Utah Supreme Court
The Utah Supreme Court is the supreme court of the state of Utah, United States. It has final authority of interpretation of the Utah Constitution. The Utah Supreme Court is composed of five members: a chief justice, an associate chief justice, and three justices. All justices are appointed by the governor of Utah, with confirmation by the Utah Senate. The five justices vote among themselves for the position of chief justice and associate chief justice, who each serve a term of four years.
|Utah Supreme Court|
|Location||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Composition method||Executive appointment with legislative confirmation and retention elections|
|Authorized by||Utah State Constitution|
|Appeals to||Supreme Court of the United States|
|Number of positions||5|
|Currently||Matthew B. Durrant|
|Since||March 26, 2012|
|Jurist term ends||January 5, 2025|
In 1850, the United States Congress passed "An Act to Establish a Territorial Government for Utah", Section 9 of which provided that "the judicial power of said territory shall be vested in a Supreme Court, District Court, and Justices of the Peace".
In 1998, the Utah Supreme Court moved into the Scott M. Matheson courthouse. The multimillion-dollar building was nicknamed the "Taj Mahal" by some critics over its cost. Prior to that, the court met in the Utah State Capitol.
Supreme Court JusticesEdit
As of November 2017, the justices are:
|Justice||Born||Term began||Current term ends||Appointed by||Law school|
|Matthew B. Durrant, Chief Justice||1957 (age 62–63)||January 2000 (as Associate Justice)
March 26, 2012 (as Chief)
|2025||Mike Leavitt (R)||Harvard|
|Thomas R. Lee, Associate Chief Justice||December 1964 (age 55)||July 19, 2010 (as Associate Justice)
February 2012 (as Associate Chief)
|2025||Gary Herbert (R)||Chicago|
|Constandinos Himonas||1964 (age 55–56)||February 13, 2015||2029||Gary Herbert (R)||Chicago|
|John A. Pearce||June 6, 1969||December 16, 2015||2021||Gary Herbert (R)||UC Berkeley|
|Paige Petersen||1972 (age 47–48)||December 2017||2023||Gary Herbert (R)||Yale|
- 9 Stat. 453 (September 9, 1850).
- "BAR MAY ANTE UP TO ENHANCE COURTHOUSE". DeseretNews.com. 1997-03-08. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
- Reavy, Pat (2010-06-15). "Security scarce at courthouse when Ronnie Lee Gardner murdered attorney". Deseret News. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
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