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 Powell 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 Powell.
Judge Ronald E. Powell was appointed to the Stockton Justice Court in 2004. He is a Vietnam Veteran, having served with the United States Navy. He has nine years of law enforcement experience in California, where he studied the administration of justice. After retiring as a supervisor from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Judge Powell moved to Utah, where he earned a certificate in legal studies from the Legal Institute for Justice Court Judges.