Gov. Herbert announces new Utah Supreme Court appointee

Gov. Gary Herbert announces the appointment of Judge Constandinos Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 18, 2014 | Image courtesy of the Office of Gov. Gary Herbert, St. George News

SALT LAKE CITY – Thursday, Gov. Gary R. Herbert announced he has appointed Judge Constandinos “Deno” Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court. Himonas will serve as an associate justice, replacing Utah Supreme Court Justice Ronald E. Nehring, who is set to retire Feb. 1.

Himonas currently serves as a trial judge in the 3rd District Court for the State of Utah. He was appointed to the position in 2004. In this capacity, he has presided over complex civil, criminal and domestic proceedings as well as a felony drug court program, according to a press release. He has presided over more than 100 jury trials and countless bench proceedings. Himonas currently serves as the associate presiding judge for the 3rd District Court.

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“It is an honor for me to appoint Judge Deno Himonas to the Utah Supreme Court,” Herbert said. “Making a selection of this importance is a responsibility I take very seriously. I look for a person with integrity, intelligence, experience and a great sense of respect for the responsibility of the position.  I am confident that Judge Himonas possesses all of these qualities and that he is the right choice.”

Himonas was raised in Price and graduated from Carbon High School. He graduated from the University of Utah in 1986 and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago in 1989, according to the press release.

Prior to his service in the 3rd District Court, Himonas was an attorney and shareholder at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough from 1989-2004. He served as an adjunct associate professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah from 2009-2013.

Himonas is currently a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the Judicial Conduct Commission and co-chair of the 3rd District Court Pro Bono Commission. He previously served as the chair of the executive committee of the litigation section of the Utah State Bar, a member of the Federal Bar Association Executive Committee, a member of the Salt Lake Bar Association Executive Committee, and a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Canons.

“For the past ten years, I have had the privilege of working for the people of this state as a district court judge,” Himonas said. “In that capacity, something I have always tried to remember is that the cases we hear as judges represent either the most important thing going on in the lives of the people in front of us, or one of the most important things. Consequently, I have endeavored to give those cases the full measure of my abilities. And, if confirmed, I commit to this degree of dedication – certainly one the people deserve.”

The governor’s appointment of Himonas is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.

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1 Comment

  • Koolaid December 18, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Does he come with church approval and church recommends?

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