Judge Douglas Thomas has been named presiding judge for the Seventh District Court forÂ a two-year term. He replaces Judge George Harmond whose term has expired. Judge Lyle Anderson has been named associate presiding judge.
The presiding judges are responsible for the effective operation of their courts. According to court Rule 3-104, presiding judges are responsible for implementation and enforcement of statutes, rules, policies, and directives of the Utah Judicial Council as they pertain to the administration of the courts. The presiding judge is responsible for assigning cases and judges.
Presiding judges and associate presiding judges are elected by a majority vote of the judges of their court. When the presiding judge is unavailable, the associate presiding judge assumes his or her responsibilities.
Thomas was appointed to the Seventh District Court in April 2007 by Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. Hereceived his undergraduate degree from Weber State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Utah, and Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law in 1989. He worked for the law firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall and McCarthy and later was a shareholder with Gridley, Ward and Shaw where he managed the firm's Layton office.
He was appointed as a District Court Commissioner in 2003 where he served until his present appointment. In addition to his courtroom responsibilities, Judge Thomas currently serves on the Board of District Court Judges, the Family Law Executive Committee of the Utah State Bar, and as co- chair of the Judicial Council's Standing Committee on Children and Family Law.