Part-time justice court judges standing for retention in 2016 are required to meet three minimum performance standards adopted by the judicial branch and enacted by the legislature.
Judge Farr met these standards:
He participated annually in no less than 30 hours of continuing legal education for each year of his current term;
He held no cases under advisement for more than two months; and
He has not been the subject of any public reprimands issued by the Judicial Conduct Commission or the Utah Supreme Court during his term of office.
Based solely on compliance with these standards, the commission recommends retention for Judge Farr.
Judge Farr was a part-time judge in Sandy but is now a full-time judge. Judges that are full-time at the beginning of an evaluation period receive a comprehensive evaluation. Judge Paul C. Farr was appointed to the Herriman City Justice Court in 2010 and to the Sandy City Justice Court in 2012. He earned an A.S. in History from Dixie State College, a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Weber State University, and a J.D. from Brigham Young University. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Farr was a partner with the Salt Lake City law firm of Morgan, Minnock, Rice & James. He previously worked for the Utah Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and in private practice. Judge Farr has served as a member of the Justice Court Board of Judges and the Utah Judicial Council.