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April 4, 2013

SPRING CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT - Nearly 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including more than 5,000 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a free Divorce Education for Children class twice each month. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: April 8 and 27, May 6, June 10 and 29, 2013.

The Divorce Education for Children class is for children 9 to 12-years-old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. The class takes place at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street. Advance registration is required by calling (801) 578-3897 or e-mail sabrinap@email.utcourts.gov. There is no charge to attend the class.

The program’s curriculum provides children with skills they can use to better communicate their feelings to parents. A mental health professional teaches the class with the assistance of a state court commissioner. Participation in the children’s class is voluntary.

For more information, go to www.utcourts.gov and search for divorce education classes.

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January 28, 2013

Domestic Relations Cases and Probate Cases are Available for Efiling

Efiling Release Successful

Utah State courts announced that, as of January 12, 2013, domestic relations cases and probate cases are available for electronic filing (efiling).

Mandatory efiling for attorneys begins on Monday, April 1st, 2013. Utah District Courts will require that all pleadings and other papers filed by an attorney in general civil and domestic relations cases be electronically filed. Paper filings will not be accepted after Friday, March 29th, 2013. Efiling in probate cases will be mandatory beginning July 1st, 2013.

If an attorney or law firm submits, on paper, any document that is required to be filed electronically, the clerk will return the document to the filer. Read the rule below. To ensure that you are prepared and able to meet the mandatory efiling dates, open an account now and learn to efile. Certified Electronic Filing Service Providers (EFSP) are:

Utah Bar www.efiling.utahbar.org
GreenFiling www.greenfiling.com
JudiciaLink www.judicialink.com

Additional information and training assistance can be found online at www.utcourts.gov/efiling andwww.utahbar.org/efiling.

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January 4, 2013

Dates for Divorce Education for Children Classes Set

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2013
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

WINTER CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT - Nearly 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including more than 5,000 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a free Divorce Education for Children class twice each month. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: Jan. 7 and 26, Feb. 4 and 23, March 4 and 16, 2013.

The Divorce Education for Children class is for children 9- to 12-years-old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. The class takes place at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street. Advance registration is required by calling (801) 578-3897 or e-mail sabrinap@email.utcourts.gov. There is no charge to attend the class.

The program’s curriculum provides children with skills they can use to better communicate their feelings to parents. A mental health professional teaches the class with the assistance of a state court commissioner. Participation in the children’s class is voluntary.

For more information, go to www.utcourts.gov and search for divorce education classes.

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December 12, 2012

Blanding Justice Court Judge Announced

Blanding, UT- Blanding City Mayor Toni Turk has announced the appointment of William Walker to fill a Blanding Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge James Harris who will retire Dec. 31, 2012.
Walker has served for the past 22 years for the Utah National Guard. During this time, he has worked as an organization operations supervisor, a department operations supervisor, and a department team leader. Walker attended American Military University where he studied Information Technology Management.

Turk’s appointment to the bench is subject to completion of the court’s new judge orientation and certification by the Utah Judicial Council.

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Nancy Volmer
Utah State Courts
Public Information Office
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545
Fax: (801) 578-3843

West Valley City Justice Court Judge Named

West Valley City, UT- West Valley City Manager Wayne Pyle has announced the appointment of Clintepious T. Gilmore to fill a West Valley City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Keith Stoney who will retire Dec. 31, 2012.
Gilmore has worked for the West Valley City Prosecutor’s Office since 2005. He was promoted to senior prosecuting attorney in 2010, and to assistant chief prosecuting attorney position in 2011. Gilmore has also prosecuted cases as a special deputy district attorney for the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office and served as a special assistant United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. He was honored with the Director’s Award for Superior Performance from the Executive Office of the United States Attorneys in Washington, D.C. in 2007, for his work in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah.

Gilmore received a law degree from the S.J. Quinney College of Law in 2003, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in 2000. He has served as a legal instructor for the Peace Officer Standards and Training Academy and the Utah Correctional Officer Academy for the Utah Department of Public Safety.
Gilmore’s appointment to the bench is subject completion of the court’s new judge orientation and certification by the Utah Judicial Council.
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Nancy Volmer
Utah State Courts
Public Information Office
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545
Fax: (801) 578-3843

Grand Jury Sets Meeting in Fifth Judicial District

St. George, UT--- A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Jan. 10, 2013, to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the Fifth Judicial District Courthouse, 206 West Tabernacle, St. George.
Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by Jan. 3, 2013, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by Jan. 3, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.
Individuals testifying must be prepared to give evidence to support claims that justify calling a grand jury. Controversies between individual parties will not be considered. Individuals who need special accommodations during the hearing must notify the court at least three business days prior to the hearing.

Utah’s Grand Jury Statute requires a panel of judges selected from throughout the state to hold hearings in each judicial district every three years. The purpose of the hearings is to determine if a grand jury needs to be summoned based on evidence of criminal activity. The Grand Jury Panel is comprised of the following judges: Supervising Judge Terry L. Christiansen, 3rd District Court; Judge Steven L. Hansen, 4th District Court; Judge Eric A. Ludlow, 5th District Court; Judge Kate Toomey, 3rd District Court; and Judge W. Brent West, 2nd District Court.
The Attorney General, a county attorney, district attorney, or special prosecutor appointed under U.C.A. section 77-10a-1 can also present evidence of criminal activity. The panel of judges will hear, in secret, all persons claiming information that justifies calling a grand jury. All individuals appearing before the panel of judges will be placed under oath. If a grand jury is summoned, the jurors will be called from the state-at-large or any judicial district within the state.
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Nancy Volmer
Utah State Courts
Public Information Office
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545
Fax: (801) 578-3843

December 3, 2012

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR LEHI JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Lehi, UT - The Utah County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for a vacancy at the Lehi Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Paul Farr who is leaving Dec. 31, 2012.
Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
•Honorable Randy Birch, Heber City Justice Court Judge, Heber City
•Honorable Sydney Magid, Salt Lake City Justice Court Judge, Salt Lake City
•Doug Nielsen, Petro & Nielsen Law Firm, Spanish Fork
•Mark Smedley, Heber City Prosecutor, Heber City
A comment period will be held through Dec. 10, 2012, before a final candidate is selected by Lehi City Mayor Bert Wilson, who has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Lehi City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Holly Frischknecht, Administrative Office of the Courts, hollyf@utcourts.gov.

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR SARATOGA SPRINGS JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Saratoga Springs, UT - The Utah County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for a vacancy at the Saratoga Springs Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Keith Stoney who is retiring Dec. 31, 2012.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
• Honorable Randy Birch, Heber City Justice Court Judge, Heber City
• Honorable Sydney Magid, Salt Lake City Justice Court Judge, Salt Lake City
• Camille Buhman, Duval & Moody Law Firm, Orem
• Carolyn Howard, Bartholomey & Associates Law Firm, and Associate Professor, Utah Valley University, Provo

A comment period will be held through Dec. 10, 2012, before a final candidate is selected by
Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, who has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Saratoga Springs City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Holly Frischknecht, Administrative Office of the Courts, hollyf@utcourts.gov.

October 12, 2012

Meeting Set to Select Blanding Justice Court Judge

Blanding, UT---The San Juan County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 8, 2012, to select candidates for the Blanding City Justice Court to replace Judge James J. Harris who is retiring Dec. 31, 2012. The commission will begin meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Blanding City Hall, 50 West 100 South.

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 are being accepted from 10:30 a.m. to 11 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 should contact Holly Frischknecht at (435) 750-1325 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

Meeting Planned to Select West Valley City Justice Court Judge

West Valley City, UT---The Salt Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 5, 2012, to select candidates for the West Valley City Justice Court to replace Judge Keith Stoney who is retiring Dec. 31, 2012. The commission will begin meeting at 2:00 p.m. at the West Valley City Hall, 3600 Constitution Blvd.

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 are being accepted from 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 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 should contact Holly Frischknecht at (435) 750-1325 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

October 11, 2012

FALL CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT—Nearly 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including more than 5,000 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a free Divorce Education for Children class twice each month. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: Oct. 15 and 27, Nov. 5, Dec. 1 and 10, 2012.

The Divorce Education for Children class is for children 9- to 12-years-old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. The class takes place at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street. Advance registration is required by calling (801) 578-3897 or e-mail sabrinap@email.utcourts.gov. There is no charge to attend the class.

The program’s curriculum provides children with skills they can use to better communicate their feelings to parents. A mental health professional teaches the class with the assistance of a state court commissioner. Participation in the children’s class is voluntary.

For more information, go to www.utcourts.gov and search for divorce education classes.

2012 Elections and the Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission

The upcoming election will be the first in which Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission provides judicial evaluations. Check out www.judges.utah.gov for complete evaluations of all judges whose names will appear on the ballot.

This election is also the first one in which citizens had to OPT IN in order to receive the Voter Information Pamphlet. You should have received a postcard several weeks ago informing you of the change, but only 7,000 postcards were returned. Information is available on the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission's web site or on www.vote.utah.gov

October 1, 2012

SARATOGA SPRINGS JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Saratoga Springs, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Saratoga Springs. The position will replace Judge Keith L. Stoney who is retiring effective Dec. 31, 2012.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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 under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website. The annual salary for the part-time position is $15,000 to $27,000 and benefits may or may not be provided. For additional information, contact Markette Schwartz with the local hiring authority at MSchwartz@saratogaspringscity.com or at (801) 766-9793, ext. 121.

The deadline for applications is Oct. 17, 2012 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Holly Frischknecht, Administrative Office of the Courts, 135 North 100 West, Logan, Utah, 84321, or faxed to (435) 750-1343. For more information, e-mail hollyf@utcourts.gov or call (435) 750-1325.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Utah County Nominating Commission within 45 days of its first meeting. The local government executive has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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Nancy Volmer
Utah State Courts
Public Information Office
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545
Fax: (801) 578-3843

September 6, 2012

Opening for Justice Court Judge in Blanding

BLANDING CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Blanding, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Blanding. The position will replace Judge James J. Harris who is retiring effective Dec. 31, 2012.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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 under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website. The annual salary for the part-time position is $12,011, without benefits. For additional information, contact Jeremy Redd, Blanding city manager, at (435) 678-2791, ext. 302.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 21, 2012 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Holly Frischknecht, Administrative Office of the Courts, 135 North 100 West, Logan, Utah, 84321, or faxed to (435) 750-1343. For more information, e-mail hollyf@email.utcourts.gov or call (435) 750-1325.

Utah law requires that a local county Justice Court Nominating Commission be created with representatives appointed from the county commission, the municipalities, and the local Bar Association. The San Juan County Nominating Commission is tasked with submitting three to five names to Blanding City Mayor Toni Turk for consideration. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Blanding City Council and certification by the Utah Judicial Council.

July 30, 2012

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective November 1, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

Summary of amendments

URJP 020A. Discovery in non-delinquency proceedings. Amend. Changes comport with the new civil discovery rules and to clarify that the Rule of Civil Procedure regarding subpoenas applies generally in juvenile court and is not limited to depositions on oral questions.
URJP 023. Hearing to waive jurisdiction and certify under Section 78A-6-703; bind over to district court. Amend. Technical change.
URJP 023A. Hearing on conditions of Section 78A-6-702; bind over to district court. Amend. Technical change.

How to view redline text of the approved amendments

To see the text and effective date of the amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/ and then click on the rule number. All amendments are effective on the dates indicated. Updated versions of the rules will be posted to the main rules web page (http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/) on or about the effective date of the amendments.

June 23, 2012

Statement from Chief Justice Durrant

“It is with a heavy heart that the court acknowledges the passing of Pat Bartholomew in a tragic motorcycle accident on Saturday. Pat had worked as the clerk of court for the Supreme Court for nearly 23 years and for two years in the Juvenile Court. Pat was a consummate professional who was loved and respected by her colleagues and by those in the law community. She was warm, friendly, kind and respectful to those with whom she worked. Pat will be greatly missed by our court family. Our deepest sympathies go out to Pat's and Ross’s children and family at this difficult time.”

Fourth Judicial District Court Executive Appointed

Provo, UT---The Administrative Office of the Utah State Courts has appointed Shane Bahr as the trial court executive for the Fourth District Court, which includes Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. Mr. Bahr will replace Paul Vance who retired in late May.
As the court executive, Bahr will be responsible for the administration of district courts, which includes providing administrative support to 13 judges and managing support operations of about 90 professional and technical staff, case management, court facilities, and court security. In addition, the court executive develops, justifies, and manages the court budget.
Bahr previously worked for the Colorado Judicial Department where he served as program development manager and was responsible for statewide planning and oversight of problem solving courts, alternative dispute resolution, and probate programs. Prior to this, he worked for the department as a problem solving coordinator. Before his tenure with the Colorado court system, Bahr held probation and drug court-related positions in Madison County, Idaho.
Bahr received a bachelor’s degree from Idaho State University and dual master’s degrees in social work and legal administration from the University of Denver.

