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R597. Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, Administration.

Rule R597-4. Justice Courts.

As in effect on August 1, 2019

Table of Contents

R597-4-1. Classification of Justice Court Judges.

(a) As used in this section, a qualified attorney is an attorney with at least one trial appearance or three total appearances before the evaluated judge during the evaluation cycle.

(b) Classification Determination. Each judge's classification shall be made by the commission following the judge's retention election, except that newly-appointed judges shall be classified upon appointment.

(c) Basis of classification.

(1) Classification shall be based on weighted caseload data and attorney appearance data provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts for the 12 months preceding the judge's most recent election or appointment.

(2) Notwithstanding section R597-4-1 (b) and (c)(1), for judges standing for retention in 2018, classification shall be based on weighted caseload data and attorney appearance data provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts for the calendar year 2013.

(3) If the data specified in subsection R597-4-1(c)(1) is unavailable or inapplicable, classification shall be based on the best data available from the Administrative Office of the Courts.

(d) Once classified, the judge retains the classification for the judge's term of office.

(e) Judicial classification categories. Justice court judges shall be classified into one of three categories for purposes of judicial evaluation, based on the timeframes specified in section R597-4-1(c).

(1) Full Evaluation Judges must have a total of 50 or more qualified attorneys in the combined jurisdictions in which they serve.

(2) Mid-level Evaluation Judges must have fewer than 50 qualified attorneys in the combined jurisdictions in which they serve and a weighted caseload, as defined by the Administrative Office of the Courts, of .2 or more in at least one jurisdiction.

(3) Basic Evaluation Judges must not qualify for full evaluation and must have a weighted caseload of less than .2 in every jurisdiction in which they serve.

R597-4-2. Justice Court Judges Serving in Multiple Courts.

(a) For judges serving in multiple courts:

(1) Once a judge is classified, the judge may be evaluated in any court in which the judge serves, regardless of retention year.

(2) Evaluation data gathered from different courts served by a single judge shall be aggregated into a single midterm evaluation and a single retention report.

(b) For judges serving in multiple courts who stand for retention election in multiple years:

(1) Each judge shall be assigned to a single controlling evaluation cycle.

(2) The retention evaluation report compiled pursuant to the controlling evaluation cycle shall be used for all other subsequent retention elections for which that judge stands within the controlling cycle.


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Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

June 12, 2014

Notice of Continuation

March 22, 2019

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

78A-12-201 through 78A-12-206

Additional Information


For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R597, please contact the promulgating agency (Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.