Appointed to the bench in 2007, Judge Mark May scores consistent with the average of his juvenile court peers in all survey categories. Survey respondents describe him as an intelligent, calm, and fair judge who comes to court prepared and who runs an efficient, timely courtroom. At the same time, respondents fault him for an impatient and dismissive attitude towards the caseworkers who work in his court. Courtroom observers characterize Judge May as an engaged and attentive judge who comes to the bench prepared and on time and who handles potentially distressing situations calmly. They all report they would feel comfortable appearing before him. Of survey respondents answering the retention question, 85% recommend that Judge May be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge May has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Judge Mark W. May was appointed to Third District Juvenile Court in 2007 by Gov. Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. Judge May earned a degree in Business Finance from Brigham Young University in 1984 and received his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1989. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge May worked for the Utah Attorney General’s Office where he was the division chief of the Child Protection Division. Judge May also worked for the Office of the Guardian ad Litem and the law firm of Moyle & Draper. Judge May is currently the Presiding Judge in the Third District Juvenile Court and is a past chair of the Board of Juvenile Court Judges.