Judge Angela R. Kircher was appointed to the Coconino County Superior Court, Juvenile Division, on March 1, 2019. Born in Arizona, Judge Kircher moved with her family to Denver, Colorado, then to Boise, Idaho where she graduated from Capital High School in 1991. Judge Kircher returned to Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Social Work. As a social worker, Judge Kircher worked with hospice patients and families facing challenges related to death and dying before entering law school at the University of Idaho, College of Law in 2001.
In 2004, Judge Kircher worked as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Larry M. Boyle in the United States District Court of Idaho. After graduating from the University of Idaho, College of Law, in May 2004, Judge Kircher again returned to Arizona and began working for the Flagstaff law firm of Mangum, Wall, Stoops & Warden. During that time, Judge Kircher’s practice focused on estate planning, school law, and family law. In April 2007, Judge Kircher became Deputy County Attorney at the Coconino County Attorney’s Office in the Juvenile Division.
In 2008, Judge Kircher temporarily relocated to Phoenix, in order for her husband to continue his education. She began working in the Juvenile Division of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. During that time, Judge Kircher prosecuted in all areas of Juvenile Justice. Judge Kircher prosecuted several high-profile cases, including an offense garnering international attention. During her final years in Maricopa County, Judge Kircher became the sole prosecutor responsible for charging and prosecuting all sexual offenses committed by juveniles in west Maricopa County. Judge Kircher was awarded the Maricopa County Juvenile Prosecutor of the Year award in 2011.
In 2012, Judge Kircher returned to Flagstaff with her family and resumed her work with the Coconino County Attorney’s Office. Along with her work in the Juvenile Division, Judge Kircher’s caseload included prosecuting adult sex offenders. In 2018, Judge Kircher focused her entire practice on juvenile justice. In addition to dedicating over a decade of service to juvenile justice as a prosecutor, Judge Kircher was instrumental in developing the juvenile diversion programs, serving on the AOC’s Committee on Information Sharing for Crossover Youth, and volunteering as an attorney mentor for Coconino County’s Teen Court.