Utah’s original Judicial Department article, written on the eve of statehood by a constitutional convention, was designed to fit the pattern common to other state court systems at that time. It contained twenty-eight detailed sections, including the composition of judicial districts, a prohibition against hiring relatives, and a mandate for the Utah Supreme Court to prepare a syllabus for each judgment or decree. By the time the state reached its centennial year in 1996, this article had been amended in 1944 and 1946 to permit legislative changes in district...
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