SUMMER CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

SUMMER CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT—Nearly 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including more than 5,000 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a Divorce Education for Children class twice each month at no charge to participants. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: July 9, August 18 and 27, and September 10 and 29, 2012.

The Divorce Education for Children class is for children 9- to 12-years-old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. The class takes place at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street. Advance registration is required by calling (801) 578-3897 or e-mail sabrinap@email.utcourts.gov. There is no charge to attend the class.

The program’s curriculum provides children with skills they can use to better communicate their feelings to parents. A mental health professional teaches the class with the assistance of a state court commissioner. Participation in the children’s class is voluntary.

For more information, go to www.utcourts.gov and search for divorce education classes.

May 23, 2012

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May 16, 2012

Notice of Judicial Vacancy in the Third Judicial District

Applications are now being accepted for a district court judge position in the Third Judicial District (Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties). This position results from the pending retirement of Judge William W. Barrett, effective November 1, 2012.

Completed application forms must be received by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice no later than 5:00 pm, Friday June 15, 2012. Because the application has recently changed, all applicants must submit a new application. Prior applications will not be accepted for this vacancy.

Application forms and the complete Announcement of Judicial Vacancy can be found at:
http://www.justice.utah.gov/ccjj_judicialvacancies.html

May 8, 2012

Nominee Named to Fill Bluffdale City Justice Court Vacancy

Bluffdale, UT-The Bluffdale City Mayor Derek Timothy has announced the appointment of the Scott J. Mickelsen to fill a Bluffdale City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Darwin Poulson who resigned effective May 1, 2012.

Mickelsen is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement where he has worked as a division commander in patrol, court security, and administrative support. During his career in law enforcement, Mickelsen created officer-friendly programs for elementary school curriculums and also taught criminal justice in area high schools. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Criminal Justice from Weber State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Michelson’s appointment to the bench is subject completion of the court’s new judge orientation and certification by the Utah Judicial Council.

May 3, 2012

Nominee Named to Fill Sandy City Justice Court Vacancy

Sandy, UT - Sandy City Mayor Tom Dolan has announced the appointment of the Honorable Paul C. Farr to fill a vacancy at the Sandy City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Donald Sawaya who retired Feb. 5, 2012.

Judge Farr was appointed to the Herriman City Justice Court in 2010 and to the Lehi City Justice Court in 2011. Judge Farr received an Associate of Science degree in History from Dixie State College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University, and a Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University. Judge Far has been a member of the Utah State Bar since 2000. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Farr was a partner in a Salt Lake City law firm. He has previously worked for the Utah Attorney General's Office, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and in private practice.

April 30, 2012

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL HILDALE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Hildale, UT—Hildale City Mayor Phillip Barlow has announced the appointment of K. Jake Graff to fill a vacancy at the Hildale City Justice Court. The position will replace Senior Judge Richard Carr who has served in the position for the past six years.

Graff received his undergraduate degrees from Dixie State College and Brigham Young University. He received a Juris Doctorate from William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nev. During law school, Graff externed for Judge Jennifer L. Elliott of the Eighth District Court in Clark County, Nev. Following law school, he worked as an associate attorney at a St. George law firm before joining the law firm Bingham Snow & Caldwell in 2008. He is a native of St. George.

Graff’s appointment to the bench is subject completion of the court’s new judge orientation and certification by the Utah Judicial Council

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
(801) 712-4545

April 26, 2012

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL HYRUM CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Hyrum, UT—Hyrum City Mayor W. Dean Howard has announced the appointment of Paul K. Larsen to fill an upcoming vacancy at the Hyrum City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Jack L. Stevens who will retire effective July 27, 2012.

Larsen received a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University in 1973 and a Juris Doctorate from Western State University in San Diego, Calif., in 1977. He served as the judge for the Smithfield Justice Court from 1980 through 1990. Larsen also served for five years on the Logan City Planning Commission. He currently owns and operates an online retail business and serves as an administrative hearing examiner for Logan City.

Larsen’s appointment to the bench is subject completion of the court’s new judge orientation and certification by the Utah Judicial Council.

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
(801) 712-4545

April 25, 2012

SPRING CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT—Nearly 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including more than 5,000 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a Divorce Education for Children class twice each month at no charge to participants. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: May 5 and 21; June 4 and 16.

The Divorce Education for Children class is for children 9- to 12-years-old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. The class takes place at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street. Advance registration is required by calling (801) 578-3897 or e-mail sabrinap@email.utcourts.gov.There is no charge to attend the class.

The program’s curriculum provides children with skills they can use to better communicate their feelings to parents. A mental health professional teaches the class with the assistance of a state court commissioner. Participation in the children’s class is voluntary.

For more information, go to www.utcourts.gov and search for divorce education classes.

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
(801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL NIBLEY CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Nibley, UT—Nibley City Mayor Gerald Knight has announced the appointment of Trevor L. Cook to fill an upcoming vacancy at the Nibley City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Jack L. Stevens who will retire effective July 27, 2012.

Cook received a Bachelor of Science degree from Utah State University in 2002, and a Juris Doctorate from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2006. Cook is an attorney with the law firm of Ericson & Shaw, LLP in Logan where he has worked for four years with a practice focusing on family law and bankruptcy. Prior to pursuing his law practice, he served as a law clerk in the First District Court where he became familiar with criminal prosecution and defense and civil litigation. He currently volunteers for Utah Law Related Education and Thursday Night at the Bar.

Cook’s appointment to the bench is subject completion of the court’s new judge orientation and certification by the Utah Judicial Council.


Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
(801) 712-4545

April 11, 2012

Hildale Justice Court Nominees Named

Correction: Please note Mr. Palma's first name is spelled Manuel. The release sent out yesterday listed an incorrect spelling. My apologies.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR HILDALE

JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Hildale, UT—The Washington County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for a vacancy at the Hildale Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Richard Carr who has been hearing cases the past six years.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:

· K. Jake Graff, Bingham Snow & Caldwell, Washington

· Honorable Karlin S. Myers, Hurricane Justice Court, Ivins

· Manuel M. Palma, retired, Dept. of Labor, Mine Safety & Health Administration, St. George


A comment period will be held through April 19, 2012, before a final candidate is selected by

Hildale Mayor Phillip Barlow, who has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Hildale City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, shariv@email.utcourts.gov.

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April 9, 2012

Utah Supreme Court Hits the Road

UTAH SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS AT S.J. QUINNEY COLLEGE OF LAW

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 and to provide law students with an opportunity to see the Supreme Court in session.

Cases to be heard are as follows:

9:30 a.m.-Gregory v. Shurtleff, case # 20110277

10:30 a.m.-State v. Ramirez, case #20110174

WHEN:

Wednesday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m. to approx. 12:00 p.m.


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Grand Jury to Hear Testimony in Box Elder County

JUDGES TO HEAR GRAND JURY TESTIMONY

Brigham City, UT---A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on May 10, 2012 to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the First Judicial District, Box Elder County Courthouse, 43 North Main, Brigham City.

Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by April 27, 2012, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by April 27, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.

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April 6, 2012

Meeting Set to Select New Hildale Justice Court Judge

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Hildale City, UT---The Washington County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on April 10, 2012, to select candidates for the Hildale Justice Court to replace Judge Richard Carr. The commission will begin meeting at 1:30 p.m. at the Hildale City Hall, 320 E. Newell Ave.

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 are being accepted from 1:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for each vacancy.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission should contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at (801) 578-3800 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

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Bluffdale Justice Court Nominees Named

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR BLUFFDALE

JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Bluffdale, UT—The Salt Lake County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for a vacancy at the Bluffdale Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Darwin Poulsen who is retiring May 1, 2012.

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April 4, 2012

Court Launches Guardianship Monitoring Initiative

COURT VISITOR PROGRAM SEEKS VOLUNTEERS IN THIRD AND SEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICTS

Salt Lake City, UT—The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has launched a Court Visitor Program and is seeking applicants to perform several volunteer roles. The Court Visitor Program is available in the 3rd Judicial District—Salt Lake, Tooele, and Summit counties—and 7th Judicial District—Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan counties.

Volunteer court visitors are appointed by District Court judges to make inquiries and to observe incapacitated adults and to report back to the court. The information helps the court to make informed decisions about the appointment of a guardian for an incapacitated adult. An incapacitated adult—or protected person—lacks the capacity to make or communicate decisions and may need a court-appointed guardian to do so. The volunteer court visitor’s report helps to ensure the needs of the protected person are met, that their property is protected and being used for their benefit, and that court orders are being followed.

“The goal of the Court Visitor Program is to improve the lives of vulnerable adults in our community,” said Karolina Abuzyarova, program coordinator, Court Visitor Program. “The program provides training and information for families and others to help them become better guardians.” In 2011, there were more than 4,000 adult guardianship and conservatorship court cases in the 3rd District and about 240 cases in the 7th District.

The Court Visitor Program is recruiting volunteers to act as interviewers, auditors, researchers, trackers, and teachers. A volunteer interviewer is responsible for interviewing protected persons and others. In addition, a volunteer interviewer observes how the person is being cared for at

their place of residence. The volunteer auditor reviews financial reports filed by a guardian and reports any problems or concerns. A volunteer researcher helps the court prepare case files for hearings and monitors compliance with reporting requirements. A volunteer tracker locates guardians with whom the court has lost contact. And finally, a volunteer teacher trains other court visitors and also provides information to assist family members and others in their role as guardians.

Volunteer training sessions are planned for May 14, 16, and 18 in Salt Lake City and at the end of May in Price and Moab. Training will be available for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for attorneys who apply to volunteer. Volunteers must be 18 years of age, will be subject to a background check, and must pass an in-person interview before being accepted into the training program.

Information about the Court Visitor Program, including a volunteer application form, is available on the court’s website at www.utcourts.gov/visitor or by calling (801) 578-3925.


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April 2, 2012

Meeting set to select Bluffdale Justice Court Judge

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Bluffdale, UT---The Salt Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on April 4, 2012, to select candidates for the Bluffdale Justice Court to replace Judge Darwin Poulsen who is resigning effective May 1, 2012. The commission will begin meeting at 1:00 p.m. at the Bluffdale Court/Public Works Building, 14175 Redwood Road.

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March 27, 2012

Nominees Named for Justice Court vacancies in Cache County

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR HYRUM AND NIBLEY JUSTICE COURT VACANCIES

Cache County, UT—The Cache County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for upcoming vacancies at the Hyrum Justice Court and Nibley Justice Court. The nominee will replace Judge Jack L. Stevens who is retiring from the Hyrum Justice Court and Nibley Justice Court on July 27, 2012.

Following are the nominees for the vacancies followed by place of employment and residence:

· Trevor L. Cook, Ericson & Shaw, LLP, Nibley

· Honorable Wayne B. Cooper, Clarkston Justice Court, ATK Space Systems, Clarkston

· Dustin D. Ericson, Ericson & Shaw, LLP, North Logan

· Daniel J. King, Daniel J. King Enterprises, Inc., Utah Dispute Resolution, Logan

· Paul K. Larsen, Stevens-Henegar College, Centerplace Enterprises, LLC, Logan

A comment period will be held through April 5, 2012, before a final candidate is selected by Hyrum Mayor W. Dean Howard and Nibley Mayor Gerald Knight, who have 30 days to make an appointment for each court, which is subject to ratification by their respective city councils. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, shariv@email.utcourts.gov.

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March 22, 2012

Hildale Justice Court Judge Position Posted

HILDALE CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Hildale, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Hildale. The position will replace Judge Richard Carr who has been hearing cases the past six years.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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March 7, 2012

Hildale Justice Court Judge Position Posted

HILDALE CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Hildale, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Hildale. The position will replace Judge Richard Carr who has been hearing cases the past six years.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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March 6, 2012

3rd District Court Commissioner Appointed

DISTRICT COURT COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCED

Salt Lake City, UT---Third District Court Presiding Judge Royal Hansen has announced the appointment of Joanna B. Sagers as a new commissioner in the 3rd Judicial District effective March 19, 2012.

