Guv appoints 3rd District Juvenile Court judge

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Gov. Gary Herbert on Monday appointed Renee Jimenez to fill a vacancy on the 3rd District Juvenile Court bench.

"Renee's extensive experience will provide valuable insight and guidance to struggling youth," Herbert said in a news release. "Her notable expertise in child support and family welfare law will be truly valuable as we work to strengthen and support Utah families."

Since 1991, Jimenez has dedicated her time and efforts on behalf of Utah residents, specifically in the protection of children, the news release says, adding that her role as an attorney and also as a section chief at the Utah State Attorney General's Office, provided her valued experience in child welfare law. During that time, Jimenez was responsible for hundreds of active child support, child abuse and neglect cases.

"I am very honored by this appointment," Jimenez said in the news release. "My time at the Attorney General's Office Child Protection Division has provided me with a solid background for the very important work of the juvenile court, and I look forward to my continued service to the state of Utah."

In addition to her professional work, Jimenez has served as either a member or chair to various committees. She served as chair of the Utah Supreme Court's Diversion Committee for four years, and then as a member for three years. She served as a member of the Drug Court Management Team, the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Juvenile Procedure and as chair of the Ethics and Discipline Committee.

Jimenez received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Utah College of Law and a BS in Behavioral Science and Health from the University of Utah.

She will fill the position previously held by Judge Frederic Oddone, who retired April 16.

Jimenez's appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.