Judge Carey Snyder Hyatt (Ret.)


Carey Hyatt is a former Maricopa County Superior Court judge (2000-2015) and commissioner (1995-2000) who retired from the bench in 2015 after 20 years of service. Her judicial experience encompassed both Criminal and Civil Court, including a total of ten years in Family Court, where she served three years as Presiding Family Court Judge. Prior to her service as a judge and court commissioner, Judge Hyatt was a criminal staff attorney for the Arizona Court of Appeals, a Deputy Maricopa County Attorney, and an Assistant District Attorney for Queens County, New York.


During her judicial career, Judge Hyatt presided over several of Maricopa County’s Problem-Solving Courts, including the Drug and DUI Courts, Domestic Violence Court, Mental Health Court, and Family Drug Court. She served on several statewide committees, including the Committee on the Superior Court and the Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and the Courts, and Maricopa County committees, including serving as co-chair of the Specialty Courts Committee and as liaison to the Family Court Behavioral Health Committee.

Since her retirement from the bench in 2015, Judge Hyatt has served as a private mediator, parenting coordinator, and family law master in nearly 200 cases, with an impressive settlement record resolving a significant majority of the cases brought to her.


Honors and Awards

Distinguished Service Award – Maricopa County Superior Court Problem-Solving Courts – 2009 ???

Maricopa County Bar Association – Family Law Section – ???? Award – 2015


Professional Memberships

State Bar of Arizona

Arizona Judges Association

Arizona Women Lawyers Association

Maricopa County Bar Association

Scottsdale Bar Association



J.D., St. John’s University, 1985

B.S. Marketing, Arizona State University, 1976


Community Leadership

Sober Living Communities/New Journey:  Board Member 2008 – current

Arizona Association of Drug Court Professionals: Board Member 2014- current; President, 2015-2016

Friends of the Court, Inc.: Board Member 2015 – current

Arizona Association of Family and Conciliation Courts:  Board Member 2010-2016