Utah Court of Appeals
|Utah Court of Appeals|
|Method:||Commission-selection, political appointment|
The Utah Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in Utah. It was formed in 1987 and is one of two state appellate courts. The other state appellate court in Utah is the Utah Supreme Court.
The Court of Appeals hears all appeals from the Juvenile and District Courts, except cases coming from the small claims department of a District Court. It hears appeals from the Utah District Court involving domestic relations cases including divorce, annulment, division of property, child custody, child support, visitation, adoption and paternity and some criminal matters (except first degree felonies and capital cases). The Court of Appeals also considers appeals coming from state agencies such as the Utah Industrial Commission and the Department of Employment Security Career Service Review Board. It also hears cases transferred to it by the Utah Supreme Court.
Judges are chosen using a gubernatorial commission process. The Utah appellate judicial nominating commission has eight members. Seven of the members are appointed by the governor. The eighth member of the commission is the state's chief justice or someone chosen by the chief justice. This member of the commission is a non-voting member.
|Judge James Z. Davis||1993-1/3/2021||Gov. Mike O. Leavitt|
|Judge Gregory Orme||1987-1/3/2021||Gov. Norman Bangerter|
|Judge J. Frederic Voros Jr.||2009-1/3/2021||Gov. Gary Herbert|
|Judge Michele Christiansen||2010-1/3/2021||Gov. Gary Herbert|
|Judge Kate A. Toomey||2014-Present||Gov. Gary Herbert|
|Judge Stephen L. Roth||2010-1/3/2021||Gov. Gary Herbert|
|Judge John A. Pearce||2013-2016||Gov. Gary Herbert|
In order to be a judge on the court:
- A candidate must be a United States citizen.
- Must have been a resident of Utah for at least three years.
- Must be at least 25 years old.
- Must be admitted to practice law in Utah.
During the third and fourth week of the month panels hear oral arguments from cases. The judges then confer to discuss issues that were raised in the case. One of the judges on the panel is then assigned to write the opinion of the court. In addition to oral argument panels, three judges are designated by the court to the law and motion panel. This panel is responsible for determining procedural and substantive motions. It also hears cases on one day per month.
While the court sessions are usually held in Salt Lake City, the court also travels multiple times during the year and holds court in various regions of the state.
- News: Wikipedia cited in Utah appellate court, August 27, 2012
- Utah Courts, "Court of Appeals Judges"
- Official Homepage of the Utah Court of Appeals
- Judge Selection and Evaluation