|Current Court Information:|
|Coconino County Superior Court, Arizona|
|Appointed by:||Gov. Jan Brewer|
|Succeeded by:||Cathleen Nichols|
|Past post:||Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office|
Joseph Lodge was a judge on the Coconino County Superior Court in Arizona. He was appointed by Governor Jan Brewer in 2010 to fill a newly created position in Division 5. His expired in December 2012.
After graduating from law school, Lodge was a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Army from 1981 to 1989. In 1989, he joined the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he has served since. 
On December 9, 2012, Judge Lodge was pulled over after swerving into oncoming traffic and arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. The following day Lodge was reassigned to non-judicial duties until his term expired on December 31, 2012.
Lodge intended to run for re-election to the Coconino County Superior Court and would have faced Cathleen Nichols in the August 28th primary. However, the Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that his name will not appear on the ballot. Details below
- Main article: Arizona judicial elections, 2012 - Superior Courts
Invalid petition signatures
- "Electors signing Mr. Lodge's petitions would not know by reading the petition what office within the Superior Court he was a candidate for. And even if they somehow knew he was seeking the office of Superior Court Judge, they would still not know which division he was a candidate for." - Judge Michael R. Bluff
The lower court's ruling was upheld by Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch, writing for the Arizona Supreme Court. As a result, Judge Lodge's name will not appear on the August 28th primary ballot, leaving Cathleen Nichols as the sole candidate for the Division 5 position.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 East Valley Living, "Appointment of Superior Court Judge in Coconino County," December 15, 2010
- ↑ Associated Press, "Arizona county judge Joseph Lodge arrested on DUI charges," December 12, 2012
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Daily Sun, "County judge off ballot?," June 27, 2012
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Arizona Daily Sun, "Judge's name thrown off primary ballot," June 28, 2012