Retired district judge recognized by Wyoming State Bar

Via the Wyoming News Exchange


GILLETTE (WNE) — The Wyoming State Bar and the Wyoming Supreme Court recently awarded John R. Perry, retired District Court judge for the 6th Judicial District, the Larry L. Lehman Award for Judicial Excellence.


Perry served as a district court judge in Campbell County for 21 years before retiring in 2022.


Since then, he’s been active as a mentor to district court judges around the state. He also conducts mediations and has filled in for sitting judges when they’ve had conflicts or needed relief because of illness or need for time off.


Perry also has been serving as the chairman of the Judicial Branch Innovation Task Force, which has met monthly throughout 2022 and 2023. The task force was charged with taking a fresh look at how the judicial branch functions and how it could be improved to achieve greater job satisfaction for judges and employees, and to deliver more prompt, timely, and cost-effective resolution of legal disputes for Wyoming residents, according to a press release.


Perry’s leadership on the task force is moving the Wyoming Judicial Branch forward in numerous respects. As a result of the task force’s work, the branch governance structure has been reorganized to provide for greater participation by all judges, it has adopted a mission statement and strategic plan to guide its decisions and it is launching two pilot programs to address some of the judiciary’s greatest challenges — a court navigator to assist self-represented litigants, and a behavioral health diversion project to better use state resources for criminal defendants with behavioral health needs.


This story was published on September 19, 2023. 


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