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.