Part-time justice court judges standing for retention in 2016 are required to meet three minimum performance standards adopted by the judicial branch and enacted by the legislature.
Judge Dahlquist met these standards:
- He participated annually in no less than 30 hours of continuing legal education for each year of his current term;
- He held no cases under advisement for more than two months; and
- He has not been the subject of any public reprimands issued by the Judicial Conduct Commission or the Utah Supreme Court during his term of office.
Based solely on compliance with these standards, the commission recommends retention for Judge Dahlquist.
Judge David C. Dahlquist was appointed to the Payson Justice Court in April 2008. He completed the coursework and was awarded a Certificate in Legal Studies through the Utah Judicial Institute in April, 2013. After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Utah with a degree in music education, he worked for 30 years as choral director at Payson High School before retiring in June 2005. Judge Dahlquist is also the founder and musical director of the Payson Civic Chorale, an adult choral group, and has been actively involved with the Payson Community Theater for over 30 years.