Utah Governor's Office
Assistant U.S. attorney Paige Petersen has been appointed by Gov. Gary Herbert to fill a judicial vacancy on the 3rd District Court. The Utah State Senate still needs to confirm the appointment.

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has nominated Paige Petersen to fill a judicial vacancy on the 3rd District Court.

Petersen currently serves as an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She works in the violent crimes section handling violent crimes on Native American reservations, firearms violations, child pornography and bank robberies. She also serves as the Project Safe Neighborhood Coordinator and the Violence Against Women coordinator.

“I am pleased to appoint Ms. Petersen. Her unique background, impressive intellect and thoughtful demeanor will combine to make her a very effective judge,” Herbert said in a prepared statement. “I have full confidence that her extensive experience and dedication will serve the 3rd District Court and the people of Utah well.”

The 3rd District serves Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit counties.

Before working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Petersen was a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague Netherlands. She also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, New York.

The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on Petersen's appointment. Those wishing to comment should contact Mr. Michael Christensen at the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah State Capitol Campus, House Building, Suite W210, PO Box 145210, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5210, by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 20. All statements should include the respondent's name, telephone number and mailing address.

If confirmed by the Senate, Petersen will fill the vacancy that resulted from the confirmation of Judge Kate Toomey as a member of the Utah Court of Appeals.