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Methods of Judicial Selection: Utah

Selection of Judges

Number of Judgeships
Supreme Court: 5
Court of Appeals: 7
District Court: 70
Number of Districts/Circuits
Supreme Court: --
Court of Appeals: --
District Court: 8
Geographic Basis for Selection
Supreme Court: statewide
Court of Appeals: statewide
District Court: district
Method of Selection (full term)
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Court of Appeals: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
District Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Length of Term
Supreme Court: at least 3 yrs
Court of Appeals: at least 3 yrs
District Court: at least 3 yrs
Method of Retention
Supreme Court: retention election
Court of Appeals: retention election
District Court: retention election
Length of Subsequent Terms
Supreme Court: 10 yrs
Court of Appeals: 6 yrs
District Court: 6 yrs
Method of Filling Interim Vacancies
Supreme Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
Court of Appeals: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
District Court: gubernatorial appointment from nominating commission with senate confirmation
When Interim Judges Stand for Election/Appointment
Supreme Court: first general election more than 3 yrs after appointment
Court of Appeals: first general election more than 3 yrs after appointment
District Court: first general election more than 3 yrs after appointment
Selection of Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: peer vote
Court of Appeals: peer vote
District Court: peer vote
Term of Office for Chief Judge/Justice
Supreme Court: 4 yrs
Court of Appeals: 2 yrs
District Court: 2 yrs
Qualifications
Supreme Court: U.S. citizen; state resident 5 yrs; 30 yrs of age; admitted to practice law in state; mandatory retirement at 75
Court of Appeals: U.S. citizen; state resident 3 yrs; 25 yrs of age; admitted to practice law in state; mandatory retirement at 75
District Court: U.S. citizen; state resident 3 yrs; 25 yrs of age; admitted to practice law in state; mandatory retirement at 75
Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article VIII of the Utah Constiution.