Appointed to the bench in 2000, Judge Paul Lyman scores consistent with the average of his juvenile court peers in all survey categories. Survey respondents characterize him as a confident, intelligent, and knowledgeable judge who conducts court in a business-like manner. They note that he communicates well with the young offenders who appear before him. Courtroom observers report that Judge Lyman manages his courtroom calendar effectively and shows skill in encouraging juveniles to explain and take responsibility for their behavior. Observers characterize his “tell-it-like-it-is” approach as tough, but note that he is not rude or harsh and appears truly interested in the well-being of each juvenile. All observers state they would feel comfortable appearing before him. Of 41 survey respondents answering the retention question, 39 (93%) recommend that Judge Lyman be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Lyman has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Paul D. Lyman was appointed to the Sixth District Juvenile Court in 2000 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1979. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Lyman maintained a private law practice and also served as part-time Deputy Sevier County Attorney, Wayne County Attorney, and Salina City Attorney. Prior to that, he served in the United States Air Force from 1980 to1985, achieving the rank of Captain. Judge Lyman was elected Mayor of Richfield from 1994 to 1998 and was on the Richfield City Council from 1989 to 1994. He has served on the Board of Juvenile Court Judges, including two terms as Board chair.