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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 Charlene Hartmann was appointed to the Daggett County Justice Court, Manila Precinct in January 2008. Judge Hartmann is a graduate of Stevens Henager College with a degree in General Business. Prior to being appointed to the bench, she served as the Clerk to the 8th District Court in Daggett County. Her past work experience includes being licensed by the State of Utah as a Mortgage Loan Officer for over 25 years. Since her appointment to the judgeship, she has worked to help Daggett County obtain its first Grant for funding to aid victims of Domestic Violence. She is on the Utah Coalition against Sexual Assault Committee and the Tri County Advisory Board to Prevent Domestic Violence against Women. She currently serves as the assistant education coordinator for the 8th District Justice Courts. She was recently certified as a Magistrate by the 8th District Court, and is attending Legal Institute Classes. 



Judge Georganna A. Petry was appointed to the Uintah County Justice Court in September 1996. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science from American Public University and is a graduate of the Utah Legal Institute Levels I and II. Judge Petry has obtained the Certificate in Special Court Trial Skills from the National Judicial College. She has chaired the Justice Court Education Committee, is a past member of the Judicial Council's Standing Committee on Judicial Branch Education, and a past member of the Justice Court Clerk's Education Committee. She has presented programs at judicial training events and taken programs about the judicial system to several area schools. Judge Petry teaches an "introduction to the Courts" class for the Uintah Basin location for P.O.S.T. Judge Petry has been awarded with the Justice Court Judge of the Year award, the Justice Court service award, the Judicial Council's Justice Court Judge of the year, and a distinguished service award from the Administrative Office of the Courts. Judge Petry has served on the Board of Justice Court Judges and has served as the Justice Court representative on the Utah Judicial Council and its Management Committee for a six-year term. 9/17 



Judge Clair M. Poulson was appointed to the bench in February 1991. Coupled with previous law enforcement service, he has over 40 years of experience. Judge Poulson has served several years on the Board of Justice Court Judges and six years on the Utah Judicial Council. He served for two years as the education chairman for the Justice Courts and is currently a member of the Ethics Advisory Committee. 4/11  



Judge Ray Robert Richards was appointed to the Vernal City Justice Court bench in 2012. Judge Richards is a 1996 social work graduate from Utah State University. Prior to his appointment, Judge Richards worked for 16 years for the Eighth District Juvenile Court; first as a probation officer and later as chief probation officer. He is a certified firefighter with the State of Utah and currently volunteers for both Vernal City and Uintah County. 9/17 

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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