Utah Supreme Court

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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

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.


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 Justices[edit]

As of November 2017, the justices are:


  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.
  4. ^ "Story Details - Governor Gary Herbert". www.utah.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  5. ^ Manson, Pamela (February 13, 2015). "Judge Deno Himonas gets nod from Senate committee for Utah Supreme Court". Sltrib.com. Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "Story Details - Governor Gary Herbert". www.utah.gov. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  7. ^ "Gov. Herbert picks judge with 'great intellectual firepower' to fill Utah Supreme Court vacancy". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2017-11-01.

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Coordinates: 40°45′34″N 111°53′20″W / 40.759497°N 111.888918°W / 40.759497; -111.888918