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Gov. Gary Herbert’s pick to fill a vacancy on Utah’s Supreme Court, Paige Petersen, was unanimously approved by the Judicial Confirmation Committee on Monday.

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Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has nominated Judge Paige Peterson to fill a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court.

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The Utah Supreme Court’s first female judge is retiring after 35 years on the bench. Justice Christine M. Durham will step down in November. Durham submitted a letter of resignation Tuesday to Governor Gary Herbert. She became the first female supreme court justice in Utah in 1982, when then-Governor, Scott Matheson appointed her. Durham made history again in 2002 when she was elected as Utah’s first female supreme court chief justice. Geoffrey Fattah is a spokesperson for Utah State Courts. He says Durham will be remembered for encouraging more diversity on the bench.

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Environmentalists have complained for years about expanding refineries adding pollution to the Salt Lake Valley’s air.

Utah Supreme Court Clarifies Meaning Of SB54

Apr 8, 2016
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The Utah Supreme Court has issued an opinion clarifying the meaning of recent changes to Utah’s election laws.

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The Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court assured lawmakers Monday the state of Utah’s judiciary is sound. But he requested some needed improvements, too.

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Governor Gary Herbert has nominated Judge John Pearce to fill the vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court.

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Governor Gary Herbert has appointed Judge Constandinos Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court.If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Himonas will take the place of Utah Supreme Court Justice Ronald Nehring who is retiring on February 1st.

Utah Supreme Court Decides Primary Election Case

Sep 8, 2014
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Republican party leaders in Millard County will have to nominate a candidate for county commission before the ballot deadline next week. The Utah Supreme Court gave election officials some new guidance on how to handle a disputed primary election.

After a hearing on Friday, the state Supreme Court upheld part of a lower court ruling that invalidated the June 21st primary election. But the state’s highest court vacated the order requiring a new election.

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Debra Brown will remain a free woman after the Utah Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that cleared her of murder.

Brown was convicted of the murder of her boss, Lael Brown, and spent 17 years in prison. In 2011, a court applied a new state law and found she was “factually innocent.” That decision was was based partly on new testimony and partly on evidence already heard in the original trial.

Salt Lake Tribune

The Utah Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on the appeal of Christopher Carlton, a Pennsylvania man whose baby was given up for adoption in Utah against his will. 

South Carolina Army drill sergeant Terry Achane thought he would be reunited with his 2-year-old daughter in Provo Wednesday, but it didn’t turn out that way.  The Utah Supreme Court put a temporary hold on a lower court judge’s order giving Achane custody of his daughter. 

Achane’s daughter Teleah was placed for adoption at birth without his consent or knowledge.  After months of litigation, Achane’s attorney Mark Wiser says his client was en route to Provo for a hearing in 4th District Court where he expected to finally gain custody of his daughter.

KUER News Pod: Wednesday November 28, 2012

Nov 28, 2012

Democratic candidates for Utah’s vacant senate seat square off in their only debate, the Utah Supreme Court finds parts of Utah’s adoption laws “constitutionally defective,” and Utah students get a new standardized test.

The Utah Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Florida father who did not want his daughter put up for adoption here.  The Court found that Utah’s adoption law was "constitutionally defective" in this case.