Rep. Craig Hall: Time for justice court judges to be “licensed to practice law”

With a recent report on Utah’s judicial system finding that many defendants appear before judges inadequately represented–if at all–perhaps it’s time that we take another look at another problematic area of Utah’s judicial branch: the courts not of record, or “justice courts.” Rep Craig Hall (HD 33) wants justice court judges to be licensed to practice law in Utah. Having fair, effective, and knowledgeable judges are a crucial part of just and equitable judicial system. Where other courts issues decisions and rulings of law and fact, keep a record to allow for appeal and evidentiary matters, and are subject…