SALT LAKE CITY – Gov. Spencer J. Cox has nominated Mandy Larsen of Richfield to be a judge in the 6th District Court, replacing Judge Wallace Lee, who is scheduled to retire in April.
The Utah Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing before the nomination is submitted to the full Senate for confirmation. However, the hearing hasn’t been scheduled yet. The confirmation vote is tentatively set for April 13 at 4 p.m.
If confirmed, she will be one of 38 women out of 160 district judges in Utah. With her appointment, women will comprise 23 percent of the state district court bench.
“Mandy Larsen has demonstrated a strong commitment to justice as both a prosecutor and defense attorney,” Gov. Cox said in a press release. “I’m pleased she has the desire to serve the public in this new capacity and look forward to her distinguished career serving the 6th District on the bench.”
Larsen has served as a deputy county attorney for Sevier County since 2014. In that role, she has prosecuted felony, misdemeanor and juvenile cases. Previously, Larsen served as a city attorney and prosecutor for the Gunnison City Justice Court.
From 2004 to 2014, Larsen had a private practice, which focused on family, criminal defense and juvenile law.
Larsen received a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice from Southern Utah University and earned her Juris Doctorate degree from BYU.
The 6th Judicial District is made up of Garfield, Kane, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier and Wayne counties.