New home for Clarkdale Magistrate Court beginning July 2
CLARKDALE – Following the appointment of Verde Valley Justice of the Peace William Lundy as the Clarkdale Town Magistrate, and execution of an agreement between Clarkdale and Yavapai County, the Clarkdale Magistrate Court will officially open its doors in its new location at 10 S. 6th Street in Cottonwood July 2.
According to a news release from Clarkdale Town Manager Gayle Mabery, the move follows the Clarkdale Town Council’s discussions over the past 10 years about the advantages of some type of shared court services for the Clarkdale Magistrate Court.
Those discussions came to fruition in the past six months when the Clarkdale and Yavapai County decided to move forward with a collaboration that allows for the co-location of the Clarkdale Magistrate Court and the Verde Valley Justice Court.
Under the co-location agreement, the Clarkdale Magistrate Court will retain its legal identity, and is simply co-located and operating out of a shared facility.
Thanks to the remodeling of the space that was undertaken by the Yavapai County Facilities Department as part of the agreement, customers will interact with Clarkdale Magistrate Court staff from a shared lobby, which has separate customer service windows for both the Clarkdale Magistrate Court and the Verde Valley Justice Court.
The two courts will share courtroom space, prosecuting and defense attorney space, and other common spaces. Clarkdale Magistrate Court employees remain employees of the Town of Clarkdale, and Judge Lundy is under contract as the Clarkdale magistrate.
To facilitate the packing and movement of all files, computers and other court equipment, the Clarkdale Magistrate Court is closed through June 29.
“The Clarkdale Magistrate Court appreciates the understanding of their patrons during this week’s closure, and looks forward to being back to providing full service at their new location on Monday, July 2, 2018,” said Mabery.
For more information about the Clarkdale Magistrate Court, visit the Town of Clarkdale’s website at www.clarkdale.az.gov