The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct disclosed this week that on Friday, June 10, 2022, it ruled that the educational requirements are satisfied as part of the reprimand order on judicial misconduct charges against Raymond Carroll, a judge in the Pima County Justice Court. The case is styled as ‘Notice of Completion of Education Requirements’ with case number #21-020.

The judge was charged with violating Rule 2.8(B) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which states:

A judge shall be patient, dignified, and courteous to litigants, jurors, witnesses, lawyers, court staff, court officials, and others with whom the judge deals in an official capacity, and shall require similar conduct of lawyers, court staff, court officials, and others subject to the judge’s direction and control.

The following are alleged and summarized from the filing.

Michelle Ortiz filed a complaint to the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct against Judge Raymond Carroll alleging that there were several incidents where he yelled and shouted profanities to his defendants and court employees from April 2020 through January 2021.

On August 2021, Judge Carroll submitted his response to the allegations where he denied the misconduct and stated that “emotions were high due to the COVID-19 pandemic” and that judging one’s “tone of voice is subjective.”

On November 12, 2021, The Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct released an order publicly reprimanding Judge Carroll after conducting an investigation and an interview with seven current and former employees. Additionally, he is also ordered to complete a training course that addresses leadership, management, and interpersonal skills with his subordinates within 6 months.

The order states:

“Judge Carroll subsequently completed an individualized training – Training Plan for Addressing Leadership and Management Skill Issues and Improvement of Interpersonal Communications with Subordinates (completed April 2022).

The Commission now deems the educational training component of the reprimand order issued on November 12, 2021, to be satisfied. “

The Judge’s Courtroom is located at 601 N. La Canada Dr. in Green Valley and can be reached at 520-222-0200.

A copy of the original filing can be found here