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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective March 5, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

Summary of amendments

USB 14-0504. OPC counsel. Amend. Prohibits OPC from prosecuting a lawyer for an act expressly authorized by an ethics advisory opinion. Provides that a court is not bound by an the interpretation of an ethics advisory opinion. Permits OPC to request that the ethics advisory opinion committee review, modify or withdraw an ethics advisory opinion. Permits OPC to request that the supreme court review, affirm, reverse or modify an ethics advisory opinion.

How to view redline text of the approved amendments

To see the text and effective date of the amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/ and then click on the rule number. All amendments are effective on the dates indicated. Updated versions of the rules will be posted to the main rules web page (http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/) on or about the effective date of the amendments.

March 5, 2012

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR SANDY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Sandy, UT—The Salt Lake County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a vacancy at the Sandy City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Donald Sawaya who retired Feb. 5, 2012.

Following are the nominees for vacancy followed by place of employment and residence:

· Honorable Paul C. Farr, Herriman City Justice Court and Lehi City Justice Court, Herriman

· Susan L. Hunt, Judicial Conduct Commission, Fruit Heights

· Honorable Catherine M. Johnson, City of South Salt Lake Justice Court, Salt Lake City

· Honorable Sydney J. Magid, Salt Lake City Justice Court and Sydney Jayne Magid, PC, Salt Lake City

· Honorable Catherine E. Roberts, Salt Lake City Justice Court, Salt Lake City


A comment period will be held through March 14, 2012, before a final candidate is selected by Sandy City Mayor Tom Dolan, who has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Sandy City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, shariv@email.utcourts.gov.


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March 1, 2012

Bluffdale Justice Court Judge Vacancy Posted

BLUFFDALE CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Bluffdale, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Bluffdale. The position will replace Judge Darwin Poulsen who is resigning May 1, 2012.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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February 29, 2012

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Logan, UT---The Cache County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on March 14, 2012, to select candidates for the Hyrum and Nibley justice courts to replace Judge Jack L. Steven who announced his retirement effective July 27, 2012. The commission will begin meeting at 12 p.m. at the Nibley City Hall, 455 West 3200 South, City Council Room.

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February 27, 2012

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Judicial Council has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective April 1, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

Summary of amendments

Code of Judicial Administration

CJA 03-0414. Court security. Amend. Removes from the rule certain architectural features for court facilities. Transfers some responsibilities from the TCEs and the Judicial Council to the Court Security Director. Regulates access keys and cards. Prohibits demonstrations inside a courthouse. Technical amendments.
CJA 04-0510.01 Alternative dispute resolution definitions. Renumber and amend. Replaces paragraph (1) of Rule 4-510. Retains the same definition of terms.
CJA 04-0510.02 Responsibilities of the Director and Administrative Office of the Courts. Renumber and amend. Replaces paragraphs (2) and (4)(A) of Rule 4-510. Retains the same responsibilities for program administration.
CJA 04-0510.03. Qualification of ADR providers. Renumber and Amend. Replaces paragraph (3) of Rule 4-510. Retains the same qualifications for ADR providers.
CJA 04-0510.04. ADR training. Renumber and Amend. Replaces paragraph (4) of Rule 4-510. Retains the same training qualifications and requirements.
CJA 04-0510.05 Referral of civil actions. Renumber and amend. Replaces paragraphs (5) through (16) of Rule 4-510.Modifies how cases involved in ADR are handled. Eliminates the requirement to view the ADR video.
CJA 04-0510.06 Cases exempt from ADR rules. Renumber and amend. Replaces the "Applicability" section Rule 4-510. Identifies the casetypes excluded from the ADR rules.
CJA 04-0904. Informal trial of support, custody and parent-time. New. Provides for an optional informal trial in which the parties present their cases in narrative form with questions by the judge.

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February 21, 2012

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective April 1, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

Summary of amendments

Rules of Appellate Procedure
URAP 004. Appeal as of right: when taken. Amend. The amendment deletes the paragraph on notices of appeal filed by inmates, which provision is moved to Rule 21. The amendment also clarifies the time for filing a cross-appeal. The time begins from the date that the notice of appeal is docketed, rather than filed.
URAP 021. Filing and service. Amend. The amendment includes the provisions on filing notices of appeal by inmates. The amendments also clarify where filings are to be made and when filing is deemed accomplished.
URAP 038A. Withdrawal of counsel. Amend. Places the burden on opposing counsel to file the notice to appoint or appear when an attorney withdraws from a case. This will make the practice similar to the practice in trial courts.

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February 8, 2012

Meeting to Select Justice Court Nominees Set

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Sandy, UT---The Salt Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Feb. 22, 2012, to select candidates to replace Judge Donald Sawaya who retired on Feb. 5, 2012, and Judge Holly Barringham who retired July 29, 2011. The commission will begin meeting at 2 p.m. at the Sandy City Hall, 10000 Centennial Parkway, East Conference Room, 350.

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 are being accepted from 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for each vacancy.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission should contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at (801) 578-3800 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

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February 2, 2012

NIBLEY CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Nibley, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Nibley. The position will replace Judge Jack L. Stevens who is retiring July 27, 2012.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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HYRUM CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Hyrum, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Hyrum. The position will replace Judge Jack L. Stevens who is retiring July 27, 2012.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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January 30, 2012

UTAH STATE COURTS PLAN JUDGE FOR A DAY PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah State Courts are planning the 7th Annual “Judge for a Day,” program in recognition of Law Day, which is celebrated on May 1, 2012. On May 1, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.

Utah high school students are selected to participate in the program based on an essay, civic involvement resume, or teacher nomination letter. The topic, for students who choose to write an essay, is “The American Jury: We the People in Action.”

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January 26, 2012

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective December 22, 2011.

Summary of amendments

URCP 026.02 Disclosures in personal injury actions. New. Describes special disclosures in personal injury actions.

How to view redline text of the approved amendments

To see the text and effective date of the amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/ and then click on the rule number. All amendments are effective on the dates indicated. Updated versions of the rules will be posted to the main rules web page (http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/) on or about the effective date of the amendments.

January 24, 2012

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Judicial Council has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective April 1, 2012, unless otherwise noted.

Summary of amendments

CJA 03-0101. Judicial performance standards. New. Establishes standards of performance for minimum education and cases under advisement for application by the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission. Effective October 24, 2011.
CJA 04-0202.02. Records classification. Amend. Modifies records to be classified as sealed, private or protected. Identifies record series by casetype to be classified as sealed or private.
CJA 04-0202.04. Request to access a record associated with a case; request to classify a record associated with a case. Amend. Moves from Rule 4-202.02 to this rule descriptions of records that require judicial approval to classify as non-public.
CJA 04-0202.09. Miscellaneous. Amend. Requires a person filing a record with the court to identify the record as non-public if it qualifies as non-public.
CJA 04-0704. Authority of court clerks to extend payment schedule and dismiss citations. Amend. Allows clerks to dismiss citations as permitted in the Uniform Fine/Bail Schedule.
CJA 04-0907. Mandatory divorce education. Amend. Simplifies policy on access to divorce orientation courses and divorce education courses.
CJA 06-0401. Domestic relations commissioners. Amend. Makes amendments to conform to Rule of Civil Procedure 108.
CJA 06-0601 Mental health commissioners. Amend. Makes amendments to conform to Rule of Civil Procedure 108.
CJA Appendix I. Summary of Classification of Court Records. New. Summarizes the classification of record series by casetype.

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January 20, 2012

SALT LAKE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Salt Lake, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Salt Lake County. The position will replace Judge Holly M. Barringham who resigned effective July 29, 2011.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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SANDY CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Sandy, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Sandy City. The position will replace Judge Donald Sawaya who is retiring Feb. 5, 2012.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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State of the Judiciary scheduled on January 23 at 2:15 pm

CHIEF JUSTICE DURHAM TO PRESENT
STATE OF THE JUDICIARY ADDRESS

WHAT:

2012 State of the Judiciary Address.

WHO:

The Honorable Christine M. Durham, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will address the House and the Senate jointly.

WHEN:

Monday, January 23: House of Representatives at 2:15 p.m.

Senate at 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: Utah State Capitol

COPIES: Copies of Chief Justice Durham’s speech will be distributed to reporters at the Capitol at the start of the address. An electronic copy will be available at http://www.utcourts.gov/media/news/ following the address. As in previous years, the Chief Justice will be available to field media questions following her address to the Utah State Senate.

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January 11, 2012

Judicial Vacancies

Applications are now being accepted for two district court judge positions in the Third Judicial District (Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties). These positions result from the retirement of Judge Sandra N. Peuler and the pending retirement of Judge Tyrone E. Medley, June 30, 2012.

Completed application forms must be received by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice no later than 5:00 pm, Monday February 13, 2012. Applicants will be considered for both vacancies unless CCJJ is otherwise notified by the applicant.

Application forms and the complete Announcement of Judicial Vacancy can be found at:
http://www.justice.utah.gov/ccjj_judicialvacancies.html

January 9, 2012

WINTER CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT—More than 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including nearly 5,000 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a Divorce Education for Children class twice each month at no charge to participants. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: Jan. 14 and 23; Feb. 13 and 25; March 5 and 31.

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January 5, 2012

Court of Appeals Names New Presiding Judge

JUDGE MCHUGH NAMED PRESIDING FOR COURT OF APPEALS

Salt Lake City, UT---Judge Carolyn B. McHugh has been named presiding judge for the Utah Court of Appeals for a two-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2012. Judge McHugh replaces Judge James Z. Davis whose term has expired. Judge J. Frederic Voros Jr., has been named the associate presiding judge.

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January 4, 2012

Post judgment interest for 2012

Pursuant to §15-1-4, the post judgment interest for 2012 is 2.12%. This rate does not apply to judgments based on contracts or statutes specifying a different interest rate. This and rates for earlier years are published on the Court’s website at:
http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/intrates/interestrates.htm

December 23, 2011

Parowan Names New Justice Court Judge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2011
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL PAROWAN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Parowan, UT—Parowan City Mayor Donald G. Landes has announced the appointment of the Honorable Brent A. Dunlap to fill a vacancy at the Parowan City Justice Court. The position replaces Judge Kenneth H. Adams who resigned Sept. 30, 2011.

Judge Dunlap was appointed to the Iron County Justice Court in Feb. 2007. He has served on the Justice Court Education Committee since April 2009 and on the Justice Court Board of Judges since April 2011. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Dunlap served with the Utah Highway Patrol for 20 years and with the Iron County Sheriff’s Office for 14 months. He graduated from Cottonwood High School in Salt Lake City.

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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and Judicial Council have approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective on the dates indicated.

Summary of amendments

Rules of Civil Procedure
URCP 004. Process. Amend. Deletes the requirement that a summons published in a newspaper must be in an English language newspaper.
Effective April 1, 2012.
URCP 026.02 Disclosures in personal injury actions. New. Describes special disclosures in personal injury actions. Effective December 22, 2011.
URCP 065C. Post-conviction relief. Amend. Adds appointment of pro bono counsel in accordance with Sections 78B-9-109 and -202. Effective April 1, 2012.
URCP 101. Motion practice before court commissioners. Amend. Deletes a paragraph that is incorporated into new Rule 108. Effective April 1, 2012.
URCP 108. Objection to court commissioner’s recommendation. New.
Establishes a procedure for objecting to a court commissioner’s recommendations. Establishes standards of review. Effective April 1, 2012.

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December 13, 2011

Grand Jury Meeting Set for Duchesne

JUDGES TO HEAR GRAND JURY TESTIMONY

Duchesne, UT---A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Jan. 12, 2012 to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the 8th Judicial District, Duchesne Courthouse, 21554 W. 9000 S. Duchesne.

Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by Dec. 22, 2011, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by Dec. 22, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.

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December 12, 2011

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL VERNAL CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Vernal, UT—Vernal City Mayor Gary Showalter has announced the appointment of Ray R. Richards to fill a vacancy at the Vernal City Justice Court. The position replaces Judge Cleopatra (Pat) McRae who announced her retirement effective Dec. 31, 2011.

Richards received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Utah State University in 1996. Following graduation, he worked for the 8th District Juvenile Court as a special service worker and also part-time as a controller with the Uintah County Jail. He is currently a chief probation officer with the 8th District Juvenile Court and serves as a volunteer firefighter in Uintah County.

Richards’s appointment to the bench is subject completion of the court’s new judge orientation and certification by the Utah Judicial Council.

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December 5, 2011

Courts Appoint New Education Director

UTAH STATE COURTS EDUCATION DIRECTOR APPOINTED

Salt Lake City, UT—Tom Langhorne, Esq., has been appointed as the new director of the Utah Judicial Institute, which is the education arm of the Utah State Courts. In his position with the Utah State Courts, Langhorne will oversee the development of judicial education programs for judges and court staff throughout the state.

