Commission Membership

The commission is composed of 15 voting members and one ex officio, nonvoting member.

The governor, with the consent of the Senate, appoints the following voting members:

  • 2 practicing criminal defense attorneys recommended by the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
  • 1 attorney practicing in juvenile delinquency defense recommended by the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
  • 1 attorney practicing in the area of parental defense, recommended by the Parental Defense Alliance; 
  • 1 attorney representing minority interests recommended by the Utah Minority Bar Association;
  • 1 member recommended by the Utah Association of Counties from a county of the 1st or 2nd class;
  • 1 member recommended by the Utah Association of Counties from a county of the 3rd through 6th class;
  • 1 director of a county public defender organization recommended by the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
  • 2 members recommended by the Utah League of Cities and Towns from its membership;
  • 1 retired judge recommended by the Judicial Council;

The following members are not appointed by the governor:

  • 2 members of the Utah Legislature: 1 from the House and 1 from the Senate. selected jointly by the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate; &
  • 1 member from the Administrative Office of the Courts, selected by The Judicial Council;
  • The executive director of the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice or the executive director's designee; and
  • The director of the commission, is an ex officio, nonvoting member of the commission.

All members appointed to the commission shall have significant experience in indigent criminal defense, parental defense, or juvenile defense in delinquency proceedings or have otherwise demonstrated a strong commitment to providing effective representation in indigent defense services.

A person who is currently employed solely as a criminal prosecuting attorney may not serve as a member of the commission.