Justice Court

Judge’s Biographies

NOTICE: Court Hearings

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Justice Court is holding all hearings by video conference, until further notice. You will receive an email with a video conference invite in order to attend. At some future date, all hearings will revert back to in-person attendance. This information will change weekly, so please check this page before your hearing date.

Forms: If this is your first appearance on your case, it will be necessary to fill out a Rights Form (En Español) and Right to Counsel (En Español) form and submit to justice.court@washco.utah.gov before your hearing can be held. Criminal/Traffic Forms available here.

NOTE: First appearances on domestic violence charges are still in-person.

Court Hearings for these weeks are being held by video conference:

  • August 3rd to August 7th, 2020
  • August 10th to August 14th, 2020
  • August 17th to August 21st, 2020
  • August 24th to August 28th, 2020

For additional information, check the court calendars to verify your upcoming court date. Use the search feature to search for your name. Or, call the court at (435) 634-5728, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. You may also email us at justice.court@washco.utah.gov

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, please contact the court to schedule a time for fingerprinting. The phone number is 435-634-5728. Please leave a message with your name and phone number if you do not reach a clerk. We will return your call.

Judge Douglas Whitlock was appointed to the Enterprise Justice Court in November 1990 where he serves on a part-time basis. In January 2003, Judge Whitlock was appointed by the Washington County Commission to serve as a full-time judge in the Washington County Justice Court. Judge Whitlock was awarded the Justice Court Judge of the Year Award in 2005. In March 2009, he received a Certificate of Legal Studies from the Legal Institute for Justice Court Judges. Judge Whitlock currently serves as a member of the Washington County Domestic Violence Coalition. He has also served on the Utah State Fine & Bail Committee and the Washington County Board of Adjustments.

Judge Ronald L. Read was appointed to the Washington County Justice Court bench in September 2014. He graduated from Southern Utah State College in 1981 and the University of Utah Law School in 1990. He served as a law clerk for the United States District Court of Boise, Idaho, after which he then became an associate and shareholder with the law firm of Hughes & Read; Assistant City Attorney for the City of St. George; and then a co-founder of Read & Wright law firm.