Upcoming retirement of justice court judge opens vacancy

Summit County Council Canice Hart takes the oath of office for 2023. Judge Shauna Kerr presiding.
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Applications are being accepted for a justice court judge who will serve Summit County. The position will replace Judge Shauna Kerr, who will retire in December. 

To be considered for a justice court judgeship in Summit County, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a Utah resident for at least three years, and have a degree from a law school that would make one eligible to apply for admission to a bar in any state in the United States. In addition, applicants must be a resident of Summit County, an adjacent county, or the judicial district in which the justice court is located either upon appointment or within a reasonable time following appointment.  

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Court’s website at under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website ( The salary range for the position is $122,628 to $157,664 per year and includes benefits. For additional information about working for Summit County, email David Warnock, director of personnel management for Summit County, at  

The deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the  attention of Jim Peters, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For questions about the justice courts or the process for filling this position, email Jim Peters, Justice Court  Administrator, at  

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Summit County Council within 45 days of its first meeting. The Summit County Council will then have 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.


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