An experienced judge, Judge Scott Waterfall scores consistent with the average of his justice court peers in all survey categories. Respondents generally agree that Judge Waterfall is intelligent, knows the law, and projects confidence. Some, however, view him as disrespectful for flippant comments and a dismissive attitude towards attorneys, court staff, and other courtroom participants. In contrast, all courtroom observers praise Judge Waterfall, noting his professional demeanor, engaged approach, and excellent communication skills. All observers report that they would feel comfortable appearing before him in court. Of 27 survey respondents answering the retention question, 18 (67%) recommend retention for Judge Waterfall.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Waterfall has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Scott Waterfall was appointed to the South Ogden Justice Court in 1992 and the Roy Justice Court in 2003. After earning bachelors and masters degrees from Weber State University, he earned a law degree from Brigham Young University. A member of the Utah State and Weber County Bar Associations and the Utah Association of Justice, Judge Waterfall worked as an attorney in private law practice for many years. He has taught at Weber State University and authored law-related articles published in national and local media. Judge Waterfall has served on the Board of Justice Court Judges and as Chair of the Second Judicial District Education Committee.