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Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Utah

Campaign Conduct

According to Canon 4 of Utah's code of judicial conduct, judicial retention candidates shall not:

  • Make pledges or promises of conduct in office other than the faithful and impartial performance of the duties of the office.
  • Misrepresent their identity, qualifications, present position, or other facts.
  • Personally solicit or accept campaign funds or solicit publicly stated support.

If their retention has drawn active public opposition, judicial retention candidates may establish campaign committees to secure and manage campaign funds and to obtain public statements of support.

When a party or lawyer who made a contribution of $50 or more to a judge's campaign committee appears before the judge, the judge is required to disclose the contribution to the parties. The disclosure requirement continues from the time the judge forms a campaign committee until 180 days after the general election.