Judge Reuben Renstrom


SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Gary Herbert has appointed Justice Court Judge Reuben J. Renstrom to the 2nd District Court bench in Ogden.

“Reuben has proved himself rational, fair and thoughtful in his current role as a justice court judge,” Herbert said in a prepared statement. “He will execute the law with equality and justice, and I believe he will be a strong addition to the bench.”

Renstrom, one of five candidates recommended to the governor by the 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission, has been a justice court judge since 2006. He worked on the South Ogden, South Weber, Harrisville, Riverdale and Woods Cross justice courts.

Before, he was an attorney and mediator for Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones and taught constitutional law at Weber State University. He holds a doctorate in law from the University of Kansas.

“I am deeply humbled and incredibly grateful for the confidence that Governor Herbert has shown in me with this opportunity,” Renstrom said in a news release from Herbert’s office. “I look forward to continuing to serve the Second District and its communities, and dedicating my professional life to them and their legal concerns.”

Renstrom will replace Judge Mark DeCaria, who retired April 15.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.

The Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee announced Thursday it is seeking public comment on Renstrom’s appointment.

Those who want to comment should send their statements to Jerry Howe at the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel, Utah State Capitol Campus, House Building, Suite W210, PO Box 145210, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-5210, by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17.

All statements should include the commenter’s name, telephone number and mailing address.

The confirmation committee plans to hold a public hearing, then make a recommendation to the full Senate.

You can reach reporter Mark Shenefelt at mshenefelt@standard.net or 801 625-4224. Follow him on Twitter at @mshenefelt.

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