Two new judges will be appointed to eastern Utah's fast-growing 8th Judicial District, a decision lawmakers approved despite a price tag of more than a half-million dollars per year.
Lawmakers approved SB125 and SB127 on Thursday. Both are headed to Gov. Gary Herbert to be signed into law.
The bills would add an adult court judge and a juvenile court judge, plus two clerks, starting in fiscal year 2014. While Utah court case numbers overall have been declining, the 8th Judicial District, which serves residents in Uintah, Duchesne and Daggett counties, registered more than a 20 percent jump from 2008 to 2012 and overloaded existing judges.