Charles E. Jones (judge)

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Charles Edward Jones, Jr. (born June 12, 1935) served as an associate judge on the Arizona Supreme Court from 1996 to 2002 and then as the Chief Justice of the court from 2002 to 2005. Jones is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and has served in several positions in the church.

Jones laughing at a quip by Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon. Jones had just spoken before the Phoenix City Council in support of a zoning exception for the proposed Phoenix Arizona Temple. Taken at the Orpheum Theater, Phoenix, Arizona, 2 December 2009.


Jones was born and raised in Lethbridge, Alberta. He served as a Mormon missionary in the French Mission in the 1950s, which included France and the French-speaking portions of Belgium and Switzerland. In 1959, he graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. He then received a J.D. from Stanford University.

Jones married Elizabeth Ann Anderson, a native of Safford, Arizona. They are the parents of seven children.

Jones was admitted to the bar in California in 1962 and then admitted to the bar in Arizona in 1964. From 1963 he was part of the firm of Jennings, Stouss & Salmon and was the head of their labor and employment division. From 1994 to 1998 Jones was the National Chair of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

In the LDS Church, Jones has served in several positions including as a bishop and stake president. From 1990 to 1993 he served as president of the France Paris Mission.

One of Jones' daughters is Utah journalist Ruth Todd.