Prior to joining the Utah State Courts, Langhorne practiced law in Richmond, VA. He has also worked in the judicial education field since 1993. Langhorne served as director of judicial education for the Supreme Court of Virginia from 1993 through 2002, and operated a consulting firm that specialized in education services in courts nationally and abroad since 2002.

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December 2, 2011

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and the Judicial Council invite comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires January 20, 2012.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules of Civil Procedure
URCP 025. Substitution of parties. Amend. Clarifies that the notice of hearing on a motion to substitute parties must be served with the motion if the hearing has been scheduled by the time the motion is served.


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December 1, 2011

Farmington Courthouse Update

Chief Justice Christine Durham has order the Farmington Courthouse closed for Thursday, December 1 due to flying debris caused by high winds. The closure was made so that a more extensive assessment of the safety of public areas can be made and to free up Sheriff's deputies to assist in the community. The closure includes Juvenile Court, District Court, Davis County Justice Court, and Small Claims Court. The court expects to be open on Friday, December 2.

November 29, 2011

Nominees Named for Parowan Justice Court Vacancy

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR PAROWAN JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Parowan, UT—The Iron County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Parowan Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Kenneth H. Adams who resigned effective Sept. 30, 2011.

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November 28, 2011

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective December 1, 2011.

Summary of amendments

Restyled Rules of Evidence. Consistent with the restyling of the Federal Rules of Evidence, the language of these rules has been amended as part of the restyling of the Evidence Rules to make them more easily understood and to make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules. These changes are intended to be stylistic only. There is no intent to change any result in any ruling on evidence admissibility.

To see the text and effective date of the amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/ and then click on the rule number. All amendments are effective on the dates indicated. Updated versions of the rules will be posted to the main rules web page (http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/) on or about the effective date of the amendments.

November 17, 2011

Dan Jones Survey of Active Attorneys

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Starting in mid-November, attorneys will receive an electronic and postcard invitation to participate in this study, which will run through mid-December. The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Thank you to the Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections for helping to support this survey.

We appreciate you taking the time to complete this. To that end, survey participants will be entered into a drawing for 1) a free iPad or 2) free registration to the Spring Convention, Annual Meeting and Fall Forum in 2012 (~1/400 chance of winning).

November 10, 2011

Utah State Bar Ready to Kick Off 2011 Fall Forum

Utah State Bar Ready to Kick Off 2011 Fall Forum
Conference includes keynote address, workshops, annual awards!

REGISTRATION: https://utahbar.org/cle/fallforum/registration.html

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah State Bar is prepared to welcome some 400 lawyers to its 2011 Fall Forum, which will feature workshops, awards and a keynote address from two of Utah’s most inspiring attorneys.

The 2011 Fall Forum begins with an evening reception on Thursday, Nov. 17 and a lively performance of “A Mid Summer Night Mediation Tragedy” that explores the undesirable effects of a “misguided, ego inflated and poorly presented mediation.”

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November 1, 2011

Four Nominees Named for Vernal Justice Court Vacancy

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR VERNAL JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Vernal, UT—The Uintah County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Vernal Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Pat McRae who is retiring Dec. 31, 2011.

Following are the nominees for vacancy followed by place of employment and residence:

· E. Jed Labrum, Anderton & Labrum, P.C., Vernal

· Rachelle L. Palmer, Dennis L. Judd, P.C., Vernal

· Ray R. Richards, 8th District Juvenile Court, Vernal

· JoAnn B. Stringham, Allred, Brotherson & Harrington, Vernal

A comment period will be held through Nov. 10, 2011, before a final candidate is selected byVernal City Mayor Gary Showalter, who has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Vernal City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, shariv@email.utcourts.gov.

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Meeting set to select new Justice Court Judge

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Parowan, UT---The Iron County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 15, 2011, to select candidates to replace Judge Kenneth H. Adams who retired on Sept. 30, 2011. The commission will meet beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Parowan Public Library, 16 South Main.

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Utah Supreme Court Travels to BYU Law School

UTAH SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS AT
J. REUBEN CLARK LAW SCHOOL

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 and to provide law students with an opportunity to see the Supreme Court in session.

Cases to be heard are as follows: (A summary of the cases is attached to the e-mail.)

Jeffs v. West, case no. 20110207-SC

Thayer v. Washington County, case no. 20100648-SC

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. to approx. 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

WHO: Utah Supreme Court Justices: Chief Justice Christine M. Durham, Associate Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, Justice Thomas R. Lee, Justice Ronald E. Nehring, and Justice Jill N. Parrish.

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 Nancy Volmer at (801) 578-3994 by November 1.

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October 28, 2011

Judges Elected to Utah Judicial Council

UTAH JUDICIAL COUNCIL MEMBERS NAMED

Salt Lake City, Utah—Three judges have been elected to serve a three-year term on the Utah Judicial Council. Seventh District Court Judge George Harmond, 4th District Court Judge David Mortensen, and 2nd District Justice Court Judge John Sandberg, who serves the Clinton and Clearfield Justice Courts, have replaced 4th District Court Judge Donald Eyre, 5th District Court Judge Michael Westfall, and Uintah County Justice Court Judge G.A. Petry who completed their terms. In addition, 3rd District Juvenile Court Judge Kimberly K. Hornak has been named as vice chair of the Council.

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October 27, 2011

Judge Judkins Named Presiding Judge

JUDGE JUDKINS NAMED PRESIDING IN FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Logan, UT---Judge Clint Judkins has been named presiding judge for the First District Court for a two-year term. Judge Judkins replaces Judge Larry Jones whose term has expired. Judge Jeffrey R. Burbank has been named associate presiding judge.

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Judges Elected to Utah Judicial Council

UTAH JUDICIAL COUNCIL MEMBERS NAMED

Salt Lake City, Utah—Three judges have been elected to serve a three-year term on the Utah Judicial Council. Seventh District Court Judge George Harmond, 4th District Court Judge David Mortensen, and 2nd District Justice Court Judge John Sandberg, who serves the Clinton and Clearfield Justice Courts, have replaced 4th District Court Judge Donald Eyre, 5th District Court Judge Michael Westfall, and Uintah County Justice Court Judge G.A. Petry who completed their terms. In addition, 3rd District Juvenile Court Judge Kimberly K. Hornak has been named as vice chair of the Council.

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Parowan Justice Court Vacancy Deadline Extended

PAROWAN CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Parowan, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Parowan. The position will replace Judge Kenneth H. Adams who retired Sept. 30, 2011.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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October 26, 2011

Court Guide Now Available in Spanish

GUIDE TO THE COURTS NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH

Salt Lake City, UT—The Administrative Office of the Courts has released a Spanish translation of the Guide to the Courts publication. The 40-page Guía a los Tribunales includes information to help individuals understand the state’s court system. The guide includes information on each level of court, criminal and civil processes, and court proceedings. In addition, common legal terms are included in the guide along with flow charts outlining how a case moves through the court process.

“The courts want to ensure that everyone has access to the court system,” said Utah State Court Administrator Dan Becker. “This guide will assist individuals who speak Spanish to more clearly understand Utah’s court system.”

The Guide is available at state courthouses throughout the state as well as on the court’s website at www.utcourts.gov/brochures.

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and the Judicial Council invite comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules of Evidence
Utah Rules of Evidence Style Revision Project. Consistent with the restyling of the Federal Rules of Evidence, the language of these rules has been amended as part of the restyling of the Evidence Rules to make them more easily understood and to make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules. These changes are intended to be stylistic only. There is no intent to change any result in any ruling on evidence admissibility.

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October 25, 2011

Court users satisfied with state judiciary

SURVEY REVEALS HIGH LEVEL OF SATISFACTION WITH

ACCESS & FAIRNESS IN UTAH’S COURT

Salt Lake City, Utah—Utahns report a high level of satisfaction with access and fairness in the state’s courts, according to results from a survey conducted by the Administrative Office of the Courts primarily during June and July 2011.

The Access & Fairness Survey measured court users’ views in 20 areas, including ease of parking, safety in courthouses, language barriers, disability accommodation, business hours, the time needed to finish court business, treatment by court staff, and whether their hearing was fair.

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October 24, 2011

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR SIXTH DISTRICT TRIAL COURT NOMINATING COMMISSION

The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to serve on the Sixth District Trial Court Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the district court and the juvenile court within the Sixth Judicial District. Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of four nominees provided by the Bar.

Commissioners must be citizens of the United States and residents of the Sixth District (Sanpete, Sevier, Piute, Wayne, Garfield and Kane Counties). Commissioners are appointed for one term of four years and may not serve successive terms. No more than four of the seven members of the nominating commission may be of the same political party. You must identify your political affiliation if you are registered with a political party or indicate if you are not registered with a party and are independent.

Submit resumes to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, by e-mail at john.baldwin@utahbar.org , or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

Resumes must be received by Friday, November 25, 2011.

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR SECOND DISTRICT TRIAL COURT NOMINATING COMMISSION

The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to serve on the Second District Trial Court Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the district court and the juvenile court within the Second Judicial District. Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of six nominees provided by the Bar.

Commissioners must be citizens of the United States and residents of the Second District (Davis, Morgan and Weber Counties). Commissioners are appointed for one term of four years and may not serve successive terms. No more than four of the seven members of the nominating commission may be of the same political party. You must identify your political affiliation if you are registered with a political party or indicate if you are not registered with a party and are independent.

Submit resumes to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, by e-mail at john.baldwin@utahbar.org , or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

Resumes must be received by Friday, November 25, 2011.

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR FIRST DISTRICT TRIAL COURT NOMINATING COMMISSION

The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to serve on the First District Trial Court Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the district court and the juvenile court within the First Judicial District. Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of four nominees provided by the Bar.

Commissioners must be citizens of the United States and residents of the First District (Box Elder, Cache, and Rich Counties). Commissioners are appointed for one term of four years and may not serve successive terms. No more than four of the seven members of the nominating commission may be of the same political party. You must identify your political affiliation if you are registered with a political party or indicate if you are not registered with a party and are independent.

Submit resumes to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, by e-mail at john.baldwin@utahbar.org , or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

Resumes must be received by Friday, November 25, 2011.


APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR SEVENTH DISTRICT TRIAL COURT NOMINATING COMMISSION

The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to serve on the Seventh District Trial Court Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the district court and the juvenile court within the Seventh Judicial District. Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of four nominees provided by the Bar.

Commissioners must be citizens of the United States and residents of the Seventh District (Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan Counties). Commissioners are appointed for one term of four years and may not serve successive terms. No more than four of the seven members of the nominating commission may be of the same political party. You must identify your political affiliation if you are registered with a political party or indicate if you are not registered with a party and are independent.

Submit resumes to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, by e-mail at john.baldwin@utahbar.org , or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

Resumes must be received by Friday, November 25, 2011.

October 21, 2011

New Presiding Judge Named for Seventh District Court

PRESIDING JUDGE NAMED IN SEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Salt Lake City, UT---Judge Douglas Thomas has been named presiding judge for the Seventh District Court for a two-year term. Judge Thomas replaces Judge George Harmond whose term has expired. Judge Lyle Anderson has been named associate presiding judge.

The presiding judges are responsible for the effective operation of their courts. According to court Rule 3-104, presiding judges are responsible for implementation and enforcement of statutes, rules, policies, and directives of the Utah Judicial Council as they pertain to the administration of the courts. The presiding judge is responsible for assigning cases and judges.

Presiding judges and associate presiding judges are elected by a majority vote of the judges of their court. When the presiding judge is unavailable, the associate presiding judge assumes his or her responsibilities.

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October 20, 2011

Utah State Bar Placing Increased Focus on Access to Legal Services

Statewide initiative will match low-income Utahns with attorneys in their area


Contact:
John Baldwin
Utah State Bar
801.531.9077
john.baldwin@utahbar.org

Angie Welling
Love Communications
801.647.0702
awelling@lovecomm.net

Utah State Bar Placing Increased Focus on Access to Legal Services
Statewide initiative will match low-income Utahns with attorneys in their area

SALT LAKE CITY – As law students and lawyers in Utah and across the country participate in the National Pro Bono Celebration next week, a Utah State Bar planning committee is working to significantly increase access to legal services for low-income Utahns.


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October 18, 2011

New Presiding Judge Named for Seventh District Court

Salt Lake City, UT---Judge Douglas Thomas has been named presiding judge for the Seventh District Court for a two-year term. Judge Thomas replaces Judge George Harmond whose term has expired. Judge Lyle Anderson has been named associate presiding judge.

