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 Poulson 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 Poulson.
Judge Clair M. Poulson was appointed to the bench in February 1991. Coupled with previous law enforcement service, he has over 40 years of experience. Judge Poulson has served several years on the Board of Justice Court Judges and six years on the Utah Judicial Council. He served for two years as the education chairman for the Justice Courts and is currently a member of the Ethics Advisory Committee.