Darrow returns to Prescott, Trebesch takes Verde bench

CAMP VERDE - It's something like musical chairs, but in the case of the Yavapai Superior Court, it's a bench.

Judge Warren Darrow who has presided over the Pro-tem B Division in Camp Verde for six years and became nationally known overseeing the James Arthur Ray case, will be moved to Prescott, effective Monday.

At the direction of Presiding Judge David Mackey, Darrow will trade places with Judge Patricia Trebesch of Division Pro-tem A.

Court Administrator Deborah Schaeffer says Yavapai County has 10 divisions, including three in the Verde Valley, but Judge Bluff is the only one who lives in the Verde Valley, so others drive.

Trebesch was appointed to the Yavapai Superior Court in July.

She graduated from the University of Arizona law school in 1986 and worked for the Maricopa Public Defender's Office and the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee.

She then worked for the Arizona Attorney General's Office for two decades, rising to Section Chief Counsel for Protective Services Division, overseeing 175 employees statewide.

But there is one more change.

Trebesch will not handle the heavy criminal caseload of Judge Darrow. Darrow carried 80 percent of the Verde Valley criminal cases. Those will be exchanged with Judge Michael Bluff, who has shouldered a heavy civil case load in the past, now Bluff will oversee most criminal cases.

Judge Jennifer Campbell was assigned to Division 2 in the Verde earlier this year.

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