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South Salt Lake City v. Maese, 2019 UT 58 (Sept. 20, 2019)

Affirming the appellant’s conviction for traffic infractions, the supreme court held that the right to a jury trial in criminal cases under the Utah Constitution does not extend to cases where the sanction would be limited to incarceration for thirty days or less and/or a minor financial penalty.  The court’s in-depth review of the plain language and historical context of the provision at issue will likely provide a useful framework for interpreting other provisions of the Utah Constitution.