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Utahns Give Courts a Good Review

A new survey shows that a large portion of the public maintains a high opinion of the Utah judicial system, reports a Deseret News article.

Commissioned by the Utah Judicial Council, the survey looked at public confidence in the Utah court system. Of those surveyed, 81 percent rated the state’s courts as “good to excellent.” The results showed a slight raise from the last poll of this nature; in 2006, only 78 percent of the public gave the courts the same rating.

The 800 household polled were asked questions regarding their “knowledge, expectations, familiarity, perception, experiences and confidence” with the courts, reports the article.

The most notable shift from 2006 was in regard to how the public learned about the courts, say court officials. In the most recent survey, 51 percent of respondents said they used the Internet as their most frequent source of information on the courts, compared to 22 percent in 2006. 

Of those surveyed, 92 percent said that protecting constitutional rights was one of the court’s most important functions. Public safety and open access to information on court performance were also considered important roles.

“The Utah Judicial Council will use the data to look at how the courts can improve services to the public,” said a statement issued by Utah State Court Administrator Dan Becker. “We will concentrate our efforts to improve communication to minority communities and work to minimize the barriers that are keeping the public from accessing their courts.”

In Utah, Supreme Court justices are appointed by the governor from a nominations commission’s recommendations.

To view the full survey, click here.

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