With many years of experience, Judge Douglas Whitlock scores above the average of his justice court peers in integrity and judicial temperament, administrative skills, and procedural fairness and consistent with the average of his peers in legal ability. Survey respondents choose 98% positive words from a list to describe Judge Whitlock, characterizing him as both considerate and polite. They note that he runs a fair and respectful courtroom, ensuring proper behavior by participants without intimidating them. Courtroom observers praise Judge Whitlock’s excellent communication skills and efficient courtroom management. They particularly note his patience and enthusiasm in seeking input from courtroom participants and ensuring that they understand court procedures. All observers report they would feel comfortable appearing before him. Of 36 survey respondents answering the retention question, 35 (97%) recommend that Judge Whitlock be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Whitlock has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Douglas Whitlock was appointed to the Enterprise Justice Court in 1990 where he served on a parttime basis. In 2003, he was appointed by the Washington County Commission to serve as a full-time judge in the Washington County Justice Court. Judge Whitlock was awarded the Justice Court Judge of the Year Award in 2005. In March 2009, he received a Certificate of Legal Studies from the Legal Institute for Justice Court Judges. Judge Whitlock currently serves as a member of the Washington County Domestic Violence Coalition. He has also served on the Utah State Fine & Bail Committee and the Washington County Board of Adjustments.