The presiding judges are responsible for the effective operation of their courts. According to court Rule 3-104, presiding judges are responsible for implementation and enforcement of statutes, rules, policies, and directives of the Utah Judicial Council as they pertain to the administration of the courts. The presiding judge is responsible for assigning cases and judges.

Presiding judges and associate presiding judges are elected by a majority vote of the judges of their court. When the presiding judge is unavailable, the associate presiding judge assumes his or her responsibilities.

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October 13, 2011

Parowan Justice Court Vacancy Announced

PAROWAN CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Parowan, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Parowan. The position will replace Judge Kenneth H. Adams who retired Sept. 30, 2011.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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October 11, 2011

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and the Judicial Council invite comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires November 28, 2011.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP 026.02 Disclosures in personal injury actions. New. Described special disclosures in personal injury actions.
URCP 083. Vexatious litigants. New. Establishes the standards and procedures for declaring a person to be a vexatious litigant. Establishes management of cases involving vexatious litigants.

Code of Judicial Administration

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October 4, 2011

Uintah County Nominating Commission Sets Meeting to Select New Judge

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Vernal, UT---The Uintah County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Oct. 10, 2011, to select candidates to replace Judge Pat McRae who is scheduled to retire on Dec. 31, 2011. The commission will meet at 9 a.m. at the Vernal City Hall, 374 East Main, room 272.

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 are being accepted from 9:00 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 should contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at (801) 578-3800 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.


October 3, 2011

Court of Appeals to Hear Oral Arguments in Castle Dale

UTAH COURT OF APPEALS TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS AT
EMERY COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

Cases to be heard are as follows:

10:00 a.m.-CW Ranch v. Nielsen

10:30 a.m.-Wilberg v. Hyatt

The judges will remain after oral arguments for questions and answers.

WHEN: Friday, October 14 at 10:00 a.m. to approx. 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: Emery County Courthouse, 1850 North 560 West, Castle Dale, Utah

WHO: Utah Court of Appeals Judges: Honorable Gregory K. Orme, Honorable Stephen L. Roth, Honorable Michele M. Christiansen

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 Nancy Volmer at (801) 578-3994 by October 13.

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September 26, 2011

Utah's at-risk children to benefit from funding reauthorization

Salt Lake City, UT—Congress has passed the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act to reauthorize funding for the Court Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP works to develop innovative solutions to provide safety and permanency for children.

The legislation was introduced to reauthorize three CIP grant programs nationwide at the $30 million level through FY 2016. The reauthorization allows Utah’s CIP to apply annually to receive approximately $450,000 in grant funding.

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September 20, 2011

Divorce Education for Children Fall Classes Scheduled

FALL CLASSES SCHEDULED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT—More than 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including nearly 5,000 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a Divorce Education for Children class twice each month at no charge to participants. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: Oct. 1 and 24; Nov. 12 and 21; and Dec. 5 and 17.

The Divorce Education for Children class is for children 9- to 12-years-old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. The class takes place at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street. Advance registration is required by calling (801) 578-3897 or e-mail michelleg@email.utcourts.gov. There is no charge to attend the class.

The program’s curriculum provides children with skills they can use to better communicate their feelings to parents. A mental health professional teaches the class with the assistance of a state court commissioner. Participation in the children’s class is voluntary.

For more information, go to www.utcourts.gov and search for divorce education classes.

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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Judicial Council has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective November 1, 2011.

Summary of amendments

CJA 04-0613. Jail prisoner transportation. Amend. Amends the rule to conform to a new agreement between the courts and counties.
CJA Appendix B. Justice Court Standards For Recertification. Amend. Establishes standards for recording equipment in the justice court.

How to view redline text of the approved amendments

To see the text and effective date of the amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/ and then click on the rule number. All amendments are effective on the dates indicated. Updated versions of the rules will be posted to the main rules web page (http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/) on or about the effective date of the amendments.

September 19, 2011

Vernal City Justice Court Vacancy Announced

Vernal, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Vernal. The position will replace Judge Cleopatra (Pat) McRae who will be retiring Dec. 31 2011.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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September 16, 2011

Constitution Day Celebration at Matheson Courthouse

UTAH STATE COURTS TO CELEBRATE CONSTITUTION DAY
Reading Planned at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse Rotunda

WHAT: In recognition of Constitution Day the Utah State Courts is planning a reading of the preamble to the Constitution and Article III, which established the Judicial Branch of Government. The reading is planned to coincide with readings across the nation.

WHEN: Monday, Sept. 19 at 12:00 p.m. to approx. 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State, Rotunda

WHO: -Judge Carolyn McHugh, Judicial Outreach Committee

-Chief Justice Christine M. Durham, Utah Supreme Court

-Judge Stephen Roth, Utah Court of Appeals

-Judge Royal Hansen, Third District Court

-Judge Jim Michie, Third District Juvenile Court

-East High School ROTC Color Guard

-National Anthem sung by Frank Chavez


NOTE: A 10’ x 15’ American flag will be hung in the rotunda and will provide a photographic backdrop to the reading.

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Woods Cross Justice Court Judge Named

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL WOODS CROSS JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Woods Cross, UT—Woods Cross City Mayor Kent Parry has announced the appointment of Judge Reuben J. Renstrom to fill a vacancy at the Woods Cross City Justice Court. The position replaces Judge Robert G. Peters who resigned July 20, 2011.

Judge Renstrom was appointed to the South Ogden Justice Court in 2006. In 2007, he was appointed to the South Weber Justice Court and in 2010 to the Harrisville Justice Court and Riverdale Justice Court. Judge Renstrom is an attorney with the law firm of Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones. He is a trained mediator and typically mediates domestic disputes. Judge Renstrom has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Weber State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Law. He formerly served on the Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, and currently serves on the Standing Committee on Technology, the Justice Court Education Committee, and the Board of Justice Court Judges.

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September 7, 2011

Salt Lake City Justice Court Judge Named

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL SALT LAKE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Salt Lake City, UT—Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker has announced the appointment of Catherine E. Roberts to fill a vacancy on the Salt Lake City Justice Court. The position replaces Judge Holly M Barringham who resigned July 29, 2011.

Roberts received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in Northhampton, Mass. and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law. She is the recipient of the Edward Spurgeon Public Service Fellowship, the David T. Lewis Clinical Award and Leary Scholarship.

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September 6, 2011

Grand Jury Meeting Set in Moab

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2011
Contact: Nancy Volmer

(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545 JUDGES TO HEAR GRAND JURY TESTIMONY Moab, UT---A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Oct. 6, 2011 to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the 7th Judicial District, Grand County Courthouse, 125 East Center Street in Moab.
Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by Sept. 22, 2011, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by Sept. 22, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.

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August 30, 2011

Holladay Justice Court Judge Named

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL HOLLADAY CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Holladay, UT—Holladay City Manager Randy Fitts has announced the appointed of Augustus G. Chin to fill a vacancy on the Holladay City Justice Court. The position replaces Judge Daniel B. Gibbons who resigned July 5, 2011.

Chin received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1995. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Utah in 1989. In addition, Chin earned a diploma in Material Maintenance from the Army Logistics Management College in Texarkana, Texas in June 1990.

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August 29, 2011

Candidates for Woods Cross Justice Court Vacancy Selected

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR WOODS CROSS JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Woods Cross, UT—The Davis County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Woods Cross Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Robert G. Peters who resigned effective July 20, 2011.

Following are the nominees for vacancy followed by place of employment and residence:

Catherine J. Hoskins, J.D., Hoskins Legal Solutions PLLC, Layton
Judge David L. Miller, J.D., Centerville City, North Salt Lake City, and David L. Miller PC, Farmington
Judge Reuben J. Renstrom, J.D., South Ogden City, South Weber City, City of Harrisville, Riverdale City, and Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones, Kaysville

A comment period will be held through Sept. 5, 2011, before a final candidate is selected by the Woods Cross Mayor Kent Parry, who has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Woods Cross City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointments. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, shariv@email.utcourts.gov.

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August 8, 2011

Character & Fitness Committee Seeking New Members

The Utah State Bar is currently accepting applications to fill potential vacancies on the Character and Fitness Committee. The Character and Fitness Committee reviews applications for membership in the Bar, oversees investigations, conducts interviews and hearings and determines whether to approve or deny applications for admission to the Utah State Bar.

Attorneys interested in contributing to this vital Bar responsibility should submit a resume and a letter addressing qualifications preferably by September 16, 2011 to:

Character and Fitness Committee
Joni Dickson Seko, Admissions
645 South 200 East,
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Or via email to : joni.seko@utahbar.org

August 5, 2011

Salt Lake City Justice Court Nominees Named

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR SALT LAKE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Salt Lake City, UT—The Salt Lake County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a vacancy in the Salt Lake City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Holly M. Barringham who resigned effective July 29, 2011.

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August 3, 2011

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and Judicial Council have approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendments are effective November 1, 2011, unless otherwise noted.

Summary of amendments

Rules of Civil Procedure
URCP 064D. Writ of garnishment. Amend. Requires the creditor to certify to the court a good faith effort to meet and confer with the garnishee before attempting to impose liability on the garnishee.

Rules of Criminal Procedure
URCrP 015A. Scientific, Lab, and Analytical Reports - When prosecution required to produce foundation and chain of custody witnesses. Repeal.
The rule was enacted in 2010 to create a streamlined process to address the confrontation issues established by Melendez-Diaz. The rule has had the opposite effect, creating additional and unnecessary work for both prosecutors and defense attorneys.

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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and the Judicial Council invite comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires September 21, 2011.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules Governing the Utah State Bar
Petition to amend law student assistance rule.
USB 14-0801. Definitions. Amend. Technical amendment.
USB 14-0807. Law student assistance. Amend. Permits certain law school graduates to practice law before admission to the bar under certain circumstances.

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July 29, 2011

Meeting set to select Woods Cross Justice Court judge

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Woods Cross, UT---The Davis County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on August 12, 2011, to select candidates to replace Judge Robert G. Peters who resigned July 20, 2011. The commission will meet at 12:30 p.m. at the Woods Cross City Office, 1555 South 800 West.

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July 27, 2011

Judge McVey Named Presiding Judge in 4th District Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2011
Contact: NancyVolmer
Phone: (801) 578-3994

PRESIDING JUDGE NAMED IN FOURTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Provo, UT---Judge Samuel McVey has been named presiding judge for the Fourth District Court for a two-year term. Judge McVey replaces Judge Derek Pullan whose term has expired. Judge David Mortensen has been named associate presiding judge. The Fourth Judicial District includes Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties.

The presiding judges are responsible for the effective operation of their courts. According to court Rule 3-104, presiding judges are responsible for implementation and enforcement of statutes, rules, policies, and directives of the Utah Judicial Council as they pertain to the administration of the courts. The presiding judge is responsible for assigning cases and judges.

Presiding judges and associate presiding judges are elected by a majority vote of the judges of their court. When the presiding judge is unavailable, the associate presiding judge assumes his or her responsibilities.

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July 26, 2011

WOODS CROSS CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Woods Cross, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Woods Cross. The position will replace Judge Robert G. Peters who resigned effective July 20, 2011.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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July 20, 2011

PRESIDING JUDGE NAMED IN THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Salt Lake City, UT---Judge Royal Hansen has been named presiding judge for the Third District Court for a two-year term. Judge Hansen replaces Judge Robert Hilder who retires August 1, 2011. Judge Deno Himonas has been named associate presiding judge.

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July 7, 2011

FIRST DISTRICT TRIAL COURT EXECUTIVE APPOINTED

Salt Lake City, UT—Utah State Court Administrator Daniel J. Becker has announced the appointment of Corrie Keller to the position of trial court executive in the 1st District Court. Keller replaces Joe Derring who resigned in March 2011. The 1st District includes Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties.

Prior to his appointment, Keller worked 27 years for the Idaho judiciary. He held the positions of clerk of court, trial court administrator, financial officer, director of court services, and deputy administrative director for the Idaho Administrative Office of the Courts. Keller is a graduate of Utah State University and a Fellow of the Institute for Court Administration of the National Center for State Courts.

As trial court executive, Keller is responsible for the administration of the juvenile and district courts, which includes providing administrative support to six judges and managing support operations of approx. 60 professional and technical staff. In addition, the trial court executive is responsible for overseeing case management, court facilities, court security, and the court’s budget in the 1st District Court. Keller will begin his new position on July 14, 2011.

