Appointed to the bench in 1978, Judge Margaret Miller is viewed by both survey respondents and courtroom observers as a fair, considerate, and patient justice court judge. Judge Miller scores consistent with her justice court peers in all survey categories. From a list, survey respondents choose 95% positive adjectives to describe her. According to survey respondents, she demonstrates notable respect for the time and expense of those appearing in her courtroom. Courtroom observers report they would all feel comfortable appearing before her. They describe Judge Miller as an engaged, active listener with a non-threatening, empathetic demeanor that encourages people to explain their side of the case. Of 24 survey respondents answering the retention question, 18 (75%) recommend Judge Miller be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Miller has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Margaret Miller began working as a clerk in the Cedar Precinct Justice Court in 1973 and was appointed to the bench five years later. Within the Fifth Judicial District, she has served as director and assistant director for the Justice Court Judges Association, assisted with juvenile offender programs, served on the board to review court procedures, and served as a mentor for new judges. Judge Miller was twice named Judge of the Year, has received the Quality of Justice Award, was named Iron County Resource Person of the Year, and was named Division of Youth Corrections Region III Outstanding Volunteer.