Appointed in 2013, Judge Ryan Evershed scores above the average of his juvenile court peers in two categories—integrity & judicial temperament and administrative skills—and consistent with the average of his peers in legal ability and procedural fairness. Survey respondents note that Judge Evershed respects the time of others and patiently seeks input from all participants. From a list of adjectives, survey respondents select 99% positive words to describe him. Both survey respondents and courtroom observers describe Judge Evershed as a thoughtful and effective communicator who clearly enjoys working with juveniles and their families, particularly helping participants understand his decisions. Observers are consistently positive about Judge Evershed, with all reporting they would feel comfortable appearing before him in court. Of 47 survey respondents answering the retention question, 45 (96%) recommend that Judge Evershed be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Evershed has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Ryan B. Evershed was appointed to the Eighth District Juvenile Court in 2013 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Toledo. Judge Evershed gained valuable experience in Juvenile Court working for the Utah Attorney General’s Office in the Child Protection Division in cases involving child abuse, neglect, and dependency. He served on the Advisory Board of the Children’s Justice Center in Uintah and Duchesne counties and as chairperson of the Uintah County Board. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Evershed opened his own practice which specialized in family, criminal, and juvenile law and served as the Juvenile Court public defender.