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Censure Recommended for Utah Judge Who Makes Too Much Money; Legal Salary Limit Is $132K

Posted Oct 18, 2012 12:04 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A Utah judge has been recommended for censure because he has been determined to have been making too much money, through multiple bench appointments.

Box Elder Justice Court Judge Kevin Christensen works in the county courthouse in Brigham City and in the cities of Garland, Tremonton and Willard, the Standard-Examiner reports.

The article doesn't say how much Christensen made in 2009, 2010 and 2011, when the state's Judicial Conduct Commission found that he had earned excessive compensation.

However, the commission notes in an annual report released Wednesday that "state law provides that a justice court judge employed by more than one governmental entity may not receive a total salary for service as a justice court judge greater than the salary of a district court judge.” A district judge is paid a little over $132,000 annually.

It is up to the Utah Supreme Court to determine whether to censure Christensen, the newspaper notes, and he is challenging the constitutionality of the salary limit in a proceeding before that court.

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