EPHRAIM CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : May 22, 2017 10:22 am : Bar News

Ephraim, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Ephraim. The position will replace Judge Ivo Peterson who will retire in June 30, 2017.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Sanpete County, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a Utah resident for at least three years, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. In addition, candidates must be a resident of the county in which the court is located—or an adjacent county—for at least six months.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Court’s website at www.utcourts.gov. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website (www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs). Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary range for the position is $11,357.50 to $20,443.50 with no benefits. For additional information about Ephraim City, contact City Hall at (435)283-4631.

The deadline for applications is Monday, June 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Mayor of Ephraim, Richard Squire, within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Squire then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : May 19, 2017 11:41 am : Bar News

Plain City, UT—The Weber County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on June 8, 2017, to select candidates for the vacancy in the Plain City Justice Court to replace Judge James Beesley who will retire effective July 1, 2017. The commission will begin the meeting at 1 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located on 4160 West 2200 North in Plain City.

The early portion of the meeting is scheduled for public comment about issues facing the Utah judiciary and refinements or improvements to the system. Public comments will be accepted from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for the vacancy.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

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JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : May 16, 2017 11:03 am : Bar News

Alta, UT—The Salt Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on June 12, 2017, to select candidates for the vacancy in the Town of Alta Justice Court to replace Judge Clinton Balmforth who retired effective March 31, 2017. The commission will begin the meeting at 9 a.m. in the City Council Chambers located in the Alta Library/Community Center on 10351 East Highway 210 in Alta.

The early portion of the meeting is scheduled for public comment about issues facing the Utah judiciary and refinements or improvements to the system. Public comments will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for the vacancy.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

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ORDERVILLE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : May 5, 2017 3:23 pm : Bar News

Orderville, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Orderville. The position will replace Judge Steven Wallace who will retire effective Oct. 17, 2017.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Kane County, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a Utah resident for at least three years, and have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. In addition, candidates must be a resident of the county in which the court is located—or an adjacent county—for at least six months.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Court’s website at www.utcourts.gov. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website (www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs). Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary range for the position is $6,500.00 to $7,000.00 with no benefits. For additional information about Orderville, contact Carol Lamb at (435) 648-2534.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Mayor of Orderville, Merlin Esplin, within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Esplin then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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ALTA JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : May 2, 2017 4:19 pm : Bar News

ALTA JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Alta, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in the Town of Alta. The position will replace Judge Clinton Balmforth who retired effective March 31, 2017.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Salt Lake County, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a Utah resident for at least three years, and have a degree from a law school that would make one eligible to apply for admission to a bar in any state in the United States. In addition, candidates must be a resident of the county in which the court is located—or an adjacent county—for at least six months.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Court’s website at www.utcourts.gov under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website. Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary for the position is $4,100.00 without benefits. For additional information, contact Piper Lever at (801) 742-2407 or by email at plever@townofalta.com.

The deadline for applications is Friday May 19, 2017 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Mayor of the Town of Alta, Tom Pollard, within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Pollard then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

 

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Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham to Step Down in November

Utah State Bar Webmaster : May 2, 2017 4:13 pm : Bar News

Utah Supreme Court Justice Christine Durham to Step Down in November

Salt Lake City, UT — Utah Supreme Court Justice, and former Chief Justice, Christine M. Durham submitted a letter today to Governor Gary R. Herbert, informing him that she will be retiring later this year after 35 years of service on the Supreme Court bench.

“We are deeply grateful for Justice Christine Durham’s extraordinary service to the Utah Supreme Court and the citizens of Utah,” said Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant. “She is a brilliant jurist, a wonderful colleague, and a truly remarkable human being. Justice Durham has been an inspiration not only to lawyers and judges here in Utah, but nationally as well. I cannot overstate just how profoundly her contributions have helped to build a court system that has come to be recognized as a national model.”

Justice Durham made history in 1982 by becoming the first female supreme court justice in Utah, and made history again in 2002 when she was elected as Utah’s first supreme court chief justice.

