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Salt Lake Tribune: New site opens up public comment on judges

By Cimaron Neugebauer

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Sep 16 2011 07:26PM
Updated Sep 17, 2011 09:34AM

Have you ever wanted to say what you thought about a judge? Now you can, and it is as simple as getting online.

A new website judges.utah.gov created by the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission brings increased oversight to judges in the state and offers citizens who have been in court to submit their thoughts on how a certain judge handled a case. JPEC unveiled the new site on Friday and invited the public to add their comments based on “first-hand experiences with particular judges,” according to a release.

Previously only attorneys and jurors gave evaluations on judges. With the implementation of the new website, JPEC Chairman Lowry Snow said citizens can also submit comments for the commission to use in its final report. He said the new service was prompted by legislation that requires the commission allow for public comment.

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