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Santa Cruz County Courts
2160 N. Congress Dr.
Nogales, AZ 85621

Justice of the Peace Precinct 2
3147 State Route 83
Sonoita, AZ

 

 

 

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Superior Court Division 1

Honorable James A. Soto

Judge James A. Soto was appointed to the Superior Court in Santa Cruz County, Division One, in 2001.  He currently serves as Presiding Superior Court Judge in Santa Cruz County.

Judge Soto earned his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University in 1971 and his law degree from Arizona State University in 1975.  He began his professional career in Nogales in 1975 with the late Nasib Karam.  From 1979 to 1991, he was a law partner with the late E. Leigh Larson with the firms of Larson and Soto, Larson, Soto and Machado, Larson, Soto and Arana.  From 1992 to 2001, he was a shareholder in Soto, Coogan and Martin, P.C.

Since his appointment to the Superior Court in Santa Cruz County in 2001, Judge Soto has served on numerous Arizona Supreme Court committees including the Commission on Technology, the Committee on the Superior Court, which he chaired from 2006 to 2011, the Arizona Judicial Council, and the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence.  Judge Soto has also served as a panelist on the Arizona Supreme Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division Two in Tucson.

Honorable James A. Soto

Superior Court Division 2

Honorable Anna M. Montoya-Paez

A long standing resident of Santa Cruz County, Anna Montoya-Paez has been practicing law since 1990.  Judge Montoya-Paez received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and her law degree – both from the University of Arizona.  Prior to taking the bench as the first female Judge elected to the Santa Cruz County Superior Court, Judge Montoya-Paez spent 11 years defending clients in various legal categories.  Her practice encompassed, but was not limited to, Litigation, Domestic Relations, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Estate Planning and Probate, handling cases in both State and Federal Courts.

She was honored with the Athena Award, the Nogales/Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Award for outstanding Business Woman of the Year.  Judge Montoya-Paez has served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Club, Zonta and the Woman’s Club.  She has given of her time by volunteering for the GEAR-UP Program, We the People Program, Southern Arizona Law Enforcement Center, Zonta’s Girls Leadership Training, Desert Shadows Middle School Band Boosters, Nogales High School Band Boosters and Santa Cruz County Advocates for the Arts. She also has been asked to speak before various civic groups. 

Judge Montoya-Paez also has been a guest speaker at the Arizona Women Lawyer’s Association State Convention, the annual conference of the Arizona Association of Family Conciliation Court, American Bar Association annual conference and has participated at the National Association of Latino Elected Official’s Institute.  She was appointed by Governor Napolitano to serve on the Juvenile Task Forces and appointed by the Supreme Court to serve on the Commission of Victim’s Rights.

Judge Montoya-Paez is currently serving her fourth term as Superior Court Judge of Santa Cruz County.  Her husband is Raul Paez, a local business owner.  The couple has three children.

Honorable Anna M. Montoya-Paez

Judge Pro Tempore

Honorable Kimberly A. Corsaro

Judge Kimberly Corsaro has served as a juvenile court judge for Santa Cruz County since 1994.  She currently serves as Presiding Juvenile Court Judge and IV-D Commissioner.

Judge Corsaro participated as an exchange student to Mexico in 1971 through a Sister City Program with Manhattan Beach, California and Culiacan, Sinaloa.  She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish and Art from University of the Pacific in 1981.  During law school Judge Corsaro attended the Mexican Legal Studies Program at the University of Houston Law Center at La Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Western State College of Law in 1986.  She practiced law in Los Angeles and Orange counties in California before moving to Arizona in 1992.

Judge Corsaro currently serves on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Juvenile Courts and the Committee on Probation.  She previously served two terms on the Committee on Child Support.
Honorable Kimberly A. Corsaro

Clerk of Superior Court

Juan Pablo Guzman

 

 

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Juan Pablo Guzman

Superior Court Administrator

Diane Culin (McGinnis)

Mrs. Culin came to the Superior Court of Arizona in Santa Cruz County in February 2012.  She has over 30 years of Arizona Court experience; 12 years in the role of a Chief Executive Officer in the justice systems in Pima County and Pinal County making careers in both the Adult Probation and Juvenile and Family Court systems, respectively.   She possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management.  She has served as a management consultant to other court programs in the states of California, Colorado, Indiana, North Dakota, New Jersey and Texas.

Mrs. Culin has also served on several local, state and national committees and organizations charged with improving the operations of the justice systems at all levels.  She has been instrumental in the funding development, design and construction of several new county and court buildings.  She has facilitated positive changes in organizational data reporting from the traditional data reporting process of measuring activities to helping organizations identify and appreciate meaningful outcome-based measures of their performance. 
Diane McGinnis

Chief Probation Officer

Primitivo Romero III

Primitivo “Tivo” Romero III serves as the county’s Chief Probation Officer. He was appointed to said position in July 2007 by the Honorable James A. Soto. Tivo has worked for the Probation Department since February 1991. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and his master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. Tivo is a member of the National Association of Probation Executives and the Arizona Chief Probation Officers Association. He serves on various committees and workgroups, at the state level, and is committed to ensuring probation practices in Santa Cruz County are evidence based and carried out by a work force that is professional, competent and resolute in its desire to help people.

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Primitivo “Tivo” Romero III

Justice Courts Precinct #1

Honorable Mary Helen Maley

Mary Helen Maley has served in the Justice Court since 1993. In 2009 she was appointed as a judge pro temp in the Superior Court. Judge Maley practiced law in Pennsylvania and Arizona. She served as the Town Prosecutor for Patagonia, Arizona and as City Attorney for Nogales, Arizona. Before law school, Judge Maley earned a Master’s Degree in Education and taught school in St. Louis, Memphis and Philadelphia. She has completed the coursework for a Master’s Degree in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada/Reno and the National Judicial College. She is completing her thesis on the Circles of Peace, a restorative justice domestic violence treatment program in Santa Cruz County. Judge Maley teaches new judges for the Arizona Supreme Court’s Judicial College and serves as a mentor for new judges.

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Honorable Mary Helen Maley

Justice Courts Precinct #2

Honorable Keith Barth

Keith D. Barth was elected to serve as Justice of the Peace for Precinct #2 in 2007.  In 2011 Judge Barth was honored by an appointment to the Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Courts by Chief Justice Rebecca Berch.

Judge Barth began serving the public in 1983 when he was hired as a Deputy Marshal for the Town of Patagonia.  In 1986 he took a position with the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff.  During his 17 year career with the Cochise County Sherriff’s Office he worked in many areas of the department including SWAT ,  Search and Rescue and as a General Instructor.  In 2002 Keith was hired as the Marshal of Patagonia and served the town until 2006.

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Honorable Keith Barth