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Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts

The Public Trust and Confidence Survey was conducted to determine the current perceptions the public has of the Utah State Court system. Salt Lake City-based Valley Research surveyed 1,201 Utah households June 28 through July 20, 2006, asking 53 questions about the publicís perception, familiarity, experience, confidence, expectations, and performance of the state courts. The survey was funded in part by a $15,000 grant from the State Justice Institute.

  • 2012 Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts - PDF Document PDF
  • 2006 Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts - PDF Document PDF

Judicial Performance Evaluation

Every two years, many attorneys have the opportunity to evaluate Utah judges and court commissioners. They do so by rating the judges and commissioners in several areas. The rating system is a 5-point scale with standards of:

  • Excellent
  • More than Adequate
  • Adequate
  • Less than Adequate
  • Inadequate

The scores for individual judges are published in the voter information pamphlet before the judge stands for election. The combined scores for the judges of each court level and the court commissioners are provided here.

Juvenile Court Report Card to the Community

When citizens are asked what they would like the juvenile justice system to accomplish, the message is clear. Citizens expect the justice system to further community safety, hold offenders accountable, and protect the constitutional rights of juveniles, while at the same time providing justice to victims. They also expect that juvenile offenders will stop criminal behavior and become responsible and productive citizens.

Taxpayers invest significant resources in the justice system and should expect a sound return on this investment. The purpose of this report card is to provide taxpayers with an update on how Utahís juvenile justice system is performing. The Juvenile Court has established benchmarks, which are listed in this report, to inform the community on its progress in furthering safety, restoring justice for victims, and reducing the risk of re-offending.

The Juvenile Court can and should be held accountable for its performance on these measures. The highest level of public safety, however, is achieved not only through the sound use of tax dollars, but through public involvement. Working together we can build a safer and more just community.

Ray Wahl
Juvenile Court Administrator

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.

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