Appointed to the bench in 1999, Judge Shauna Graves-Robertson scores consistent with the average of her justice court peers in all survey categories, an improvement from previous survey results. According to survey respondents, she conducts her busy court with fairness, efficiency and courtesy. Respondents describe her as a patient, confident, and fair judge who ensures that everyone appearing in her courtroom has the opportunity to be heard. Courtroom observers report that Judge Graves-Robertson communicates in a thoughtful, unhurried, and conscientious manner that encourages parties to present their side of the case. All observers say they would feel comfortable appearing before her. Of 47 survey participants answering the retention question, 38 (81%) recommend that Judge Graves-Robertson be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Graves-Robertson has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Shauna Graves-Robertson was appointed to the Salt Lake County Justice Court in 1999. A graduate of West High, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University as well as a Masters in Public Administration and a Juris Doctor from the University of Utah. She also earned a Certificate in Judicial Studies from the National Judicial College. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Graves-Robertson worked for the Salt Lake Legal Defenders Association. She is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the NAACP. She chairs the Supreme Court’s Community Relations Subcommittee and is a member of the National Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, Women Lawyers of Utah, and the Utah Minority Bar Association.