The Honorable J. Matias Tafoya has served as a Judge for 35 years. Prior to being appointed Presiding Judge of the Mesa Municipal Court, he was a trial judge for the Phoenix Municipal Court for over 19 years. Judge Tafoya has been a member of many professional organizations and has served on several Supreme Court committees to improve the administration of justice. He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Arizona State University in 1973. Judge Tafoya currently serves on the Arizona Supreme Court’s Limited Jurisdiction Courts Committee.