Reappointment of Incumbent Magistrate Judge Deborah M. Fine - Comments Period Now Closed

The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Deborah M. Fine at Phoenix, Arizona, is due to expire on May 3, 2023. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight year term.

The duties of a magistrate judge in this court include the following:

conduct of most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases;
trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases;
conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge; and
trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court. All comments will be kept confidential. Comments must be received by September 30, 2022, and may be submitted via email to commentsDMF@azd.uscourts.gov or by mail or in person to:

Debra D. Lucas
District Court Executive/Clerk of Court
Sandra Day O'Connor U.S. Courthouse
401 W. Washington, Suite 130, SPC 1
Phoenix, AZ 85003