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June 28, 2011

Court's Self-Help Center Services Expand to Fifth District

UTAH STATE COURTS EXPANDS SELF-HELP CENTER SERVICES
Center Now Assisting Self-Help Parties in Fifth Judicial District

Salt Lake City, Utah— On July 5, 2011, the Utah State Courts will expand its Self-Help Center services to the 5th Judicial District, which includes Beaver, Iron, and Washington counties. The Self-Help Center assists individuals who are representing themselves in court to better understand court processes.

The center staff provides legal information via a toll-free telephone help line, text messaging, and e-mail. The toll-free phone number is 888-683-0009; the text messaging number is 801-742-1898; and the email address is selfhelp@email.utcourts.gov.

Telephone help line services are available Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; email and text messaging services are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and the court website at www.utcourts.gov/selfhelp is available 24-hours. Help line services are available in Spanish from Tuesday through Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m.

The center staff provides information about what to do before going to court, how to prepare paperwork for court, how to represent oneself in court, and what to do with an order issued by the court. Assistance is available in all civil matters, including family law—such as adoption, paternity, divorce, custody and child support—as well as domestic violence, guardianship/conservatorship, probate, landlord-tenant disputes, expungement, small claims cases, and debt collection.

The Self-Help Center pilot program was launched in December 2007 in the 2nd and 8th Judicial Districts. Since then, the program has expanded to the 7th Judicial District in January 2009, the 6th Judicial District in January 2010, and the 1st Judicial District in October 2010.

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June 27, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Salt Lake City, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Salt Lake City. The position will replace Judge Holly M. Barringham who is resigning effective July 29, 2011.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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 under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website. The annual salary range for the part-time position is between $33,038 and $59,468. For benefits information, contact Jessica Weaver, Salt Lake City Corporation senior human resources consultant, at (801) 535-6615.

The deadline for applications is July 11, 2011 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0241 or faxed to (801) 578-3843. For more information, e-mail shariv@email.utcourts.gov or call (801) 578-3844.

Utah law requires that a local county Justice Court Nominating Commission be created with representatives appointed from the county commission, the municipalities, and the local Bar Association. The Salt Lake County Nominating Commission is tasked with submitting three to five names to Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker for consideration. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Salt Lake City Council and certification by the Utah Judicial Council.

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June 22, 2011

Courts to gauge public's view of the judiciary

COURT CONDUCTING SURVEY TO DETERMINE
PUBLIC’S VIEW OF JUDICIARY

Salt Lake City, UT—The Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) is conducting a survey this summer to gauge the experience of people who are doing business with the Utah State Courts. The Access and Fairness Survey is being conducted to measure the public’s experience and expectations of the courts.

“The court will use the data to ensure the public continues to have access to justice and is treated fairly in the courts,” said Utah State Court Administrator Dan Becker. “Knowing how the public feels about our performance will help us provide better service.”

Survey specialists will administer the Access and Fairness Survey June and July, 2011. Responses are collected for one day at 35 court sites. Every person at the courthouse that day is eligible to participate, except people visiting an agency other than the court. The survey is administered as people leave the courthouse.

Past survey results have shown that the majority of respondents had a positive perception about their court visit, felt Utah’s courts were accessible, and that court employees are respectful and responsive in working with the public.

The survey results also identified areas where performance fell short of the public’s expectations. Respondents said they would like more information on the work of the courts and self-represented litigant resources. In addition, a notable percentage of court users reported dissatisfaction with the time needed to complete their courthouse visit. The courts have used such findings to increase the amount of information and type of services that are available on the court website and expand self-help services.

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June 3, 2011

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR HOLLADAY CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Holladay, UT—The Salt Lake County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Holladay City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Daniel B. Gibbons who has announced his retirement effective July 5, 2011.

Following are the nominees for vacancy followed by place of employment and residence:

Augustus G. Chin, J.D., Wasatch Advocates, Salt Lake City;
Clinton D. Jensen, J.D., Administrative Law Judge, Utah State Tax Commission, Salt Lake City;
Judge Sydney J. Magid, J.D., Salt Lake City Corp., Sydney Magid, PC, Salt Lake City.

A comment period will be held through June 13, 2011, before a final candidate is selected by the Holladay City Manager Randy Fitts, who has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Holladay City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointments. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, shariv@email.utcourts.gov.

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May 18, 2011

JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT OF GARFIELD COUNTY WILL BE MOVING

Please take notice that the Sixth Judicial District Court Of Garfield County will be moving from the current location at 55 South Main St, Panguitch Utah on May 13, 2011. A new court facility will be constructed at the current court location.

The temporary address for the court office will be 740 North Main, PO box 77, Panguitch, Utah. All court hearings will be held in the Panguitch city council chambers at 25 south 200 east Panguitch, Utah. During the construction period the hours of operation will temporarily be changed. The new hours will be 8:00 am to 5:30 pm Monday - Thursday at 740 North Main. All court hearings scheduled with the court will be at the Panguitch City Council chambers 25 South 200 East Panguitch, Utah.

For court assistance call 435-676-1104 Monday – Thursday. For immediate assistance on a Friday call 435-676-8585 where a court clerk can be reached.

May 11, 2011

Meeting Set to Selected Holladay Justice Court Judge

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

MEETING PLANNED

Holladay, UT---The Salt Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on May 20, 2011, to select candidates to replace Judge Daniel B. Gibbons who has announced his resignation effective July 5, 2011. The commission will meet at noon at the Holladay City Hall, 4580 South 2300 East, in the Mt. Olympus Room.

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May 5, 2011

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL LEHI CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Lehi, UT—Lehi City Mayor Bert Wilson has appointed Judge Paul C. Farr to fill a vacancy on the Lehi City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Garry Sampson who has announced his resignation effective May 31, 2011.

Judge Farr has served as the Herriman City Justice Court judge since 2010. Judge Farr is a partner in the Salt Lake law firm of Morgan, Minnock, Rice & James, L.C. He received an Associate of Science degree in History from Dixie State College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Weber State University. Judge Farr received his Juris Doctorate degree from Brigham Young University in 1999.

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NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL FILLMORE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Fillmore, UT—Fillmore City Mayor Eugene Larsen has appointed Judge Stanley K. Robison to fill a vacancy on the Fillmore City Justice Court. The position replaces Judge Ronald R. Hare who resigned effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Judge Robison has served as the Delta City Justice Court judge since 1983, and worked in the petroleum products distribution business for more than 36 years. He currently works part-time for the Millard County Road Department as well as the Stephenson Honey Company. In 1970, Judge Robison received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting/Business Education/Economics from Brigham Young University.

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May 4, 2011

Announcement of JUDICIAL VACANCY May 4, 2011

Applications are now being accepted for the position of district court judge in the Third Judicial District.
(Counties include Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele).
This position results from the pending retirement of Judge Joseph C. Fratto, Jr., December 16, 2011.
Completed application forms must be received by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 9, 2011.
Instructions for obtaining the current application form can be found below.
Application Forms and Instructions
The required application form and instructions are available on the Commission on Criminal Juvenile Justices’ website at www.justice.utah.gov.
You may also request a copy of the application form and instructions in WordPerfect or MS Word format by sending your email address to Monica Taylor.
Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Attention: Monica Taylor
Utah State Capitol Complex
Senate Building, Suite 330
P.O. Box 142330
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2330
FAX: (801) 538-1024
E-Mail: monicataylor@utah.gov

Selection Process
Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit five nominees to the Governor within 45 days of its first meeting. The Governor has 30 days in which to make a selection. The Utah State Senate has 60 days in which to approve or reject the governor's selection. To obtain the procedures of Judicial Nominating Commissions and the names of Commission members call (801) 538-1856.
At its first meeting the Nominating Commission reviews written public comments. This meeting is open to the public. To comment upon the challenges facing Utah's courts in general, submit a written statement no later than June 9, 2011 to the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, Attention: Third District Judicial Nominating Commission.

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April 20, 2011

HOLLADAY CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Holladay, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Holladay. The position will replace Judge Daniel B. Gibbons who is resigning effective July 5, 2011.

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April 12, 2011

Judges to Hear Grand Jury Testimony

JUDGES TO HEAR GRAND JURY TESTIMONY

Manti, UT---A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on May 12, 2011 to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the 6th Judicial District, Sanpete County Courthouse, 160 North Main in Manti.

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April 8, 2011

Utah Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments at U of U Law School

UTAH SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS AT
S.J. QUINNEY COLLEGE OF LAW

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 and to provide law students with an opportunity to see the Supreme Court in session.

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April 7, 2011

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR LEHI CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Lehi, UT—The Utah County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Lehi City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Garry Sampson who has announced his retirement effective May 31, 2011.

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March 24, 2011

Fillmore Justice Court Nominees Named

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR FILLMORE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Fillmore, UT—The Millard County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Fillmore City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Ronald R. Hare who resigned effective Jan. 1, 2011.

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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and the Judicial Council invite comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires May 12, 2011.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules Governing the Utah State Bar

Petition to amend Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection rules AKA Client Security Fund rules.
USB 14-0901. Definitions. Amend. Technical change.
USB 14-0903. Committee membership and terms; Board approval of Committee recommendations. Amend. Technical change.
USB 14-0904. Funding. Amend. Modifies the Fund's minimum balance provisions and assessment provisions. Provides for suspension of a lawyer's license in some circumstances until the lawyer reimburses the Fund.
USB 14-0910. Eligible claim. Amend. Establishes new time limits in which to make a claim.
USB 14-0912. Processing claims. Amend. Technical change.
USB 14-0913. Payment of reimbursement. Amend. Establishes a lifetime cap per lawyer. Permits claims to be paid on a pro rata basis if it appears the claims will exceed a lawyer's annual or lifetime cap.

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March 17, 2011

Ethic Advisory Committee Member Announcement

The Utah Judicial Council seeks an attorney to sit as a member of the Judicial Council's Ethics Advisory Committee. The Ethics Advisory Committee consists of judges from each court level, along with one member of the bar. The committee issues opinions in response to questions from judges and boards of judges. The opinions address whether anticipated conduct is permitted under the Utah Code of Judicial Conduct. The committee meets infrequently, but its work is important to the judges throughout the state.

Each interested attorney should submit a letter of interest, discussing the applicant's qualifications. The letter should be sent to Brent Johnson, General Counsel, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-0241. Applications may also be submitted by email to brentj@email.utcourts.gov. Questions may be directed to Mr. Johnson at (801) 578-3800.

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Lehi, UT---The Utah County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on March 31, 2011, to select candidates to replace Judge Garry Sampson who has announced his retirement effective May 31, 2011. The commission will meet at the Lehi City Building, 153 N. 100 E.

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March 9, 2011

Announcement of JUDICIAL VACANCY

March 8, 2011
Applications are now being accepted for the position of district court judge in the Third Judicial District. (Counties include Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele).

This position results from the pending retirement of Judge Glenn K. Iwasaki, October 1, 2011.

Completed application forms must be received by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 25, 2011.

Old application forms will not be accepted. Instructions for obtaining the current application form can be found below.

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March 7, 2011

LEHI JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Lehi, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Lehi. The position will replace Judge Garry Sampson who plans to retire on May 31, 2011.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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March 3, 2011

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Fillmore, UT---The Millard County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on March 14, 2011, to select candidates to replace Judge Ronald R. Hare who resigned effective Jan. 1, 2011. The commission will meet at the Fillmore City Building, 75 West Center Street.

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March 2, 2011

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

he Supreme Court and the Judicial Council invite comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires April 20, 2011.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules of Civil Procedure
URCP 064D Writ of garnishment. Amend. Requires the creditor to meet and confer with the garnishee before attempting to impose liability on the garnishee.
URCP 101. Motion practice before court commissioners. Amend. Deletes a paragraph that is incorporated into new Rule 108.
URCP 108. Objection to court commissioner’s recommendation. New.
Establishes a procedure for objecting to a court commissioner’s recommendations. Establishes standards of review.

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Juvenile Court Administrator Appointed

JUVENILE COURT ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED

Salt Lake City, UT—Utah State Court Administrator Daniel J. Becker has announced the appointment of Lisa-Michele Church to the position of Juvenile Court administrator for Utah’s juvenile courts. Church replaces Raymond Wahl who was named as deputy state court administrator in December 2010.

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March 1, 2011

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

Rules of Civil Procedure
URCP 058A. Entry of judgment; abstract of judgment. Amend. Resolves an inconsistency within the rule and directs that a judgment by confession will be signed by the clerk.

Rules of Appellate Procedure
URAP 011. The record on appeal. Amend. Amends rule to reflect on-line transcript ordering.
URAP 012. Transmission of the record. Amend. Amends rule to reflect that the transcriber submits an electronic copy of the transcript to the transcript management program and hard copy is filed with the trial court.
URAP 042. Transfer of case from supreme court to court of appeals. Amend. The amendment eliminates the paragraph addressing finality of transfer orders. The Supreme Court's practice will be handled internally and not by rule.

