SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Court of Appeals Judge Carolyn McHugh has been appointed by the Utah Supreme Court to serve on the Judicial Conduct Commission.

The commission investigates complaints regarding judges in the state. If the commission finds any wrongdoing, it has the authority to admonish judges in a variety of ways and also can make recommendations for action to the Utah Supreme Court.

McHugh will fill a vacancy created by the Dec. 31 retirement of Judge Russell Bench. When the remaining months of Bench's term expire in July 2012, the high court will consider reappointing McHugh for a full four-year term.

The Utah Supreme Court is required by law to appoint two judges and two lawyers to the commission, and one of the judges must be from the Court of Appeals.

Former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. appointed McHugh to the Court of Appeals in 2005.

— Linda Thomson