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 Graff 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 Graff.
Appointed to the Hildale City Justice Court in June 2012, Judge K. Jake Graff graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University in 2003 and a Juris Doctorate from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada in 2005. Judge Graff served as judicial law clerk to Judge T. Arthur Ritchie, Jr., presiding judge of Nevada’s Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division, in 2006. He has practiced law in Utah and Nevada since 2007. In addition to his Hildale City service, Judge Graff also serves as a Small Claims Judge Pro Tempore at the Washington County Justice Court.