Governor appoints Barnes to Fifth District Court

SALT LAKE CITY – (Feb. 19, 2014) Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed Keith C. Barnes to fill a vacancy in the Fifth District Court.

“For nearly 20 years, Keith has practiced law in southern Utah, with the guiding principle that all people should be treated fairly,” said Governor Herbert.  “I am proud to appoint him and have complete confidence that his abilities and experience will benefit the people in the Fifth District.”
“I am honored by Governor Herbert’s selection to serve as a district court judge,” said Barnes. “I am also humbled to have been selected from such a qualified field of candidates. I will do my very best to serve the people in the Fifth Judicial District with respect, fairness and civility.”
Since 2004, Barnes has been practicing law as owner and lead attorney for Barnes Law Offices, P.C., in Cedar City, Utah. Barnes is recognized as a top attorney for civil litigation, criminal defense and adoption law. Prior to practicing at his own law firm, Barnes was partner at Jensen, Graff & Barnes, P.C., and Park, Park & Barnes, both in Cedar City. His career began as an associate attorney at The Park Firm where his primary responsibilities were handling the Iron County Defender Contract and family law cases.
Barnes has also spent a good part of his professional career serving on community and professional boards. Some of the more recent boards include Utah State Bar Spring Convention, Cedar City Music Arts, Iron Parke Corporation and Rotary Club. In addition, he served as a member of the Southern Utah University National Advisory Board, Utah Radiation Control Board and on the board of directors for Allegiance Direct Bank.  
Barnes received his Juris Doctor in 1994 from Oklahoma City University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Brigham Young University in 1988.

Barnes fills the vacancy created by Judge Westfall moving to St. George to fill Judge Shumate’s position. The governor’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah State Senate.