Hon. Rosa Mroz, in the February 2005 Arizona Attorney Magazine

Hon. Rosa Mroz, in the February 2005 Arizona Attorney Magazine

There has been ample coverage of the probate court in Maricopa County over the past few years. That’s why good news—and equal time—require that we note a national honor that has come to that court.

This week, the National Association of Court Management awarded Maricopa County Superior Court’s Probate Court with the 2013 Justice Achievement Award. According to a Superior Court news release, the award recognizes comprehensive reform efforts of judicial officers, administrators and court staff over the last three years.

Congratulations to all involved, and especially to Probate Presiding Judge Rosa Mroz (whom we profiled here in Arizona Attorney Magazine).

Here is the court’s news release:

After three years of comprehensive reform, Maricopa County Superior Court’s Probate Court has positioned itself as one of the top probate courts in the Nation.

The National Association of Court Management (NACM), the largest organization of court management professionals in the world, awarded Superior Court’s Probate Court with the 2013 Justice Achievement Award.

Superior Court Presiding Judge Norman Davis said, “It is clear that over the past few years the Maricopa County Probate Court has experienced significant reform and innovation under the able leadership of Probate Presiding Judge Rosa Mroz.  The process of improvement is by its nature perpetual, and the Maricopa County Superior Court has always, and will continue to, strive for excellence in providing the public with the best judicial system possible. My sincere thanks to all who were – and are – involved in the Probate Court system improvements and other reform initiatives.”

The award recognizes the tremendous efforts made by the judicial officers, administrators and court staff that helped transform Probate Court. During the last three years, Probate Court developed a new case management protocol with case differentiation, expanded use of ADR, created a new accountability court, improved communication and information flow between administrative oversight personnel and judicial officers and implemented public education programs and videos.

“The reform and innovations made by the Probate Court could not have happened without the support and dedication of everyone in the department.  They not only implemented these changes, they embraced it.  The common goal of everyone who works in the Probate Court is to serve and protect people unable to care for themselves.  The Probate Court will continue to examine itself and make improvements in furtherance of that goal,” Probate Presiding Judge Rosa Mroz.

The Court will accept the award at the NACM Annual Conference on July 15.

The Justice Achievement Award was established in 1988 to recognize outstanding achievement and meritorious projects that enhance the administration of justice.

In 2010, Superior Court received a Justice Achievement Award for the re-design of its CASA website.