Hansen, who is retiring on Dec. 31, was appointed to the court in January 1998 by then Gov. Mike Leavitt.
The names of the 45 applicants and 31 for a seat being vacated in the 1st District,will go to nominating commissions, which will interview candidates and offer five names to the governor, who will then select a nominee. That nominee will be voted on by the Utah State Senate.
Hansen received his law degree from the University of Utah in 1970.
He served as a member of the Utah House of Representatives; as a member and chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Utah Judicial Council; as a member and chairman of the Board of Directors of Utah Legal Services; as a member and chairman of the Judicial Performance Oversight Committee; as a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil and Appellate Procedure, 1986-88; as a member and chairman of the Utah Supreme Court Professional Responsibility Advisory Committee; as a member of the Second District Judicial Nominating Commission; and a member of state Judicial Conduct Commission since 2002.
The position pays $125,850 yearly, with 20 days of paid vacation. Judges are elected to serve six-year terms.
At a recent address before the Exchange Club, Hansen said he believes people want a judge to be independent, without bias or prejudice and not influenced by their own agenda or that of a special interest group.