Paige Petersen nominated to Utah Supreme Court

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – There's a soon to be vacancy on the highest court in the state, and Tuesday, Governor Gary Herbert unveiled his choice to fill it.

Third District Judge Paige Petersen has been tapped for the Utah Supreme Court.

"This is an extremely humbling moment for me, and it's a true honor to have been appointed by Governor Herbert," said Petersen.

Petersen was raised in Emery County. She graduated from Carbon High School, the College of Eastern Utah, the University of Utah and Yale Law School.

She is the governor's 80th appointment to the bench, the fourth to the Supreme Court.

"It's one of the most important things that I do, that most people don't ever ask me about. What is your philosophy? How are you going to appoint? What's the process of review? And, it's a very exhaustive process," said Herbert, (R) Utah.

Through that process the governor whittled down a list of seven potential nominees to Petersen.

"She has a great reputation of being methodical, a very calm demeanor on the bench and inspires confidence in those who come before her bench," said Herbert.

Petersen replaces outgoing Justice Christine Durham, who served on the Supreme Court for more than 30 years.

Petersen says she's ready to create her own legacy.

"I promise that I will work my absolute hardest, I will do my absolute best to serve the people of Utah on the Supreme Court and I will interpret the law with fidelity."

The final step for Petersen is approval from the State Senate.

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