“My service on the bench has been a privilege and a joy. It will be hard to leave all of the fine judges and wonderful staff with whom I have worked. I look forward to savoring the remaining months with my wonderful colleagues on the Supreme Court,” Justice Durham said.

Her last day on the bench will be Nov. 16, 2017.

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Statement Regarding the Passing of Judge Robert K. Hilder

Utah State Bar Webmaster : April 26, 2017 4:55 pm : Bar News

Below is a statement from Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant on the passing of former Judge Robert Hilder:

“We have lost a valuable colleague and friend to the court. Judge Hilder was a superb jurist. In addition, he made many significant contributions as a leader in our court system. We are deeply grateful for his 16 years of service on the bench.”

Bio:

Judge Robert K. Hilder was appointed to the Third District Court by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt and took office on August 1, 1995 and retired from the bench in 2011. He served Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Hilder emigrated from Australia in 1977, and has lived in Utah since that time. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and subsequently received a law degree from the University’s College of Law in 1984, where he served on the Utah Law Review for two years. After clerking part-time during law school with Christensen & Jensen, he joined the firm first as an associate, and successively shareholder, director, and managing director. His practice stressed civil litigation, covering many subject matters. Judge Hilder’s service in the judiciary includes: the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee (1998-2001); the Utah Judicial Council and the Council’s Management Committee (2001-2007); Associate Presiding Judge, Third District (2005-2007), and Presiding Judge (2007- present); District Court representative, Executive Committee, Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar (2005-2007); and member of the Grand Jury Panel of Judges (1998-2007). He also taught pre-trial practice at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

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UTAH SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS AT STATE CAPITOL BUILDING

Utah State Bar Webmaster : April 19, 2017 10:48 am : Bar News

WHAT: The Utah Supreme Court periodically holds court sessions in other locations to provide an opportunity to enhance public understanding of the court’s work.

Cases to be heard are as follows: 

20160683   Penunuri v. Sundance Partners

20150529   Tomlinson v. D. Knight Const.

WHEN:  Friday, April 21, 2017, at 10 a.m. to approx. 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Utah Supreme Courtroom, Utah State Capitol Building

WHO: Utah Supreme Court Justices: Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, Associate Chief Justice Thomas R. Lee, Justice Christine M. Durham, Justice Deno Himonas, and Justice John A. Pearce

PHOTOGRAPHY:

One pool still photographer and one pool video camera will be permitted into the court session. To request to be the pool photographer, contact Public Information Officer Geoffrey Fattah at (801) 578-3994 by April 20.

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Today is the Day for Justice!

Utah State Bar Webmaster : March 30, 2017 9:16 am : Bar News


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Chief Justice Durrant Announces Utah’s New State Court Administrator

Utah State Bar Webmaster : March 10, 2017 1:53 pm : Bar News

St. George, UT — Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant announced today the appointment of Richard H. Schwermer as the Utah State Courts’ new State Court Administrator.

The announcement was made during today’s meeting of the Utah Judicial Council. Chief Justice Durrant also noted the decision was made with unanimous concurrence of the other justices of the Utah Supreme Court.

“Rick Schwermer is a dedicated court administrator with many years of proven experience,” Durrant said. “After a four-month national search, we determined that the best person for the job was already working for us.”

Schwermer has served with the Utah State Courts since 1990, and as Assistant State Court Administrator since 1995. Among other duties, he has served as the judiciary’s representative to the Utah Legislature; coordinated the development, funding, and certification of Utah’s drug courts and other problem solving courts; and served as Utah’s Justice Court Administrator.

“I am honored and incredibly appreciative of the confidence shown in me by the Utah Supreme Court. Utah’s judiciary, including this Administrative Office, are consistently regarded as the finest in the country. I commit to working with our exceptional staff, judges, and partners to build upon that reputation for excellence,” Schwermer said.

