Utah Legislative Year in Review: judicial election/selection changes; should Justice Court judges be attorneys?

Law

HB 136 Amends the definition of “political purposes,” as it relates to campaign and financial reporting requirements, to include an act done to influence a judicial retention.

SB 79 Provides justices of the peace are subject to impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors or malfeasance in office.

SB 141 Requires the Justice Court Nominating Commission to submit three names to the appointing authority.

SB 183 Clarifies presiding/chief judges may receive salaries above those of other judges.

SB 214 Authorizes creation of veterans courts throughout state.

Adopted

HJR 26 Directs Legislative Management Committee examine series of topics, including whether justice court judges should be required to be attorneys.