Rules of Juvenile Procedure
URJP 056. Expungement. Amend. Remove provisions governed by other laws. Amend requirement for criminal history verifications to judicial discretion.

Code of Judicial Administration
CJA 01-0205. Standing and ad hoc committees. Amend. Exempts the Guardian ad Litem Oversight Committee from sunset review.
CJA 02-0103. Open and closed meetings. Amend. Clarifies that a meeting can be closed to discuss the professional competence of an individual. Provides that discussion of a non-public record is grounds to close a meeting.
CJA 02-0106.01. Goals of performance evaluation for judicial self improvement. Repeal. Self-improvement goals for commissioners and senior judges will be governed by Rule 3-111.
CJA 02-0106.02. Criteria for judicial self improvement. Repeal. Self-improvement goals for commissioners and senior judges will be governed by Rule 3-111.
CJA 02-0106.03. Information for judicial self improvement. Repeal. Self-improvement goals for commissioners and senior judges will be governed by Rule 3-111.
CJA 02-0106.04. Self improvement process. Repeal. Self-improvement goals for commissioners and senior judges will be governed by Rule 3-111.
CJA 02-0106.05. Administration of the performance evaluation program for judicial self improvement. Repeal. Self-improvement goals for commissioners and senior judges will be governed by Rule 3-111.
CJA 03-0111. Performance evaluation of senior judges and court commissioners. New. Combines Rules 3-111.01 through 3-111.04 into one rule, describing the evaluation program applicable to senior judges and court commissioners.
CJA 03-0111.05. Evaluation and certification of senior judges. Repeal.
CJA 03-0111.06. Administration of the judicial performance evaluation and certification program. Repeal.
CJA 03-0201. Court commissioners. Amend. Provides for uniform end of term of December 31.
CJA 03-0306. Court interpreters. Amend. Expand interpreter program to the remaining balance of the court's casetypes.
CJA 04-0202.02. Records classification. Amend. Classifies interviews at a Children's Justice Center as protected during the proceedings and as sealed at the conclusion of the proceedings. Classify performance evaluation information from senior judges and court commissioners as private.
CJA 04-0202.06. Response to request to access or classify a court record. Amend. Incorporate amendments to GRAMA by HB 278 and HB 133. Require that, if a records request claims to qualify for an expedited response, the records custodian will, within 5 business days, respond or notify the requester that the request does not qualify. If the request is to access a record of a Children's Justice Center investigative interview, refer to Section 77-37-4.
CJA 04-0408.01. Responsibility for administration of trial courts. Amend. Designate Manti as a state court operation rather than by contract with the county. Effective November 1, 2010.
CJA 04-0601. Selection of indigent aggravated murder defense fund counsel. New. Establishes the process to be used to select pre-contracted attorneys from the roster maintained by the Indigent Defense Funds Board in aggravated murder cases.
CJA 04-0702. Electronic citations required. New. Requires that citations filed after July 1, 2012 be filed electronically.
CJA 06-0402. Records in domestic relations cases. New. Defines the records required for motions for temporary relief, alimony, child support, and child custody.
CJA 07-0308. Expungement procedures. Repeal. All provisions of this rule are contained in URJP 56 or Section 78A-6-1105.

How to view redline text of the approved amendments

To see the text and effective date of the amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/ and then click on the rule number. All amendments are effective on the dates indicated. Updated versions of the rules will be posted to the main rules web page (http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/) on or about the effective date of the amendments.

February 9, 2011

FILLMORE JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Fillmore, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Fillmore. The position will replace Judge Ronald R. Hare who resigned effective Jan. 1, 2011.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned 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.

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February 3, 2011

Fillmore Justice Court Vacancy Announced

FILLMORE JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Fillmore, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Fillmore. The position will replace Judge Ronald R. Hare who resigned effective Jan. 1, 2011.

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January 20, 2011

CHIEF JUSTICE DURHAM TO PRESENT STATE OF THE JUDICIARY ADDRESS

WHAT: 2011 State of the Judiciary Address.

WHO: The Honorable Christine M. Durham, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will address the House and the Senate in separate sessions.

WHEN: Monday, January 24: Senate at 2:00 p.m.; House at 2:40 p.m.

WHERE: Utah State Capitol

COPIES: Copies of Chief Justice Durham’s speech will be distributed to reporters at the Capitol prior to the address. An electronic copy will be available at http://www.utcourts.gov/media/news/ following the address.

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January 19, 2011

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court invites comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires March 4, 2011.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules of Criminal Procedure
URCrP 015A. Scientific, Lab, and Analytical Reports - When prosecution required to produce foundation and chain of custody witnesses. Repeal. The rule was enacted in 2010 to create a streamlined process to address the confrontation issues established by Melendez-Diaz. The rule has had the opposite effect, creating additional and unnecessary work for both prosecutors and defense attorneys.

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January 12, 2011

DEPUTY STATE COURT ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED

Salt Lake City, UT—Utah State Court Administrator Daniel J. Becker has announced the appointment of Ray Wahl to the position of deputy state court administrator for the Utah State Courts. Wahl replaces Myron March who retired in December.

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December 27, 2010

NOMINEE SELECTED FOR GRAND COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Moab, UT—The Grand County Council has appointed David Tubbs to fill the upcoming Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Aubrey E. Holderness who is retiring February 2011.

Tubbs graduated from the University of Illinois and received a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law. He worked for 24 years at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a special agent and head of counter-terrorism. He also served as executive director of the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command where he was responsible for coordinating the efforts of 65 federal, state, and local agencies during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Prior to retiring, Tubbs worked as a vice president and senior vice president for a major U.S. corporation.

David Tubbs’ appointment is subject to successful completion of the court’s new judge orientation as well as certification by the Utah Judicial Council.

December 16, 2010

DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN CLASSES SCHEDULED

Salt Lake City, UT—Nearly 11,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including 2,500 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a Divorce Education for Children class twice each month at no charge to participants. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: Jan. 10 and 29; Feb. 12 and 28; and March 14 and 26.

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December 14, 2010

NOMINEE SELECTED FOR LOGAN JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Logan, UT—Logan Mayor Randy Watts has selected Judge David Marx to fill the city’s Justice Court vacancy. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Logan City Council. The Logan position will replace Judge Cheryl Russell who has passed away.

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December 1, 2010

JUDGES TO HEAR GRAND JURY TESTIMONY

St. George, UT---A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Jan. 13, 2011 to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the 5th Judicial District, Washington County Courthouse, 206 West Tabernacle, in St. George.

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November 23, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR GRAND COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Moab, UT—The Grand County Nominating Commission has selected nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Grand County Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Aubrey E. Holderness who is retiring effective Feb. 7, 2011.

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November 17, 2010

UTAH STATE COURTS EXPANDS SELF-HELP CENTER SERVICES

Center Now Assisting Self-Help Parties in First Judicial District

Salt Lake City, Utah— The Utah State Courts has expanded its Self-Help Center services to the 1st Judicial District, which include Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties. The Self-Help Center assists individuals who are representing themselves in court to better understand court processes.

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November 16, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR PROVIDENCE AND LOGAN

JUSTICE COURT VACANCIES

Cache County, UT—The Cache County Nominating Commission has selected nominees for upcoming vacancies in the Providence Justice Court and Logan Justice Court. The Providence position will replace Judge Allan D. Vail who will retire effective February 2011. The Logan position will replace Judge Cheryl Russell who has passed away.

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October 8, 2010

UTAH’S JUVENILE COURTS NOW ACCEPTING ONLINE PAYMENTS

Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah State Courts’ Juvenile Courts are now accepting online payments of fines, fees, and restitution statewide through a program called e-payments.

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NOMINEE SELECTED FOR RIVERDALE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Riverdale, UT—The City of Riverdale has appointed Judge Reuben Renstrom to fill the city’s Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Michelle Heward who has resigned effective Oct. 1, 2010, after being appointed to the 2nd District Juvenile Court bench.

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October 6, 2010

UTAH JUDICIAL COUNCIL MEMBERS NAMED

Salt Lake City, Utah—Utah Supreme Court Justice Jill N. Parrish and 8th District Juvenile Court Judge Larry A. Steele have been elected to the Utah Judicial Council to serve a three-year term beginning Oct. 1, 2010. Justice Parrish and Judge Steele have replaced Justice Ron Nehring and 5th District Juvenile Court Judge Hans Q. Chamberlain who completed their terms.

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WLU Fundraiser: Cancer Bites - Oct 20th at Brewvies!

Please join Women Lawyers of Utah organization for a Fundraiser "Cancer Bites" on October 20th at Brewvies. Feel free to invite your friends and family as well. Please Click here for more information:

GRAND COUNTY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Moab, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Moab. The position will replace Judge Aubrey E. Holderness who is retiring effective Feb. 7, 2011.

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September 20, 2010

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

Summary of amendments

Rules of Appellate Procedure
URAP 005. Discretionary appeals from interlocutory orders. Amend. The amendment states that petitions in criminal and juvenile delinquency cases shall be served on the Office of the Utah Attorney General.
URAP 023B. Motion to remand for findings necessary to determination of ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Amend. The amendment calculates the response time from the date of service and not the date of filing.
URAP 029. Oral argument. Amend. The amendments clarify the standards for continuing oral argument at the request of a party.

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September 16, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR RIVERDALE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Riverdale, UT—The Weber County Nominating Commission has selected nominees for the upcoming vacancy in the Riverdale City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Michelle Heward who has resigned effective Oct. 1, 2010.

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September 14, 2010

NOMINEE SELECTED FOR HARRISVILLE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Harrisville, UT—The City of Harrisville has appointed Judge Reuben Renstrom to fill the city’s Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge James L. Beesley who retired from the City of Harrisville Justice Court effective June 30, 2010.

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September 13, 2010

Request for Help with UMBA!

The Utah Minority Bar Foundation, the charitable branch of the Utah Minority Bar Association, would like to invite you to attend this year’s Scholarship and Awards Banquet to be held October 22, 2010 at the Little America Hotel. Larry Echo Hawk, an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior, will be our keynote speaker.

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PROVIDENCE JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Providence, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Providence City. The position will replace Judge Allan D. Vail who will retire effective February 2011.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned a high school diploma or GED.

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September 10, 2010

NOMINEE SELECTED FOR HERRIMAN JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Herriman, UT—The City of Herriman has appointed Paul C. Farr to fill the city’s Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Reed Parkin who has been appointed to the Orem City Justice Court effective Sept. 1, 2010.

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September 9, 2010

Nominees Announced for Third District Court Vacancies

SALT LAKE CITY – The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for two judicial vacancies. The vacancies result from the appointment of Judge Michele Christiansen to the Utah Court of Appeals and the retirement of Judge Stephen Henriod, effective December 31, 2010. The 3rd Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.

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September 7, 2010

NOMINEE SELECTED FOR BLUFFDALE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Bluffdale, UT—Judge Darwin R. Poulsen has been selected to fill a vacancy on the Bluffdale City Justice Court bench. Bluffdale City Council ratified the appointment, which was made by Bluffdale City Mayor Derk Timothy. The position will replace Judge Reed Parkin who has been appointed to the Orem City Justice Court effective Sept. 1, 2010.

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August 30, 2010

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and the Judicial Council invite comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires October 19, 2010.

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR HARRISVILLE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Harrisville, UT—The Harrisville Nominating Commission has selected nominees for upcoming vacancies in the City of Harrisville Justice Court. The position will replace Judge James L. Beesley who retired from the City of Harrisville Justice Court effective June 30, 2010.

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August 25, 2010

NOMINEE SELECTED FOR HEBER CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Heber, UT— Heber City Mayor David Phillips has appointed Randy B. Birch, of Heber City, to fill a vacancy in the Heber City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Reed Parkin who has been appointed to the Orem City Justice Court effective Sept. 1, 2010.

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August 20, 2010

DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN CLASSES SCHEDULED

Salt Lake City, UT—Nearly 11,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including 2,500 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a Divorce Education for Children class twice each month at no charge to participants. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: August 30, Sept. 11 and Sept. 20.

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August 19, 2010

SMALL CLAIMS CASE FILING LOCATION TO CHANGE SEPTEMBER 1

All Small Claims Cases to be Filed in Justice Court

Salt Lake City, UT—Beginning Sept. 1, 2010, individuals planning to file a small claims case will need to do so at their local city or county Justice Court. The only exception is some areas of Cache County that do not have a Justice Court. The change is occurring as a cost-saving measure in the state courts.

