Governor appoints Bates to the Third District Court

SALT LAKE CITY (May 24, 2016) – Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Matthew Bates as a judge to fill a vacancy on the 3rd District Court.

“Matthew’s diversity of experience, paired with a keen intellect and exceptional work ethic, will make him a valuable asset to the 3rd District Court. I have every confidence that he will be an excellent judge” said Gov. Herbert.

Bates joined the Summit County Attorney’s Office in 2011, and is currently the chief prosecutor. Prior to his service in Summit County, he served in the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s office (2008-2011). Bates served as both a criminal and civil appellate attorney at the Utah Attorney General’s office (2006-2008).

“I am humbled by this appointment and grateful to the Governor for this opportunity,” said Bates. “I have spent much of my career striving to uphold the principles of our state and federal constitutions. If confirmed, I look forward to serving the people of Utah and ensuring that our courts are fair and accessible to all.”

Subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate, Bates will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Charlene Barlow.