Appointed to the bench in 2007, Judge Vernon Romney receives outstanding evaluations from survey respondents, scoring well above the average of his justice court peers in all survey categories. Survey respondents characterize him as a fair and impartial judge who consistently demonstrates patience, respect, and courtesy towards all. They view him as even-tempered and professional, choosing 99% positive adjectives from a list to describe him. Courtroom observers agree with survey respondents, with most reporting they would feel comfortable appearing before him. The observers describe Judge Romney as an excellent courtroom administrator who efficiently manages a heavy caseload without rushing and who makes sure that the parties have enough time to be fully heard. Of 48 survey respondents answering the retention question, 46 (96%) recommend that Judge Romney be retained.
The commission reviewed surveys and courtroom observation reports in addition to verifying that Judge Romney has met all time standards, judicial education requirements, and discipline standards established by the judicial branch.
Appointed to the Provo City Justice Court bench in 2007, Judge Vernon F. Romney graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English in 1979 and a law degree in 1982. Prior to his appointment, Judge Romney worked for 22 years in the Provo City Attorney’s office, serving primarily as lead city prosecutor. Judge Romney has served as president of the Central Utah Bar Association, president of the Utah Municipal Prosecutors’ Association, and chair of the Fourth District Court’s Victims’ Rights Committee. He has also served as a member of the Utah Domestic Violence Council and the Utah Prosecution Council Training Committee. Judge Romney currently chairs the Fourth District Justice Court Education Committee and sits on the Board of Justice Court Judges.