Salt Lake City v. Ohms
In Salt Lake City v. Ohms, 881 P.2d 844, 848 (Utah 1994), the Court held that court commissioners in courts of record did not have the power to enter final judgments and to impose sentences on defendants in criminal misdemeanor cases. Id. at 851.
The Court characterized that power as a "core judicial function" and held that, in courts of record, only judicial officers appointed pursuant to article VIII could exercise it. Id.