Where the Trail Begins

The Clifton Magistrate Court is determined to apply justice fairly to all persons consistent with the principles of due process within the framework of the law. Additionally, Judge John Basteen, and his Clerk, Nicole Hammond, pledge to everyone in a patient, respectful, courteous and timely manner while applying these principles.


The Clifton Magistrate Court is a fully functional, and full-time limited jurisdiction court which handles criminal and criminal traffic misdemeanors, as well as civil traffic cases within it’s jurisdiction. The magistrate also presides over civil injunctions. The court handles approximately 100-150 criminal cases, and approximately 500 civil traffic cases a year. The Clifton Magistrate Court is open Monday thru Thursday from 7:00 AM till 5:00PM. Judge Basteen is available usually on Mondays and Thursdays.


​Judge John Basteen is a native of Arizona, and has resided in Greenlee County for 26 years. He has 38 years of experience in matters pertaining to the Criminal Justice System. John is a honorably retired police officer, an adjunct Criminal Justice Instructor for Eastern Arizona College, and has served his last nine years as a judge. John is proud to serve the citizens of the Town of Clifton. Contact the Clifton Magistrate Court at (928) 865-4156.



Town Magistrate

Judge John Basteen

Town Magistrate

Town of Clifton

Arizona