Division 7 Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Lambert has been selected to handle cases formerly assigned to the now-retired Division 3 Judge Steve Conn. Transitioning Lambert from domestic relations and probate matters to criminal cases makes sense, said Presiding Judge Charles Gurtler.
“I think that Judge Lambert is an excellent choice for stepping in to handle Judge Conn’s caseload,” Gurtler said. “He comes from the county attorney’s office where he prosecuted felony matters, so he’s in a very unique position to be able to come in and hit the ground running so to speak.”
Gurtler said for months he’s been thinking about changing the caseloads of the local judiciary to comply with a requirement that Judges rotate to become experienced in all civil and criminal matters. Accordingly, Lambert is immediately rotating from mostly civil matters to mostly criminal matters.
Gurtler said Judge Richard Weiss will assume more criminal cases as of July 31 while he will drop dependency cases from his calendar. Once the Governor appoints a successor to Steve Conn, Gurtler intends to transfer Division 3 to Lake Havasu where it will hear mostly civil cases.
Gurtler said the county will use retired La Paz County Superior Court Judge Sam Vederman to work part time on Judge Lambert’s former caseload until rotation assignments are completed for the fulltime county judiciary.