Court of Appeals
JUDGE RUSSELL W. BENCH - Judge Russell W. Bench is an Active Senior Judge. He was appointed in 1986 by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter as an original member of the Utah Court of Appeals. He took the oath of office in January 1987. After earning a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1976, Judge Bench completed judicial clerkships for Chief Justice F. Henri Henriod and Chief Justice Gordon R. Hall of the Utah Supreme Court. Later, he served as a central staff attorney for the Utah Supreme Court. In 1985, Judge Bench earned his Master of Public Administration degree from Brigham Young University. Judge Bench served twice as the presiding judge of the Court of Appeals, as vice-chair of the Utah Judicial Council, as chair of various Judicial Council committees, and as a member of the Judicial Conduct Commission. While a senior judge, he has served on the Utah Independent Legislative Ethics Commission and as chair of the Davis County Ethics Review Commission. He is currently a member of the Board of Senior Judges. Updated 10/21/21