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The Utah Judiciary is committed to the open, fair, and efficient administration of justice under the law. Find important information on what to do about your case and where to find help on our Alerts and Information Page due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

El poder judicial de Utah está comprometido a la administración de justicia de una manera abierta, justa y eficiente bajo la ley. En nuestra página Información y alertas encontrará información importante sobre qué hacer en cuanto a su caso y dónde encontrar ayuda debido al impacto del brote de COVID-19.

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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

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




Judge Clark A. McClellan was appointed to the Eighth Judicial District Court bench for Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties in August 2010 by Governor Gary R. Herbert. Judge McClellan is a lifetime resident of the Uinta Basin, and graduated from Uintah High School in 1980. He has been recognized as a distinguished alumnus of Uintah High. Judge McClellan graduated from Brigham Young University, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in International Relations. He continued his education graduating from the University of Utah College of Law where he was a William H. Leary Scholar, and a member and editor of the Utah Law Review in 1990. Judge McClellan was admitted to the practice of law in Arizona in 1990, and Utah in 1992. Out of law school, he clerked for Justice Michael D. Zimmerman of the Utah Supreme Court. Judge McClellan practiced law in Phoenix, Arizona, and Salt Lake City, Utah, before he returned home to practice in the Uinta Basin in 1997. Judge McClellan's practice included extensive prosecution experience with Roosevelt and Vernal cities, and Duchesne County. He has also represented a number of private and governmental entities in areas of domestic relations, contracts, personal injury, property, business, landlord-tenant, among other areas of law. He is currently the presiding judge of the Eighth Judicial District. He has been a member of the Board of District Court Judges from 2011 through 2013, a member of the Committee on Fines and Bails, the advisory committee on Child Support Guidelines, and the New Lawyer Education Committee. Judge McClellan has been a Drug Court Judge in Uintah County since 2011, and continues in that capacity to the present. 4/20  



Judge 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 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  

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.

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