The Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is launching a new website at judges.utah.gov to better inform Utah voters on the merits of judges throughout the state.
One key feature of judges.utah.gov is the “at a glance” summary about each Utah judge so voters can assess facts quickly.
“We’ve designed each element of this website to provide information on Utah judges in the most user-friendly fashion,” said Jennifer Yim, JPEC executive director. “We’ve found voters want relevant information without requiring massive downloads.”
The site utilizes responsive design making the site accessible from any device and provides instant search options.
“Our purpose is to get more information to voters so they can even do a quick glance of judges while in the voting booth, if necessary,” said Yim. “Often, voters are unaware of judges unless they’ve heard something in the news. We want them to have full access to make an informed voting decision.”
JPEC’s evaluations, which are summarized at judges.utah.gov, provide summaries on legal ability, judicial temperament, procedural fairness and administrative performance. The site also allows public comment on any judge serving in Utah.
Moreover, voters can review a brief biography on each judge and if the commission has recommended to retain that judge for another term.
“It’s never been easier for Utah voters to access current information on any judge serving throughout the state,” Yim added.
The site also includes an extensive FAQ section, information to volunteer to become a courtroom observer and articles about judicial evaluations.