Judge Adam Watters has handled thousands of cases in his time as a Pima County Justice of the Peace. He has now been appointed as the Chief Administrative Judge and is serving his second term as the Presiding Judge at Pima County's Justice Courts, Arizona's busiest Justice Court system.
With 19 years of experience as a judge, Judge Watters was selected by his peers as the Presiding Judge of the Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts and as the Presiding Judge of the nationally recognized award-winning Domestic Violence Court. (See Below) He was also appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court's Committee on Domestic Violence in the Courts.
Prior to becoming the Presiding Judge at Pima County's Justice Courts, Adam Watters was a successful practicing attorney. Since becoming a Judge, he has built a reputation for being fair and just. He currently presides over one of the busiest courtrooms in the State of Arizona.
Judge Watters' specialty Domestic Violence Court is one of the busiest courtrooms in the State of Arizona. As part of his duties, the judge hears only Domestic Violence cases. Since 2016, a total of almost 6,000 Domestic Violence cases were arraigned or had their first hearing in this Court. The Court conducts about 20 trials and over 100 related hearings each week,
The Court was created 10 years ago, and specifically deals with DV cases involving alleged repeat offenders, cases involving elderly victims, minor victims, dangerous weapons and strangulation. Those convicted in the Court may lose their right to own or possess a firearm and typically face 180 days in jail for each charge.
The Judge attended specialized training to properly run the DV Court. He regularly attends seminars on DV as it relates to the community and the Court and is a member of the Arizona Supreme Court's Committee on Domestic Violence in the Courts, which studies the impact Domestic Violence has on the legal system and vice versa.