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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill authorizes the governor to appoint the chief justice of the Utah Supreme Court.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . authorizes the governor to appoint the chief justice of the Utah Supreme Court;
14 . authorizes the chief justice of the Utah Supreme Court to appoint the associate chief
15 justice; and
16 . allows the associate chief justice to serve successive two-year terms.
17 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
19 Other Special Clauses:
21 Utah Code Sections Affected:
23 78A-3-101, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
25 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
26 Section 1. Section 78A-3-101 is amended to read:
27 78A-3-101. Number of justices -- Terms -- Chief justice and associate chief justice
28 -- Selection and functions.
29 (1) The Supreme Court consists of five justices.
30 (2) A justice of the Supreme Court shall be appointed initially to serve until the first
31 general election held more than three years after the effective date of the appointment.
32 Thereafter, the term of office of a justice of the Supreme Court is 10 years and commences on
33 the first Monday in January following the date of election. A justice whose term expires may
34 serve upon request of the Judicial Council until a successor is appointed and qualified.
35 (3) The [
36 justice from among the members of the court [
37 the office of chief justice is four years. The governor may appoint a chief justice [
38 serve successive terms. The chief justice may resign from the office of chief justice without
39 resigning from the Supreme Court. [
41 (4) If the [
42 days of a vacancy in that office, the associate chief justice shall act as chief justice until a chief
43 justice is [
44 unwilling to act as chief justice, the most senior justice shall act as chief justice until a chief
45 justice is [
46 (5) In addition to the chief justice's duties as a member of the Supreme Court, the chief
47 justice has duties as provided by law.
48 (6) There is created the office of associate chief justice. The term of office of the
49 associate chief justice is two years. The associate chief justice may serve [
52 justice and the associate chief justice shall be allocated duties as the chief justice determines. If
53 the chief justice is absent or otherwise unable to serve, the associate chief justice shall serve as
54 chief justice. The chief justice may delegate responsibilities to the associate chief justice as
55 consistent with law.
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