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Utah County is named for the Ute Indians, and is currently home to over 480,000 people. Provo is Utah County’s largest city and serves as the county seat, while Lehi is Utah County’s most populous city. Utah County is also a part of the Provo-Orem Metropolitan Statistical Area. Utah County boasts a number of historical sites, including the Historic Utah County Historic Courthouse, which is considered a local work of art.
The Utah County Justice Court handles cases involving class B and C misdemeanors, small claims, ordinance violations, as well as other infractions committed within Utah County’s jurisdiction. The Utah County Commission appoints the Justice Court Judge, who then stands for re-election every four years. The Utah County Justice Court as well as the Juvenile Court have jurisdiction over persons age 16 and 17 who face specific traffic offense charges. However, the Juvenile Court alone hears cases involving charges of driving with a suspended license, automobile homicide, fleeing an officer, and alcohol or drug-related traffic violations.
Recently, Michael Kirsch of Utah County was declared competent to stand trial for stabbing his father to death with a kitchen knife. Initially, doctors declared Kirsch mentally unfit, and admitted him to the Utah State Hospital for treatment. Kirsch has been moved to the Utah State Prison while the 4th District Court determines whether the case should go to trial.
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