The Gilbert Municipal Court has three judges, one commissioner, several pro tempore judges, and an administrative staff to help meet customer needs efficiently:
Presiding Judge, David Cutchen
Judge, James Dunham
Judge, Nicole Laurin
Judge, Alison Ferrante
Commissioner, Bruce Owens
Court Administrator, Adam Walterson
Deputy Court Administrator, Susan Holliefield
Gilbert judges are appointed by the Gilbert Town Council to serve a two-year term. All Arizona judges must follow the Rules of the Arizona Supreme Court, the Canons of Judicial Ethics, the Arizona Revised Statutes and corresponding case law interpreting those statutes, and both the United States and Arizona Constitutions, among other legal requirements.
Under the judicial ethics rules, judges are not permitted to discuss pending cases with litigants unless both parties are present in the courtroom or are given a chance to respond.
To bring an issue about a pending case to the judge's attention, please file a written motion with the Court so that the judge can address the issue appropriately. Urgent matters should be faxed and marked as urgent. Your written motion will be put before the appropriate judge and you will receive a written ruling back from the judge in the mail. Some motions take longer for the judge to rule upon than others, for a variety of reasons. If your motion relates to a criminal case, you should also mail a copy of your motion to the Gilbert Town Prosecutor, 55 E Civic Center Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85296, so that they may respond to your motion in a timely manner.
Each judge has a senior clerk assigned to him or her. Although the senior clerks are often in the courtroom with the judge during business hours, you may leave a message for a specific judge's clerk by calling the main court line at 480-635-7800 and asking to be directed to a specific judge's senior clerk. If your concern can be lawfully and timely answered by phone, you may receive a call back, but faxing a written motion is also strongly advised, to ensure the most efficient service.
If you disagree with a judge’s orders, in many cases you may file an appeal to a higher court. Information about how to appeal can be found in the Arizona Judicial Branch website.
To make an ethical complaint about a judge or any member of the Court staff, please mail your written comments to the Court's mailing address, to the attention of the Presiding Judge or Court Administrator. Formal judicial complaints may also be filed with the Commission on Judicial Conduct.