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 Walker 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 Walker.
Judge William Walker was appointed to the Blanding Justice Court in January, 2013. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Walker retired from the U.S Army after 22 years of service. He has served as a volunteer firefighter, volunteer EMT, and as the Veteran of Foreign wars Commander for his local VFW post where he was selected as the VFW Post Commander of the Year for the state of Utah in 2012. He is currently the education director for the Seventh District Justice Court Judges and Court Clerks. Judge Walker has been involved coaching numerous youth activities served as a Scoutmaster and is the San Juan Boys High School Cross Country Coach. He is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management.