Gov. Gary R. Herbert has appointed Chelsea Koch as a judge for the Third District Court. 

“A seasoned public defender and experienced attorney, Chelsea Koch is passionate about ensuring justice and fairness for all in court,” Gov. Herbert said. “Her dedication to enforcing the law with exactness and equity will make her a strong addition to the bench.” 

Since 2008, Koch has run her own private practice. She has also served as a public defender in Tooele County and she worked as an assistant federal defender and trial attorney for the Utah Federal Defender Office from 2003 to 2008. She holds a J.D. from the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and a B.S. in psychology, also from the U.

“I am humbled and honored to be selected by Gov. Herbert to serve the community and the people of the Third Judicial District,” Koch said. “If confirmed, I will endeavor to give each individual a fair opportunity to be heard in court, and to rule according to the Constitution and the laws of this great state.”

This appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate. If confirmed, Koch will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Bernards-Goodman.