Gov. Herbert appoints Paige Petersen to Utah Supreme Court

Gov. Herbert appoints Paige Petersen to Utah Supreme Court. (Photo: Brian Morris, KUTV)

(KUTV) Governor Gary Herbert appointed Judge Paige Petersen to serve as a justice on the Utah Supreme Court, Tuesday morning, October 31.

If confirmed, Judge Petersen will fill the vacancy created by Justice Christine Durham, who is set to retire on November 15, 2017.

"The judicial appointments I make are among the most significant and enduring things I will do as governor," said Governor Herbert.

Herbert praised Petersen, saying she "has served with distinction and earned a reputation as a thoughtful, deliberative, prepared jurist who has demonstrated a dedication to the rule of law above all."

Petersen was raised in Emery County, Utah, and is a graduate of Carbon High School, the College of Eastern Utah, the University of Utah, and Yale Law School.

She served as a judge of the Utah Third Judicial District Court since 2015, and in her current capacity, she handles a full civil caseload in Salt Lake County.

"It has been my honor to serve the people of Utah as a district court judge," Petersen said.

Petersen expressed gratitude to Governor Herbert, "for the confidence he has placed in me."

"If confirmed, I will work hard, and interpret the laws of Utah with fidelity," Petersen concluded.

Judge Peterson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah in political science and english. She received her Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School.

The governor’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.

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