Judge Bruce Lubeck is an experienced judge who scores consistent with the average of his district court peers in all survey categories. Survey respondents consider Judge Lubeck intelligent, fair, and well-prepared. Most survey respondents report that Judge Lubeck is a hard-worker who efficiently manages his court’s daily schedule and listens to both sides, but speaks very bluntly. Some respondents describe him as impatient with attorneys and court participants. Courtroom observers report that Judge Lubeck acts professionally, decisively, and fairly. Most observers conclude that they would feel comfortable appearing before him in court. Of 69 survey respondents answering the retention question, 64 (93%) recommend that Judge Lubeck be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Lubeck has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Bruce C. Lubeck was appointed to the Third District Court in 2001 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He earned his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1971. At the time of his appointment to the bench, Judge Lubeck was an Assistant U.S. Attorney, having served in that capacity since 1981. Prior to this, he was in private practice and was also employed by the Salt Lake Legal Defender Association. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah College of Law. Judge Lubeck has served on the Board of District Court Judges since 2013.