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
Since 1998, the Utah Supreme Court has met in the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse. The Court previously met in the Utah State Capitol.
LocationSalt Lake City, Utah Utah
Composition methodExecutive appointment with legislative confirmation and retention elections
Authorized byUtah State Constitution
Appeals toSupreme Court of the United States
Number of positions5
WebsiteOfficial site
Chief Justice
CurrentlyMatthew B. Durrant
SinceMarch 26, 2012
Jurist term endsJanuary 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".[1]

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.[2] Prior to that, the court met in the Utah State Capitol.[3]

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 (1969-06-06) June 6, 1969 (age 51) December 16, 2015 2021 Gary Herbert (R) UC Berkeley
Paige Petersen 1972 (age 47–48) December 2017 2023 Gary Herbert (R) Yale


  1. ^ 9 Stat. 453 (September 9, 1850).
  2. ^ "BAR MAY ANTE UP TO ENHANCE COURTHOUSE". DeseretNews.com. 1997-03-08. Retrieved 2017-11-01.
  3. ^ 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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Coordinates: 40°45′34″N 111°53′20″W / 40.759497°N 111.888918°W / 40.759497; -111.888918