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Former Justice Christine Durham Honored By Legislature

Julia Ritchey
Former Justice Christine M. Durham

The Utah Legislature is honoring former Chief Justice Christine Durham, who retired last fall after nearly four decades on the bench.


The House and Senate passed a resolution on Thursday praising Durham for her trailblazing legal career. She became the first female justice on Utah’s Supreme Court in 1982. She later served as chief justice for ten years.


House Minority Leader Brian King said Durham has been a role model to countless lawyers and judges In the state.


“I think it’s not a close call that Christine M. Durham is the most influential woman in the history of the state of Utah," he said.


After her retirement, Durham was replaced on the court with Justice Paige Peterson. Peterson is now the third woman to serve on the state’s highest court.


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