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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



PRESIDING JUDGE EDWIN T. PETERSONJudge Edwin T. Peterson was appointed to the Eighth District Court in September 2009 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. He serves Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah counties. Judge Peterson is the presiding judge of the Eight District Court. Judge Peterson served as Deputy Uintah County Attorney prior to his appointment. He also has served as an Assistant Utah Attorney General in the Child Protection Division, a Pro Tem District Court Judge in the Third Circuit Court in West Valley, and as the Murray City Prosecutor. Prior to serving as a prosecutor, he was in private practice in Salt Lake County. After law school and admission to the practice of law, Judge Peterson served four years active duty as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force as a Judge Advocate. Judge Peterson received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law, a bachelor's degree from Utah State University. 9/11


JUDGE SAMUEL P. CHIARAJudge Samuel P. Chiara was appointed to the Eighth District Court by Governor Gary Herbert in August 2013. He serves Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah counties. Judge Chiara received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. He graduated magna cum laude receiving a juris doctorate degree from J. Reuben Clark Law School, BYU, in 1997. Prior to his appointment, Judge Chiara practiced at a firm in Price, Utah. He practiced first with Keith Chiara and later as a partner in Chiara & Torgerson. His practice included criminal defense, domestic, probate, contract, property, parental defense, and personal injury law. Judge Chiara also served as defense counsel for the Carbon County Drug Court. 4/13


JUDGE CLARK MCCLELLANJudge Clark McClellan was appointed to the Eighth District Court in June 2010 by Gov. Gary R. Herbert. He serves Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah counties. Prior to his appointment, Judge McClellan practiced law with Allred & McClellan in Uintah County. He also served as the city prosecutor for Vernal and Roosevelt cities and as counsel for various governmental and quasi-governmental entities. 12/10

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