Third District judges unanimously re-elected Judge Scott Daniels Wednesday to serve a two-year term as presiding judge.
The 3rd District is made up of Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties and includes 14 of the state's 29 judges. It is Utah's major trial court, having jurisdiction to try civil, domestic, criminal and felony cases.The 3rd District is installing a computer-managed case flow system, a project Daniels initiated in 1986.
"In the next two years, the district courts will be in transition from county-funded courts to state-funded courts. We are finally in a position to make some real improvements in the judiciary," Daniels said.
"When I was elected presiding judge, I swore to get the court out of the quill-and-ink-pot era and into the 20th century. We're not there yet, but we're moving in that direction. One day we'll make it, or I'll die trying," he said.
Daniels serves on the Commission of Criminal and Juvenile Justice, is co-chairman of the Governor's Commission on Victims and co-chairman of the task force to revise the grand jury statutes.
Additionally, he serves on Salt Lake County's Criminal Justice Advisory Council and the Supreme Court's advisory committee on appellate procedure.
The presiding judge is also president of American Inns of Court at the J. Reuben Clark College of Law in Provo and is an adjunct professor at the University of Utah.
Daniels, who graduated in 1975 from the U. College of Law, was appointed to the bench in 1982.
Prior to his appointment to the district bench, he practiced law for a Salt Lake firm.