Alley, the rescue dog, makes the best pet - The Peoria Times - Donald Watts
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Get back up – you’ll be stronger for it - The Peoria Times - Donald Watts
September 23rd, 2016 - A short time ago, a young lady came before me and requested to have her driver’s license reinstated. She went on to tell me she just got out of prison after serving several years for a DUI. She told me how disappointed she was in the choices she had made in years past - and how very happy she was to be out of prison. Read More
Do a good turn daily - The Peoria Times - Donald Watts
August 5th, 2016 - Judge Miles Keegan and I were asked earlier this year to co-chair the Boards of Review (BOR) for those young men in the Lake Pleasant District that have completed the rigorous requirements to become Eagles in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The rank of Eagle is the highest award given by the BSA.
Both Judge Keegan and I are proud to be Eagle Scouts. Each of us has a reminder in our chambers of the Oath, Law and Motto that we took to become Eagle Scouts. Read More
Photo radar: Judges are not above the law - The Glendale Star - Donald Watts
July 7th, 2016 - I was driving to work the other day and saw a white flash. You know, the kind you see when you go through a photo radar zone a little too fast. I looked on each side of me, thinking that surely, it took a photo of someone else.
Nope, no one on either side of me; I was all alone..... Read More
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Are emails and texts evidence? - The Peoria Times - Donald Watts
October 28th, 2016 - Are emails and texts evidence? This question is more difficult than it seems. The answer is: on a bad day, no; on a good day, maybe. I would suggest that you not base your case on texts or emails.
There are many issues with using texts or e-mails as an exhibit in a courtroom. The biggest is how you prove who sent the text? The text shows the phone number the text was sent from; an e-mail shows the account it came from. In both cases, it does not show who actually typed the information. Read More
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Got 10 minutes for a vet? - The Peoria Times - Donald Watts
November 25th, 2016 - A few months ago, I wrote an article about a referral service that offers 36,000 different programs to Arizona residents called “Arizona 211.” I still pass out this information from my bench and have received many positive comments.
I am pleased to share that even some of the landlords are giving this information out to their tenants. This month, it was my pleasure to attend the official launch of a new program sponsored by Arizona 211, it’s called “Vets’ community connections.” Read More
High-occupancy rules are very strict, can be costly if broken - The Peoria Times- Donald Watts - April 8th, 2016 - Read More
Make your wedding special, even in justice court - The Glendale Star - Donald Watts
July 20th, 2016 - After a long day on the bench, I look forward to doing something I enjoy, like performing weddings. It was a big surprise for me to see how seldom people get dressed up for weddings in the courtroom. On one occasion, the couple literally came into the court in the same clothes they had worn while working in the yard that day.
As a teenager I helped my mom with her wedding catering business. Read More
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There are scorpions among us - The Peoria Times - Donald Watts
September 30th, 2016 - Recently, I received a phone call from my wife and could tell right away that she was stressed; she told me she had just been stung by a scorpion. Of course, both of us were immediately concerned and she asked what she should do.
She was surprised when I told her to call the Poison Control Center. Read More
Caveat Emptor means beware before you buy - The Glendale Star - Donald Watts
November 10th, 2016 - The term “caveat emptor” is a Latin term that began in the 16th century. Today, we use the phrase “let the buyer beware.” It simply means that when purchasing something, the buyer is responsible to make sure the item being purchased meets one’s standard.
Each month, my court hears several cases about buyers not paying for the items they purchased. The few reasons for not paying include: I lost my job, I have medical bills and the seller did not tell me about the damage. While these are all unfortunate situations, they are not necessarily legal defenses.Read More
A call from a student ends with lesson on justices of the peace - The Glendale Star - Donald Watts
August 25th, 2016 - A few weeks ago, I received a message from my staff, informing me there was a young lady who was working on her Doctorate in Natural Medicine, and she had accepted an extra credit assignment to interview a Justice of the Peace. I called her back and introduced myself. As the interview continued, she became more and more interested in what a Justice of the Peace does. Like most people, she was unaware of our responsibilities. Read More
Veterans receive help through Stand Up and Stand Down - The Glendale Star- Donald Watts - February 11th, 2016 - Read More
Community Information and Referral Service a helpful resource - The Glendale Star - Donald Watts
August 9th, 2016 - Each week, people come into my courtroom, who are not really sure how to present their case, or where to go for legal advice if needed, or, what to do if they need help feeding their family.
In Arizona, we have many places people can go for help, when they’re in need. However, finding the right help can be challenging. That is why I often refer people in my courtroom to call 2-1-1, or go to the webpage www.211arizona.org/, where they can learn about numerous places that will help them. Read More
Be prepared: Create your Emergency Book - The Peoria Times - Donald Watts
June 24th, 2016 - Recently, I received a call from a close friend that none of us wants to get. It seemed she was having a medical emergency and needed some quick advice. Based on her symptoms and the way she was presenting, I told her she needed to call 911. Read More
Glendale Stand Up for Veterans a worthwhile endeavor - The Glendale Star - Donald Watts
October 14th, 2016 - The Glendale “Stand Up for Veterans” event at Glendale Community College was even bigger and better than last year. I am pleased to share that I played a small part of it. The Stand Up is an opportunity to bring together many services for our veterans, such as: legal advice, municipal courts, justice courts, community service for fines, MVD, job interviews, help preparing resumes, higher education opportunities, social services and haircuts. Read More