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The Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) was established by the legislature in 2008 to help you get to know your judges. Its goals are:

  • To collect and disseminate valid information about each judge’s performance so that voters may make informed decisions about whether or not to retain that judge in office;
  • To provide judges with useful feedback about their performance so that they may become better judges and to thereby improve the quality of the judiciary as a whole; and
  • To promote public accountability of the judiciary while ensuring that the judiciary continues to operate as an independent branch of government.

Performance Evaluations

To accomplish these goals, the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission conducts multi-faceted evaluations of judges. As judges stand for retention elections, the Commission publishes the evaluation report and determines whether the judge meets or exceeds performance standards. The voters ultimately decide whether or not each judge will continue to serve in office.

For more detailed information on the performance evaluations, visit our Evaluation Process page.

Commission Membership

The Commission consists of 13 members. The Utah Supreme Court and the Governor each appoint four members; the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives each appoint two members; and the executive director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice also serves on the Commission. No more than seven members may be attorneys. No more than half the members appointed by each branch of government may be of the same political party.

The current members of JPEC are:

     Gil A. Miller

Commission Chair
Citizen Member
Appointed by the Utah Senate

 

    Bridget K. Romano

Commission Vice-Chair
Attorney Member
Appointed by the Governor

 

     Mallory Bateman

Citizen Member
Appointed by the Governor

 

     Christine M. Durham

Attorney Member (ret. Utah Supreme Court chief justice)
Appointed by the Supreme Court

 

     Sherrie Hayashi

Attorney Member
Appointed by the Governor

 

     Blair Hodson

Citizen Member
Appointed by the Supreme Court

 

     Rick Hoffman

Citizen Member
Appointed by the Supreme Court

 

     James C. Jenkins

Attorney Member
Appointed by the Senate

 

     Curtis M. Jensen   

Attorney Member
Appointed by the House of Representatives

 

 

     David J. Jordan

Attorney Member
Appointed by the Supreme Court

 

     Sonya Martinez-Ortiz

Citizen Member
Appointed by the Governor

 

     Tom Ross

Ex Officio Member
Executive Director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice

 

      Shannon Sebahar

Citizen Member
Appointed by the House of Representatives

 

 

The current staff are:
Jennifer Yim – Executive Director of JPEC
Chris Russell – Evaluation Analyst
Madison Klein –
Business Analyst


Related Links / Information

2022 Meeting Schedule

JPEC Statute

Administrative Rule