KINGMAN – Mohave Superior Court Judge Charles Gurtler has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Arizona to replace a judge who recused himself in the pending civil case of Jeffrey Hamblen vs. Winslow Memorial Hospital.
The case is scheduled for oral arguments May 9 at the Supreme Court in Phoenix.
Judge Andrew Gould, newly appointed to the Supreme Court last year, has a conflict with the case, and Gurtler was appointed to take his place.
“This assignment recognizes the skill land respect Judge Gurtler has acquired and highlights the face he is uniquely qualified to assist the court in this matter,” Mohave County Superior Court Administrator Kip Anderson said.
The judge looks forward to serving the citizens of Arizona at the Supreme Court, Anderson added.
Gurtler will have the same powers and duties of a Justice of the Supreme Court while hearing the case.
The assignment is in addition to his regular duties as Presiding Judge for Mohave County Superior Court. Gurtler’s current cases include civil matters filed in Bullhead City, probates, guardianships, conservatorships and juvenile delinquency cases.
A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a double major in history and political science, Gurtler earned his Juris Doctorate degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego in 1985.
He was appointed by the Arizona Supreme Court as judge pro tempore with the juvenile division in 1994, and served until elected as judge of Mohave County Superior Court Division 1 in 2002.