Commission nominates 6 for Arizona appeals court

PHOENIX (AP) — Three judges and three other attorneys have been nominated for appointment by Gov. Doug Ducey to fill a state Court of Appeals opening.

The nominees recommended by the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments include Mohave County Superior Court Judge Rick Williams, Commissioner Joseph Goldstein and Judge Pro Tem Christopher Kottke, both of Yavapai County Superior Court.

The other nominees are Prescott attorney Andrew Becke, Chandler lawyer Veronika Fabian and Brian Furuya, a deputy county attorney for Coconino County.

The opening in the Phoenix-based division of the Court of Appeals was created by the retirement of Judge Kenton Jones.

The division hears cases arising in Apache, Coconino, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Yavapai and Yuma counties.