James L. Shumate

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James L. Shumate
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Court Information:
Utah Fifth Judicial District
Title:   Former judge
Position:   District Court
Appointed by:   Gov. Norman Bangerter
Active:   1992-2014
Past post:   Judge, Fifth Circuit Court
Past term:   1991-1992
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Utah
Law School:   University of Utah College of Law, 1975
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Fifth Judicial District
State:  Utah
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary vote:  
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Retention vote:  52,301
Retention vote %:  83.5% ApprovedA

James L. Shumate is a former Utah Fifth Judicial District judge for the St. George District Court.[1] He was appointed to this position in January 1992 and was last retained in 2012.[2] Shumate retired from the court on March 31, 2014.[3]


Shumate received his undergraduate degree from the University of Utah. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1975.[2][4]




Shumate stood for retention election in 2012. On November 6, 2012, Shumate was retained to the Fifth Judicial District with 83.5% of the vote and a total of 52,301 votes.[5][6]

See also: Utah judicial elections, 2012

Judicial performance evaluation recommendation

The Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission compiled information from attorneys, court staff and jurors about the performance of all judges up for retention in 2012. Judges were evaluated based on five criteria.

A judge must score at least 3 out of 5 in each of these categories to meet the minimum performance standard. 108 attorneys responded to the following questions. Here are Shumate's scores:

  • Legal Ability: 3.95
  • Communication: 3.98
  • Integrity: 4.23
  • Judicial temperament: 4.21
  • Administrative: 4.02

Based on cumulative results, Judge Shumate was recommended for retention by 12 out of 12 commission members. For the full report, visit: Utah Judicial Evaluation Performance Commission, Honorable James L. Shumate.

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