Utah Senate approves bill adding 4 judgeships in 3rd District Court

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A bill creating four new 3rd District Court judgeships passed the Senate Tuesday.

SB92, sponsored by Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross, was approved 27-1 and now goes to the House. Yet to be decided is whether the $1.81 million cost of adding the new judges will be included in the final budget.

The sole vote against the bill came from Sen. David Hinkins, R-Orangeville, who questioned why judges weren’t transferred from some of the state’s seven other court districts for a day or two at a time to save money.

Weiler said his understanding is that judges are required to live within the districts they serve in and that his bill was intended to address a recent study showing that based on workload, the 3rd District Court is actually short seven judges.

There are currently 29 judges in the 3rd District.

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