Requests for Public Comment: 3rd District Court Nominee 

November 16, 2023

The Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee is seeking public comment on Stephen Nelson, who Gov. Spencer J. Cox nominated to serve as a judge in the 3rd District Court.  

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox has appointed Stephen Nelson to the Third District Court, replacing Judge Randall N. Skanchy’s vacancy. Nelson’s nomination requires confirmation by the Utah Senate. 

Those who desire to comment should contact the Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee electronically or by mail at the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel by 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2023. Electronic comments can be emailed to Written comments can be mailed to the Utah Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee at the Utah State Capitol, Suite W210, PO Box 145210, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-5210. All statements should include the respondent’s name, telephone number and mailing address. 

The Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee plans to hold a public hearing, then issue a recommendation to the full Senate. If confirmed by the Senate, Nelson will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Randall Skanchy, who will retire on December 29, 2023.

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

Individuals may subscribe to receive committee updates, such as upcoming meetings, and view additional Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee information here.  

Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee members include Sen. Todd D. Weiler (Chair), Sen. Kirk A. Cullimore, Sen. Don L. Ipson, Sen. Karen Kwan, Sen. Daniel McCay, Sen. Stephanie Pitcher and Sen. Scott D. Sandall.