- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Maricopa County Superior Court Judge James Beene has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the Arizona Court of Appeals.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced his appointment of Beene to the appeals court on Monday morning.

Beene served as a Superior Court judge for seven years and worked previously for the Maricopa County Attorney’s office and Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Ducey says Beene has a strong record as a judge and brings a range of experience to his new job.

Beene was appointed to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Maurice Portley.

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