Rim country residents are invited to an open house at the Payson courthouse Feb. 18 to welcome Judge Dorothy Little to the bench in her new role as justice of the peace.
Little was sworn in by the Honorable Robert Duber, II, Superior Court Presiding Judge, Dec. 17, 2004, at the Gila County Courthouse in Globe.
The Gila County Board of Supervisors appointed Little to fulfill the duration of recently retired Judge Ronnie McDaniel's term. Judge Little was not able to attend the official swearing-in of all newly elected candidates in January, as she was attending the two-week New Judge Orientation (NJO) training required by the Arizona Supreme Court.
In April she will attend another NJO class to complete that training.
Judge Little has been employed in the Payson Regional Justice Court for 18 years, serving as its chief clerk and associate magistrate for the town of Payson for the past 14 years. She was also a justice of the peace pro tempore for 11 years.
During her time with the court, Little has served on several statewide committees, including those for the Arizona Revised Statutes Title 28 rewrite, the first Orders of Protection/ Injunctions Against Harassment Forms, the Judicial Staff Education Committee, the Civil Traffic Procedure Manual, and the Financial Process Committee for the court's case management software program.
The open house at Payson Regional Courts will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 at the courthouse, 714 S. Beeline Highway, Suite #103, in Payson. The open house will be an opportunity for the public to meet Judge Little and to learn about the services provided by the court.