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Keith Frankel

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Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:12 am

I am honored to serve as the San Marcos Justice of the Peace. I promised to bring accountability, accessibility, responsibility and integrity to the Court. That commitment has now been delivered to the constituents of the San Marcos Justice Precinct.

I promised Accountability:

-- Implemented a responsibility program whereby defendants who have failed to fulfill the terms of their sentence are held accountable and required to attend an 8-hour cognitive education program. Successful completion entails providing the Court with a contract detailing how they will satisfy their sentence requirements.

I promised greater Accessibility:

-- Expanded the hours of the court to enable the implementation of a "night court" so that litigants could have access to small claims hearing times and civil traffic hearings later in the day.

-- Facilitated the issuing of marriage licenses at the regional courthouse when the City of Chandler discontinued this service.

I promised Quick Action:

-- Instituted a case management process resulting in more than 90% of all DUI cases being fully adjudicated in less than 180 days with the majority being adjudicated in 150 days or less. This process, developed by the San Marcos Justice Court, has been adopted by other Justice Courts in Maricopa County.

I promised Community Building:

-- Developed, in conjunction with Community Legal Services, the Good Tenant / Good Landlord program that in simple terms, explains the Arizona Residential Landlord Tenant Act.

-- Maintained copies of the Law making them available and accessible.

-- Implemented a ‘Turning 18 years old" program that is provided to seniors at Chandler High Schools. It covers information about the legal implications of turning 18 with regard to contracts and credit, criminal traffic, underage drinking and renting an apartment.

-- Negotiated with the YMCA to return Teen Court. a voluntary program designed to allow junior high and high school offenders charged with misdemeanors the chance to get their charges dismissed by admitting guilt and allowing a jury of their peers to decide the consequences. As the judge, I oversee the courtroom process and the YMCA insures compliance. A parent is required to attend the teen court session and assist with insuring the teen completes the program requirements. It has been extremely successful and proven to be a positive experience for all of the participants.

Limited Jurisdiction Courts such as the San Marcos Justice see the bulk of all cases filed in the State. It is important the Court be well managed, sensitive and responsive to the needs of the community and able to respond in a positive and proactive fashion. The Community deserves a judge who has the experience, background and training to insure the Court serves justice for all who come before it while meeting the needs of the community. I believe that I am that Judge and ask for your continued support. Thank you for allowing me to serve as your Justice of the Peace and with your vote I will continue to insure that the San Marcos Justice Court is one of the best courts in the State.

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