Appointed in 2013, Judge Samuel Chiara scores consistent with the average of his district court peers in all statutory survey categories and above the average of his peers in procedural fairness. From a list of adjectives, survey respondents select 98% positive words to describe him. Respondents note that Judge Chiara works hard, treats all people fairly, and demonstrates solid legal ability. Courtroom observers praise Judge Chiara’s preparation, his consideration of the time and viewpoints of others, and his fairness to all involved. All observers are enthusiastically positive about Judge Chiara, with all reporting they would feel comfortable appearing before him. Of survey respondents answering the retention question, 97% recommend retention for Judge Chiara.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Chiara has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Samuel P. Chiara was appointed to the Eighth District Court by Governor Gary Herbert in 2013. Judge Chiara earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marriott School of Management at BYU and a Juris Doctor degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, also at BYU. Prior to his appointment, Judge Chiara practiced law with Keith Chiara in Price and later as a partner in Chiara & Torgerson. His practice included criminal defense, domestic, probate, contract, property, parental defense, and personal injury law. Judge Chiara also served as defense counsel for the Carbon County Drug Court. He currently serves on the District Judges’ Curriculum Development committee.