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Politics & Government

Gov. Herbert Selects John Pearce to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

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Brian Grimmett
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Judge John Pearce

Governor Gary Herbert has nominated Judge John Pearce to fill the vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court.

John Pearce is currently serving as a Utah Court of Appeals Justice, and had previously served as Governor Herbert’s general counsel. He beat out 6 other nominees to get the appointment. Pearce says he’s honored and humbled to have been selected.

“I’ve spent the vast majority of my professional life either in a courtroom, or preparing to be in a courtroom, or dealing with the aftermath of what occurred in a courtroom," Pearce says. "And that experience has ingrained in me an unwavering belief that what happens in a courtroom matters.”

The appointment now goes before the Utah Senate for confirmation. If that happens, Pearce will be replacing Justice Jill Parish, who resigned to become a U.S. District Court Judge. This will be the third justice Herbert has appointed to the Utah Supreme Court. 

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