Judges' Biographies


FIRST DISTRICT JUSTICE COURT JUDGES


Judges' Biographies

JUDGE DENNIS J. BARKER

JUDGE DENNIS J. BARKERJudge Dennis Barker was appointed to the Newton Justice Court in November 1997 and the Amalga Justice Court in November 1998. He attended Ricks College from 1926 to 1964, and then the University of Utah in 1964. He worked in banking for eight years and the insurance industry for 10 years before becoming a dairy farmer for 17 years. He has driven a bus for 46 years, which he continues to do. Judge Barker is a graduate of the first and second Legal Institutes. 4/11


JUDGE KEVIN CHRISTENSEN

JUDGE KEVIN CHRISTENSENJudge 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 WAYNE COOPER

 Judge Wayne Cooper was appointed a Justice Court Judge in February 1991. He serves Clarkston City, Cornish City and Trenton City. He attended Utah State University and Weber State University. He has worked in the aerospace industry as a financial analyst for the last 25 years. He is a graduate of the Legal Institute. He is currently serving as the district education director for the First Judicial District. 4/10


JUDGE MATTHEW FUNK

JUDGE MATTHEW FUNKJudge 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. 4/10


JUDGE EVAN HALL

JUDGE EVAN HALLJudge Evan Hall was appointed to the Lewiston Justice Court in January 1992. He received a bachelor's degree from Utah State University in Business Administration and Business Education in 1967. Judge Hall was a school teacher and coach in the Cache County School District for 31 years. He has served in various leadership positions in the community. 4/10


JUDGE PAUL LARSEN

 


JUDGE DAVID MARX

JUDGE DAVID MARXJudge David Marx was appointed to the bench in June 1997. He serves Logan City, North Logan City, and Hyde Park City. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University, a law degree from Concord Law School, and is a graduate of the Utah Legal Institute. Judge Marx served three years as the Justice Court district education director for the First Judicial District. He served eleven years as a Justice Court Board member, three years as the board chair and currently serves on the Judicial Council. Judge Marx received the Justice Court Service Award in 2007, the Quality of Justice Award in 2008. And the Judge of the Year Award in 2013. 9/13


JUDGE ROSS K. MCKINNON

JUDGE ROSS K. MCKINNONJudge Ross K. McKinnon was appointed Rich County Justice Court Judge in February 1993. He owns a cattle ranch in Randolph, where he has been a lifetime resident. He attended Utah State University. He has been active in many civic organizations including Lions Club, City Council, Fair Board Chairman and various farming and ranching organizations.


JUDGE TERRY MOORE

JUDGE TERRY MOOREJudge 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. He makes presentations regularly to high school and civic groups regarding courts and justice court procedures. 4/11


JUDGE KEVIN L NELSON

JUDGE KEVIN L NELSONJudge Kevin L Nelson graduated from Weber State with a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science and works full time for America First Credit Union in the Audit Services department. Judge Nelson has been on the Mantua Justice Court bench since 1992, and has served on the Board of Justice Court Judges and as vice chair of that Board. He has also served on the IT Committee and Jury Improvement Committee. In 2002, he received the Quality of Justice Award. Judge Nelson has had a particular focus to improve the courts through the use of technology. 2/08


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