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The Utah Judiciary is committed to the open, fair, and efficient administration of justice under the law. Find important information on what to do about your case and where to find help on our Alerts and Information Page due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

El poder judicial de Utah está comprometido a la administración de justicia de una manera abierta, justa y eficiente bajo la ley. En nuestra página Información y alertas encontrará información importante sobre qué hacer en cuanto a su caso y dónde encontrar ayuda debido al impacto del brote de COVID-19.

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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Judges' Biographies

FIRST DISTRICT JUSTICE COURT JUDGES


JUDGE KEVIN CHRISTENSEN

JUDGE KEVIN CHRISTENSEN

Judge Kevin Christensen was appointed to the Box Elder County Justice Court in May 1996. He serves Box Elder County, Tremonton City, Brigham City, Garland City, and Willard City. Judge Christensen is a graduate of Weber State University and the Gonzaga University School of Law. He was in private practice before being appointed to the bench. In addition to his judicial and family duties, Judge Christensen often speaks to various youth and civic groups about the structure and function of the court system. In 2006, Judge Christensen received the Scott M. Matheson Award for outstanding service to law-related education. 5/06 

JUDGE TREVOR LAYNE COOK

JUDGE TREVOR LAYNE COOK

Appointed to the justice court bench in 2012, Judge Trevor L. Cook serves in the Nibley City, Mendon City and Rich County justice courts. Judge Cook graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in management and human resources, and earned a law degree from Texas Southern University. He is also employed as in-house counsel. 9/17 

JUDGE LEE EDWARDS

JUDGE Lee Edwards

Judge Lee Edwards was appointed as the justice court judge for Logan City in June 2019. He graduated from Weber State University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in political science and Spanish. In 1996, Judge Edwards graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University with a Juris Doctorate. Judge Edwards has worked as a city prosecutor, assistant city attorney for the City of Logan, and as chief civil deputy county attorney for Cache County. 9/19 

JUDGE MATTHEW FUNK

JUDGE MATTHEW FUNK

Judge Matthew Funk was appointed to the Richmond Justice Court in 2009. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Utah State University in 1996 and a Master's degree in Accounting from Utah State University. Judge Funk serves as the treasurer for the Utah Justice Court Judges Association. 9/17  

JUDGE PAUL LARSEN

JUDGE PAUL LARSEN

Judge Paul K. Larsen was appointed to the Hyrum City Municipal Justice Court in 2012. He had earlier served for 10 years as the Smithfield City Justice Court judge. He graduated from Utah State University and earned a law degree from Western State University College of Law of San Diego. Judge Larsen served for three years as Director and Education Officer for the Utah Justice Court Association for the First Judicial District. He served five years on the Logan City Planning Commission and serves as Administrative Hearing Examiner for Logan City and as Appeal Authority for Smithfield and Hyrum cities. He enjoys educating civic groups and students about the legal system from a judge's perspective. 9/17 

JUDGE MATTHEW LORZ

JUDGE Matthew Lorz

Judge Matthew David Lorz was appointed to the North Logan and Hyde Park Justice Courts in June 2019. Judge Lorz graduated from Utah State University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management. Following his undergraduate studies, Judge Lorz received a Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2010. Judge Lorz also attended and completed his last semester of law school at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah as a visiting student. Following law school, Judge Lorz has been in private practice. He began his career working at a Salt Lake insurance defense firm. Judge Lorz moved back to Cache Valley in 2012 to join the law firm of Peck Hadfield Baxter & Moore, LLC, where he primarily handles personal injury and civil litigation. 9/19 

JUDGE TERRY MOORE

JUDGE TERRY MOORE

Judge Terry Moore has served on the Smithfield Justice Court since April 1990 and as Wellsville Justice Court Judge from March 1994 to June 1995; and since March 1997. After serving nine years in the US Air Force he returned to college and graduated with a B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Utah. He has attended the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada and has completed a Certificate in Legal Studies from the Utah Legal Institute. He makes presentations regularly to high school and civic groups regarding courts and justice court procedures. 9/17 

JUDGE KEVIN L. NELSON

JUDGE KEVIN L. NELSON

Judge Kevin L. Nelson has served the Mantua Justice Court since 1992. He graduated from Weber State University in computer science, has attended the National Judicial College, and earned a Certificate in Legal Studies from the Justice Court Judges Legal Institute. Judge Nelson has served on the Utah Judicial Council and the Board of Justice Court Judges. In 2002, he received the judiciary's Quality of Justice Award. Judge Nelson's committee work has focused on improving the judicial process through the use of technology. 10/15  

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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