Survey respondents and courtroom observers assess Judge George Harmond positively, describing him as a patient listener and a respectful and courteous judge. Appointed to the bench in 2005, Judge Harmond scores on average with his district court peers in all survey categories. From a list, survey respondents choose 91% positive adjectives to describe him. They praise Judge Harmond for his judicial temperament and effective courtroom management. Courtroom observers describe Judge Harmond as wellprepared and attentive. They highlight his strong communication skills, noting that he consistently takes the time necessary to ensure that people appearing in his court understand both the proceedings and his decisions. All observers report they would feel comfortable appearing before him. Of survey respondents answering the retention question, 93% recommend that Judge Harmond be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Harmond has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge George M. Harmond, Jr. was appointed to the Seventh District Court in 2005 by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. Judge Harmond earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and his law degree from Creighton University School of Law. From 1981 until his appointment to the bench, he maintained a private law practice. In addition, he served as Deputy Carbon County Attorney from 1987-2005. In 2003, Governor Michael O. Leavitt appointed him to the Utah Board of Water Resources, a position he held until his appointment to the bench. In 2011, Judge Harmond was elected by his district court peers to the Utah Judicial Council, where he served until 2014.