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 Judge James L. Beesley was appointed to the Plain City Justice Court in July 1998. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Beesley was a member of the Plain City City Council and served in the Utah National Guard Special Forces unit as an army medic. He is currently the treasurer for the Utah Justice Courts Association and a member of the Utah Bail Committee. 9/10




JUDGE TONY HASSELLJudge Tony Hassell was elected as Justice Court Judge for Morgan County in 1982. He retired from the Division of Youth Corrections in 1996 after 30 years. During that time, he held such positions as Director of Weber Valley Detention Center, manager of the Observation and Assessment Program, superintendent of Millcreek Youth Facility, and associate regional director of Northern Utah Youth Corrections. Judge Hassell is currently serving as Director of Farmington Bay Youth Center, a private youth corrections facility. He is a board member of the Juvenile Court Drug and Alcohol Program and a licensed certified social worker.


 Judge Catherine J. Hoskins was appointed to the Syracuse Justice Court in Sept. 2014. Judge Hoskins received an Associates Degree from Brigham Young Idaho in 1996, a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Utah in 1999, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Oregon School of Law. Judge Hoskins currently works for Hoskins Legal Solutions. She is co-chair of the Second District Pro Bono Committee, a member of the Second District Nominating Committee, a former Davis County Bar President, a member of the Rex E. Lee Inns of the Court and a member of the Divorce Procedures Subcommittee. 3/15


JUDGE JERALD L. JENSENJudge Jerald Jensen was appointed to the Davis County bench in June 1991. He has served as a Justice Court judge since 1987. Judge Jensen served as a member of the Utah Judicial Council from 1991 through 1997, and again from 2000 through 2006. Judge Jensen has also served as a member of the Utah Justice Court Board in various capacities for the past 15 years, including a two-year term as board chair. Judge Jensen was recently elected by his peers to serve a second term as Justice Court Board chair and is currently serving in that capacity. He has been extensively involved in judicial education and training, and has been instrumental in advancing the community court concept in local courts. Judge Jensen has received several awards in his career on the bench, including the Quality of Justice Award. 5/06


JUDGE PATRICK E. LAMBERTJudge Patrick E. Lambert was appointed to the bench in July 1982. He serves the Farr West, North Ogden, Pleasant View, Uintah/Huntsville and Washington Terrace/Marriott-Slaterville justice courts. Judge Lambert received a Bachelor of Science degree from Weber State University in Sociology. He retired from state government after 32 years of service having worked nine years for the Dept. of Corrections and 23 years as an administrator for the Division of Youth Corrections. Judge Lambert is a former president of the Utah Correctional Association and a former board member of the Commission on Criminal Juvenile Justice/Board on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. 9/15


JUDGE ANDREA LOCKWOODJudge Andrea W. Lockwood was appointed to the Ogden Justice Court in 2006. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science from Weber State University in 1974 and a law degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1979. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Lockwood worked in the Ogden City Attorney's Office for 27 years, serving the last four years as the Chief Deputy City Attorney. Judge Lockwood has served for more than six years as a board member of the Midtown Community Health Center and was formerly a member of the McKay Dee Foundation Board. 4/10


JUDGE DAVID MILLERJudge David Miller was appointed as a Justice Court judge in 1996. He currently serves Centerville and North Salt Lake and previously served Fruit Heights for eight years. As a practicing attorney, Judge Miller was appointed as a Chapter 7 panel trustee for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in 1999 and continues working in that capacity. Judge Miller graduated magna cum laude from Weber State University in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He also graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a law degree in 1982. Judge Miller earned a Master of Law degree in Taxation from Golden Gate University in 1985. He teaches youth, fellow judges, and lawyers, has served as the education director for the Second Judicial District, and has served on the Board of Justice Court judges. 7/11


JUDGE REUBEN J.  RENSTROMJudge Reuben J. Renstrom serves the Harrisville Justice Court. He was appointed to the South Ogden Justice Court in 2006 and the Woods Cross Justice Court in 2011. He received a B.A. in political science from Weber State University and a law degree from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2002. Judge Renstrom served as a prosecutor for Ogden City, and practiced law with Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones prior to his appointment to the justice court. He is a member of the Utah State Bar, the Utah Trial Lawyers Association, and the Rex E. Lee Inns of Court. 9/10



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