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2 Arizona judges fall below standards, 1 in Maricopa County

TUCSON, Ariz. -- An Arizona commission that reviews judges has found two in Pima and Maricopa counties do not meet judicial standards.

Catherine Woods, a juvenile court judge in Pima County Superior Court, and Benjamin Norris, a family court judge in Maricopa County, do not meet standards based on criteria such as communication, temperament, legal ability and others.

Woods said she will use the findings as guidance to improve her performance. Norris has not responded to requests for comment.

This is the first time since 2008 that a judge has not met standards. Only one other judge has done so since the commission was established in 1992, said Vanessa Haney, spokeswoman for the Arizona Judicial Performance Review Commission.

The commission surveys attorneys, witnesses and jurors and also holds public hearings to make assessments.

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