A search for a new State Court Administrator began shortly after current court administrator Dan Becker announced last October he would be retiring after 21 years of service.

Schwermer obtained his undergraduate degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. He holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. His first day as State Court Administrator will be May 1.

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NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL SPRING CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : February 22, 2017 3:32 pm : Bar News

Spring City, UT— The Sanpete County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of the Honorable Mark Kay McIff to fill the Spring City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Ivo Peterson who retired effective July 1, 2016.

Judge McIff is currently the Justice Court judge in the Sevier County, Piute County and Fairview City Justice Courts. He is also an attorney who practices law in the south central Utah area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting (1995) from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, and a juris doctorate degree (1998) from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Judge McIff has held several positions, including Piute County Attorney, Wayne County Attorney, Deputy Sevier County Attorney, Deputy Garfield County Attorney, city prosecutor for several cities in the district, and chief criminal prosecutor for the Wasatch County Attorney’s Office in Heber City. He Resides in Richfield with his wife and two daughters.

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NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL FOUNTAIN GREEN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : February 7, 2017 1:41 pm : Bar News

Fountain Green, UT— The Sanpete County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of the Honorable Mark Kay McIff to fill the Fountain Green City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Ivo Peterson who retired effective July 1, 2016.

Judge McIff is currently the Justice Court judge in the Sevier County, Piute County and Fairview City Justice Courts. He is also an attorney who practices law in the south central Utah area. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting (1995) from Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah, and a juris doctorate degree (1998) from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  Judge McIff has held several positions, including Piute County Attorney, Wayne County Attorney, Deputy Sevier County Attorney, Deputy Garfield County Attorney, city prosecutor for several cities in the district, and chief criminal prosecutor for the Wasatch County Attorney’s Office in Heber City.

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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Rules Governing the State Bar

Utah State Bar Webmaster : January 26, 2017 1:35 pm : Bar News

The Utah Supreme Court invites comments to the following proposed amendments to Utah Rules Governing the State Bar. The comment period expires March 10, 2017.

Utah Rules Governing the State Bar

USB 14-0110 Proposed changes to 14-110 allow inactive Bar members to serve of all Bar committees.

USB 14-0405 The changes to 14-405 clarify the rule that prohibits lawyers from switching from active to inactive and then back to active again within the same year in order to avoid MCLE compliance.

USB 14-0508 Proposed changes to Rule 14-508 requires lawyers who are administratively suspended for three years or more for failure to pay license fees to reapply for re-enrollment.

USB 14-0517 Proposed changes to 14-517(f) provide that a Bar a complaint against any lawyer employed by the Bar will be reviewed by the Ethics and Discipline Committee Chair or a special prosecutor rather than by the Office of Professional Conduct.

How to View Redline Text of the Proposed Amendment

To see proposed rule amendment and submit comments, click on this link to:  http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/comments/, then click on the rule number.

How to Submit Comments

You can comment and view the comments of others by clicking on the “comments” link associated with each body of rules. It is most efficient to submit comments through the website. After clicking on the comment link, you will be asked for your name, which is required, and your email address which need not be your real address. The comment website is public. Each comment must be approved by the site administrator before it will show on the public website.  Although all comments will be considered, they will not be acknowledged with a response.

Please submit comments directly through the website.  Should you have any questions, please contact the committee staff person.  The list of committees can be found at: https://www.utcourts.gov/committees/.

Thank you.

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NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL EAST CARBON CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : January 10, 2017 3:43 pm : Bar News

East Carbon, UT— The Carbon County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Honorable Jon Randall Carpenter to fill the East Carbon City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Linda Murdock who resigned effective Sep. 30, 2016.

Judge Carpenter is a resident of Carbon County and currently sits as the justice court judge for the Carbon County Justice Court and the Wellington City Justice Court. Before that, Judge Carpenter was a partner at the law firm Jensen & Carpenter in Price, and law clerk for the Utah Seventh District Court. Judge Carpenter received his law degree from Creighton University.

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