- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - The state’s largest trial court bench is getting a new top judge.

The Arizona Supreme Court has appointed Judge Janet Barton as presiding judge of Maricopa County Superior Court, which has more than 100 judges and commissioners.

Barton will assume the new position July 1. She’ll work alongside current Presiding Judge Norman Davis in the meantime.

Presiding judges serve as a court’s chief executive officer, overseeing case assignments and monitoring performances.

Barton was appointed a Superior Court judge in 2000 by then-Gov. Jane Hull. She’s served on the juvenile, civil, criminal and family court benches.

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