The 3rd District's top judge has been tapped to fill a spot on the Utah Court of Appeals.

Robert K. Hilder was selected by Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to take the spot on the bench vacated by the retirement of Judith Billings, one of the appeals court's six original members. Hilder has served in Park City and Salt Lake City as a trial judge for 12 years.

"Judge Hilder has been an excellent trial court judge for more than 12 years and brings with him valuable knowledge and experience to our court of appeals," the governor said. "I am grateful for his willingness to serve in this capacity."

Hilder came to the United States from Australia in 1977. He attended the University of Utah where he got his undergraduate degree and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received his law degree in 1984. He worked as a part-time clerk during law school with the firm of Christensen, Jensen and Powell and moved up the career ladder there until he became managing director. Gov. Mike Leavitt appointed Hilder to the bench in 1995.

Hilder has been a member of the Utah Judicial Council Management Committee and a member of the Utah Grand Jury Panel of Judges.

Huntsman has also named Marvin D. Bagley, the county attorney for Piute and Wayne counties, to fill a 6th District vacancy created by Judge David L. Mower's retirement.

Bagley got his law degree from Brigham Young University and was a judicial clerk in the U.S. District Court of Nevada. He worked for eight years for the Salt Lake law firm of VanCott, Bagley, Cornwall & McCartney, with an emphasis on civil litigation.

Bagley also works as city prosecutor for the cities of Manti, Gunnison and Escalante and represents several other communities in the area as well. He has a private civil practice in Richfield.

The 6th District includes Garfield, Kane, Sanpete, Sevier, Piute and Wayne counties.

The appointments of Hilder and Bagley must be confirmed by the Senate.