Hon. Jay M. Polk, Superior Court of Arizona for Maricopa County
From November 21, 2011, to April 7, 2017, he was assigned to the Family Court Department and served as the Associate Presiding Judge of Family Court Department for the Northeast Regional Court Center for approximately two of those years. Since April 10, 2017, Judge Polk has been the Associate Presiding Judge of the Probate and Mental Health Department.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Polk was in private practice. For nearly 20 years, he limited his practice to contested and uncontested matters relating to guardianships, conservatorships, decedents’ estates, the abuse or exploitation of vulnerable adults, and estate planning for modest estates. In addition, he served as a mediator and arbitrator, as a guardian ad litem for minor children and incapacitated adults, and as judge pro tempore. Between 1999 and 2011, Judge Polk also was an Arizona Licensed Fiduciary and, as such, served as a personal representative or special administrator for several estates, as well as the special conservator for an attorney.
Judge Polk is a frequent speaker on probate and family law matter. He was a co-managing editor of the 2014 edition of the Arizona Probate Code Practice Manual and was an associate editor of the 2000 edition of that publication. He also has severed on many committees of the State Bar of Arizona and has been actively involved in drafting legislation to improve Arizona’s probate laws. In addition, Judge Polk served on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Probate Rules Committee, which drafted the first set of statewide probate rules of procedure, and the Arizona Supreme Court’s Committee on Improving Judicial Oversight and Processing of Probate Court Matters, which proposed significant reforms to Arizona’s probate laws and rules. Between 2014 and 2015, Judge Polk assisted in created the Superior Court of Arizona for Maricopa County’s first-ever intelligent probate forms. Since 2011, he has been a member of the Fiduciary Board, which regulates Arizona professional fiduciaries. Judge Polk also has been a member of the Executive Board of the Arizona Judges Association since June 2014, having served as Secretary from June 2016 to June 2017 and currently serving as Vice President. In addition, he has been serving as a member of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (“PSPRS”) Advisory Committee since November 2016.