The Holbrook Justice Court handles misdemeanor criminal cases, civil traffic, felony initial appearances and preliminary hearings, orders of protection/harassment, evictions, and civil matters of $10,000 or less. The Precinct One Justice Court serves the communities of Holbrook, Joseph City, Perkins Valley, Woodruff, Sun Valley, Adamana and the Navajo Reservation areas of Indian Wells, Greasewood, White Cone, and Jeddito.
Evelyn Marez has served as the Justice of the Peace for Precinct One since 2011. Judge Marez also serves as the Holbrook City Magistrate. In 2014 Judge Marez was elected as Presiding Judge of the Navajo County Justice Courts. Judge Marez comes to the bench with 30 years experience in criminal justice. Her position as Director of Victim Services for the Navajo County Attorney brings ten years of experience in legal research and grant, budget, and office administration. Her previous 20 years of criminal justice employment brings invaluable experience with a variety of cases including civil, criminal, domestic relations, and juvenile. Having worked closely with many Superior Court Judges, Marez has a thorough understanding of court operations. Judge Marez believes the most important lesson she has learned in 30 years is the importance of serving the public in a professional, helpful, and friendly manner. She is a member of the Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Victims in the Courts, and the Vice President of the Petrified Forest Museum Association. Previously, Judge Marez has served as president of the Arizona Coalition of Victim Services, and as a member of the Citizens Advisory Council for the Holbrook School District, Holbrook Women’s Civic Club, Navajo County Interagency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect, Arizona Sexual Assault Network, and Navajo County Coalition for Domestic Violence.