AZ Justices of the Peace are Paid Well but Have Low Standards, Little Training


The Arizona Republic reports that Justices of the Peace, some of the most highly-paid officials in the state, receive little training for the job and face minimal requirements to hold office: although the justices affect people’s lives and pocketbooks, to be elected they merely have to be 18 years old, able to read and write English, and win election.

“The qualifications for justice of the peace should be more than being able to fog a mirror, but they’re not,” said Lex Anderson, a justice who is retiring after two decades in office. Efforts to toughen standards for the post have been hampered, however, because the career politicians whose action is required for reform often run for the office when they can no longer seek re-election due to term limits.


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