinct. You must understand the English language.

Some people think justices of the peace should also be required to have law degrees. Doris Marie Provine, ASU Professor Emerita, has done extensive research on the subject and said the law degree will no't make someone a good justice of the peace.

Arizona Republic columnist Bob Robb said the law degree should be a requirement. He also believes the process of electing JPs is too political.

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