Provo

Jarom Bangerter serves residents in the Third and Fourth Judicial Districts. The Fourth Judicial District consists of Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Less than 50 miles south of Salt Lake City and along the front of Wasatch Mountain, Provo is the third-largest city in Utah and the largest city in Utah County. It is also the county seat of Utah Valley. Areas surrounding Provo and included in The Fourth Judicial District are Orem, Lehi, Heber City, Highland, American Fork, Saratoga Springs, Salem, Spanish Fork, Santaquin, and more. Just north of Provo is the family-favorite attraction, Thanksgiving Point. And if you go north up Provo Canyon, you’ll find the Mount Timpanogos Trailhead, Timpanogos Cave National Monument, and the Sundance Mountain Resort. 

Provo was initially known as Timpanogas, as the Timpanogos Indians inhabited it. It also served as a meeting place for other tribes like the Utes and Shoshones. However, in the mid-1800s, Mormon pioneers settled in Salt Lake and eventually made their way down south. Much of the city now has strong associations with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Brigham Young University, the Provo temple, and the Provo City Center temple. The BYU campus features not just one museum but multiple museums that are free to the public. Provo takes pride in staying active. You can see many residents enjoy the 15.2-mile trail along the Provo River that stretches past the Bridal Veil waterfall, through the Riverwoods, and ends at Utah Lake. 

The city also takes pride in maintaining the historic feel in downtown Provo. Located downtown is the Provo District Court, Provo Juvenile Court, and Office of Guardian ad Litem at 137 N Freedom Blvd. You can call the courthouse at (801) 429-1000. And the Utah County Court of Justice, also in the heart of downtown, is located at 151 S University Ave., Suite 3300. Their phone number is (801) 851-7200. Provo also has a Justice Court located at 75 E 1700 S Ste 100(801-851-6878) and the Utah County Juvenile Court for Special Services and Work Crew at 2031 S State Street (801-354-7268). 

Judges serving Provo residents are: 

Presiding Judge Jennifer A. Brown: Judge Brown received a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. Prior to her judicial appointment, Judge Brown was a partner with Tesch Law Offices in Park City. She also practiced law as both corporate in-house counsel and associate at various law firms in Salt Lake City. 

Associate Presiding Judge Kraig Powell: He holds M.A., J.D., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. He served as a legislator in the Utah House of Representatives from 2009 through 2016. Judge Powell is past president of the Heber Valley Rotary Club and past chair of the Wasatch Community Foundation. He has taught political science as adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University-Wasatch Campus and has also served as a commissioner on the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission.

Judge James Brady: Judge Brady graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1982. He served as a Deputy City Attorney for Provo (1982-1984) as City Attorney for Mapleton (1990-2003), and later served on the Mapleton City Council (2005-2006) and as Mayor of Mapleton (2006-2007). He served on the Utah County Board of Adjustment for many years, and as chairman of the Board of Adjustment for a few of those years.

Judge Anthony Howell: He graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2002. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was Chief Counsel at the Utah County Public Defender Association from 2011 until his appointment to the bench. He was a trial attorney at the Utah County Public Defender Association from 2002 until his appointment to Chief Counsel. 

Judge Christine S. Johnson: Judge Johnson received her Juris Doctor in 1996 from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University. From 2009 through 2015, Judge Johnson served on the Standing Committee on Judicial Branch Education, which oversees the continuing education of judges and court staff in Utah. Judge Johnson presently serves as a member of the Board of District Court Judges and as Chair of the Criminal Justice Roundtable.

Judge Thomas Low: Judge Low received a Juris Doctorate, with honors, from Brigham Young University, where he was admitted into the Order of the Barristers. He also received a bachelor of arts degree from Brigham Young University. He was named County Attorney of the Year in November 2008 and was identified as a member of the 2009 Utah Legal Elite by Utah Business magazine. Judge Low is a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission and of the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.

Judge Robert C. Lunnen: Judge Lunnen received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brigham Young University in 1982. He obtained his law degree in 1985 from Loyola University, School of Law, New Orleans. During his career with the Department of Justice, he served two details as the Judicial Attaché in Bogota, Colombia, and in Kabul, Afghanistan. Judge Lunnen speaks fluent Spanish and has taught judicial advocacy for prosecutors throughout Central and South America and at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. During his legal career, Judge Lunnen also served as a city attorney, assistant attorney general, and as private practitioner.

Judge Darold J. McDade: He graduated from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1990. He served as a volunteer judge pro tem in the Fourth District Court-Small Claims Division-from 2004 to 2007. Judge McDade was also an elected member of the Pleasant Grove City Council from 2000 to 2007 and is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association.

Judge Derek P. Pullan: Judge Pullan graduated cum laude from the J. Reuben Clark Law School in 1993 and was a law clerk at the Utah Supreme Court. He served as chairman of the Board of District Court Judges and presiding judge of the Fourth District Court. He is a frequent presenter on evidence law at judicial conferences and has taught evidence at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. Judge Pullan is a member of the Utah Judicial Council and chairs the Council’s Policy and Planning Committee.

Judge Brent H. Bartholomew: Judge Bartholomew earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in psychology from Brigham Young University. Judge Bartholomew is certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children. He has served on the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Procedure and the Children’s Justice Center Advisory Board for Wasatch County. Judge Bartholomew currently serves on the Standing Committee on Children and Family Law, the Education Court Report Interagency Committee, and the New Judges Orientation Committee. In 2013, he was named “Mentor of the Year” by the Utah State Bar and in 2006 received the “Child Advocate Award” by the Utah County Child Abuse Council.

Judge Suchada P. Buzzelle: Judge Bazzelle graduated from the University of Colorado in 1990 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and received a law degree from Brigham Young University in 1994. In 2019, Judge Bazzelle was appointed as the Juvenile Court representative for the Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice. She has conducted a child welfare adult drug court and a juvenile delinquency drug court and served as the judge in a 2020 pilot program for a Safe Babies court, which focuses on better serving children between the ages of zero to three years.

Judge D. Scott Davis: He received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1983. He practiced law in Alaska, where he was raised, for 17 years in both private and government sectors. He moved to Utah in July of 2000 and was admitted to the Utah Bar Association 2-3 months later. He worked in the private practice of law from 2000 until July 2007 when he joined the Utah Attorney General’s Office, where he served until his appointment to the bench.

Judge Vernon F. Romney: He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English in 1979 and a law degree in 1982. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Romney worked for 22 years in the Provo City attorney’s office, at which time he served primarily as lead city prosecutor. Judge Romney has served as president of the Central Utah Bar Association, president of the Utah Municipal Prosecutors Association, chair of the Fourth District Court’s Victim’s Rights Committee, as a member of the Utah Domestic Violence Council, and as a member of the training committee for the Utah Prosecution Council.

Judge Scott J. Cullimore: He graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Criminal Justice. He retired from a career in law enforcement after 20 years of service. Judge Cullimore has taught substance abuse classes for the Utah County Department of Human Services. He has been a member of the Advisory Board of Adult Probation and Parole and currently is a member of the Lindon Historic Committee. Judge Cullimore has served on the Lindon City Council and as the Lindon City Mayor. He received the Justice Court Judge of the Year Award in 2003. 

Judge Stevan W. Ridge: Judge Ridge was educated at Utah State University and Weber State University. He is a graduate of the Utah Law Enforcement Academy and the Utah Corrections Academy. For 23 years, Judge Ridge served as a law enforcement officer with the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Department and the Utah Department of Corrections. He has completed the Utah Judicial Institute training program and has served two terms as education director for the 4th District Justice Court judges.