Appointed to the bench in 2013, Judge Jeffrey Wilcox is a relatively new judge who survey respondents say is continuing to learn and gain confidence. He scores on average with his district court peers in all survey categories. Survey respondents characterize him as a calm, patient, and polite judge who is fair to all. Courtroom observers describe Judge Wilcox as a prepared, engaged listener who devotes his undivided attention to those appearing before him. They all report they would feel comfortable appearing before him. Of survey respondents answering the retention question, 90% recommend that Judge Wilcox be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Wilcox has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Jeffrey C. Wilcox was appointed to the Fifth District Court in January 2013 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. He graduated from the University of Minnesota and then earned his law degree, cum laude, from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1984. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Wilcox was a partner at Gallian, Wilcox, Welker, Olsen & Beckstrom, where he practiced for 28 years as a civil litigator. Judge Wilcox currently serves as the felony drug court judge in Washington County and chairs the Fifth District Pro Bono Committee.