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August 16, 2010

RIVERDALE CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 30

Riverdale, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Riverdale City. The position will replace Judge Michelle E. Heward who has been nominated by Governor Gary Herbert for a Juvenile Court judgeship in the 2nd Judicial District.

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APPELLATE COURT ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED

Salt Lake City, UT—Utah State Court Administrator Daniel J. Becker has announced the appointment of Diane Abegglen to the position of trial court executive for Utah’s Appellate Courts. Abegglen replaces Matty Branch who retired in April. The Appellate Courts include the Court of Appeals and the Utah Supreme Court.

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August 9, 2010

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Riverdale, UT---The Weber County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on August 17, 2010, to select candidates to replace Judge Michelle E. Heward who has been nominated by Governor Gary Herbert for a Juvenile Court judgeship in the 2nd Judicial District. The commission will meet at the Riverdale City Building, 4600 South Weber River Drive.

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August 5, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR BLUFFDALE AND HERRIMAN JUSTICE COURT VACANCIES

Salt Lake County, UT—The Salt Lake County Nominating Commission has selected nominees for upcoming vacancies in the Bluffdale Justice Court and Herriman Justice Court. The positions will replace Judge Reed Parkin who has been appointed to the Orem City Justice Court effective Sept. 1, 2010.

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August 2, 2010

RIVERDALE CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Riverdale, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Riverdale City. The position will replace Judge Michelle E. Heward who has been nominated by Governor Gary Herbert for a Juvenile Court judgeship in the 2nd Judicial District.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned a high school diploma or GED.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Court’s Web site at www.utcourts.gov under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s Web site. The part-time position offers an annual salary between $39,645 and $71,361. For additional information, contact Riverdale City Attorney Steve Brooks at (801) 721-1100.

The deadline for applications is August 13, 2010 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0241 or faxed to (801) 578-3843. For more information, e-mail shariv@email.utcourts.gov or call (801) 578-3844.

Utah law requires that a local county Justice Court Nominating Commission be created with representatives appointed from the county commission, the municipalities, and the local Bar Association. The Weber County Nominating Commission is tasked with submitting a minimum of three names to Riverdale City Major J. Bruce Barrows. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Riverdale City Council and certification by the Utah Judicial Council.

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July 29, 2010

Governor Herbert Appoints Four to Judicial Vacancies in Northern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY – Governor Gary R. Herbert has appointed four attorneys to the bench in the Second Judicial District, which serves Davis, Morgan and Weber counties.

“The people of the Second District will be well served by these four future judges,” Governor Herbert said. “Each has excelled in his or her legal career and each comes highly recommended by the bar and bench.”

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HARRISVILLE CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 11

Harrisville, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in the City of Harrisville. The position will replace Judge James L. Beesley who retired from the City of Harrisville Justice Court effective June 30, 2010.

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July 26, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR HEBER CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Heber, UT—The Wasatch County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for an upcoming vacancy on the Heber City Justice Court bench. The position will replace Judge Reed Parkin who has been appointed to the Orem City Justice Court effective Sept. 1, 2010.

Following are the nominees along with their place of residence and place of employment: Randy B. Birch, of Heber City, Law Office of Randy B. Birch; Susan Griffith, of Highland, J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University; Jerry D. Reynolds, of Orem, private attorney; and Carrie T. Taylor, of Cottonwood Heights, Richards Brandt Miller Nelson.

A comment period will be held through July 30, 2010, before the names are submitted to Heber City Mayor David Phillips who has 30 days to make an appointment. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, shariv@email.utcourts.gov.

July 15, 2010

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Herriman, UT---The Salt Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for July 21, 2010, to select candidates to replace Judge Reed Parkin who has been appointed to the Orem City Justice Court effective Sept. 1, 2010. The commission will meet at the Herriman City Building, 13011 S. Pioneer St.

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July 12, 2010

HARRISVILLE CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Harrisville, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in the City of Harrisville. The position will replace Judge James L. Beesley who retired from the City of Harrisville Justice Court effective June 30, 2010.

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July 7, 2010

Announcement of JUDICIAL VACANCY July 1, 2010

Applications are now being accepted for the position of district court judge in the Third Judicial District.
(Counties include Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele).
This position results from the pending retirement of Judge Stephen Henriod December 31, 2010.
Completed application forms must be received by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 2, 2010.

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JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Heber, UT---The Wasatch County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for July 12, 2010, to select candidates to replace Judge Reed Parkin who has been appointed to the Orem City Justice Court effective Sept. 1, 2010. The commission will meet at the Heber City Building, 75 North Main Street.

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June 28, 2010

BLUFFDALE CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED


Bluffdale, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Bluffdale City. The position will replace Judge Reed Parkin who has been appointed to the Orem City Justice Court effective Sept. 1, 2010.

To be considered for the position, 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 earned a high school diploma or GED.

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June 18, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR FIFTH DISTRICT JUVENILE COURT VACANCY

St. George, UT--The 5th District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees to fill a vacancy that is the result of a newly-created judgeship that was established during the 2010 Legislative Session. The 5th Judicial District is comprised of Beaver, Iron, and Washington counties.

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June 17, 2010

HEBER CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

HEBER CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Heber, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Heber City. The position will replace Judge Reed Parkin who has been appointed to the Orem City Justice Court effective Sept. 1, 2010.

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HERRIMAN CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

HERRIMAN CITY JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Herriman, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Herriman City. The position will replace Judge Reed Parkin who has been appointed to the Orem City Justice Court effective Sept. 1, 2010.

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June 10, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR SECOND DISTRICT COURT VACANCIES

Ogden, UT--The 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for four vacancies in the 2nd Judicial District. The 2nd Judicial District is comprised of Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.

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June 4, 2010

FIFTH DISTRICT COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

St. George, UT---The 5th District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for June 9, 2010 to select candidates to fill a vacancy in the 5th District Juvenile Court. The vacancy is the result of a newly-created judgeship that was established during the 2010 Legislative Session. The commission will meet at the Washington County Courthouse, 206 West Tabernacle.

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May 26, 2010

THIRD DISTRICT JUDICIAL VACANCIES POSTED

Salt Lake City, Utah—Applications are now being accepted for two upcoming vacancies on the 3rd District Court bench. The 3rd District includes Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. The positions will replace Juvenile Court Judge Sharon McCully who has announced her retirement effective Sept. 1, 2010, and District Court Judge Michele Christiansen who has been appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals.

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May 17, 2010

SECOND DISTRICT COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Farmington, UT---The 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for May 25 to select candidates to fill four vacancies for District Court Judge Jon Memmott who retired May 1, District Court Judge Pamela Heffernan who will retire June 1, Juvenile Court Judge L. Kent Bachman who will retire in August, and Judge Stephen A. Van Dkye who will also retire in August. The commission will meet at the Farmington Courthouse, 800 West State Street.

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May 13, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THIRD DISTRICT COURT VACANCY

Salt Lake City, UT--The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a vacancy on the 3rd District Court bench. The position will replace Judge Stephen L. Roth who has been appointed to the Court of Appeals. The 3rd Judicial District is comprised of Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.

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May 12, 2010

8th District Court Nominees Named

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR EIGHTH DISTRICT COURT VACANCY

Vernal, UT--The 8th District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a vacancy on the 8th District Court bench. The position will replace Judge A. Lynn Payne who will retire July 1, 2010. The 8th Judicial District is comprised of Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah counties.

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May 7, 2010

NOMINEE SELECTED FOR ORDERVILLE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Orderville, UT— Orderville Mayor Merlin Esplin has appointed Judge Steven Richard Wallace, of Glendale, to fill a vacancy in the Orderville Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Gerry H. Hoyt who is retiring effective June 2010.

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April 22, 2010

Meeting set to select 3rd District Court judicial nominees

THIRD DISTRICT COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Salt Lake City, UT---The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for April 29 to nominate a candidate to fill a vacancy that will result when Judge Stephen L. Roth is appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals. The commission will meet at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State, in room N-31.

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April 13, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR UTAH SUPREME COURT VACANCY

Salt Lake City, UT---The Utah Supreme Court Nominating Commission has selected seven nominees for an upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court bench. The position will replace Justice Michael J. Wilkins who will retire May 15, 2010.

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April 8, 2010

EIGHTH DISTRICT COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Salt Lake City, UT---The 8th District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for April 15 at 11 a.m. to nominate a candidate to fill a vacancy that will result when Judge A. Lynn Payne retires July 1, 2010. The commission will meet at the Uintah County Courthouse, 1920 East Highway 40, in Vernal.

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April 7, 2010

Announcement of JUDICIAL VACANCY April 5, 2010

Applications are now being accepted for the position of juvenile court judge in the Second Judicial District.
(Counties include Davis, Morgan and Weber).
This position results from the pending retirement of Judge Stephen A. Van Dyke on August 15, 2010.

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Announcement of JUDICIAL VACANCY April 5, 2010

Applications are now being accepted for the position of district court judge in the Second Judicial District.
(Counties include Davis, Morgan and Weber).
This position results from the resignation of Judge Pamela G. Heffernan effective June 1, 2010.

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Announcement of JUDICIAL VACANCY April 5, 2010

Applications are now being accepted for the position of juvenile court judge in the Fifth Judicial District.
(Counties include Beaver, Iron, and Washington).
This vacancy results from the creation of a new position by the Legislature.

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UTAH STATE LAW LIBRARY TO HOLD BOOK DRIVE TO BENEFIT THE WEIGAND CENTER

Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah State Law Library is celebrating National Library Week April 11 through 17, with a book drive to benefit the Catholic Community Services’ Weigand Center.

The Weigand Center offers a broad range of services to the homeless, including showers, laundry facilities, haircuts, and a library. The center is in need of fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers, as well as magazines.

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April 6, 2010

SECOND DISTRICT JUVENILE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Ogden, Utah—Applications are now being accepted for an upcoming vacancy on the 2nd District Juvenile Court bench. The 2nd District includes Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. The position will replace Judge Stephen Van Dyke who has announced his retirement effective Aug. 15, 2010.

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SECOND DISTRICT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Ogden, Utah—Applications are now being accepted for an upcoming vacancy on the 2nd District Court bench. The 2nd District includes Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. The position will replace Judge Pamela Heffernan who has announced her retirement effective June 1, 2010.

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FIFTH DISTRICT JUVENILE COURT VACANCY POSTED

St. George, Utah—Applications are now being accepted for an upcoming vacancy on the 5th District Juvenile Court bench. The 5th District includes Beaver, Iron, and Washington counties. The position will fill a newly-created Juvenile Court judgeship that was established during the 2010 Legislative session.

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR TOOELE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Tooele, UT—The Tooele County Nominating Commission has forwarded the names of four nominees for a Justice Court vacancy in the Tooele Justice Court. The position will replace Judge William E. Pitt who is retiring effective May 2010.

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April 5, 2010

JUDGES TO HEAR GRAND JURY TESTIMONY

Bountiful, UT---A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on May 6, 2010 to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the 2nd Judicial District, Bountiful Courthouse, 805 South Main St.

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March 31, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR FOURTH DISTRICT COURT VACANCY

Provo, UT--The 4th District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a vacancy on the 4th District Court bench. The position replaces Judge Howard Maetani who retired Jan. 1, 2010. The 4th Judicial District is comprised of Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties.

The nominees are as follows: M. James Brady, of Mapleton, partner, Bradford & Brady; Jared Eldridge, of Nephi, county attorney, Juab County, and city prosecutor, Nephi City; Donna Kelly, of Provo, deputy Utah County attorney; Leslie W. Slaugh, of Orem, attorney/shareholder, Howard, Lewis & Petersen; and Gary R. Williams, of South Ogden, Ogden city attorney.

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March 30, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR ORDERVILLE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Orderville, UT—The Kane County Nominating Commission has forwarded the names of three nominees for a Justice Court vacancy in the Orderville Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Gerry H. Hoyt who is retiring effective June 2010.

Following are the nominees along with their employer and place of residence: Tonya A. Garreaud, of Duck Creek Village, retired; James S. Hoyt, of Orderville, Valley High School; and Judge Steven R. Wallace, of Glendale, retired.

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March 29, 2010

Hinckley Institute of Politics Law Day Panel

Hinckley Institute of Politics Law Day Panel
Monday, April 5 to begin at noon

“Law in the 21st Century: Enduring Traditions, Emerging Challenges”

Moderator: Randy Dryer, Shareholder, Parsons, Behle & Latimer
Panelists: -Chief Justice Christine M. Durham
-Dean Hiram Chodosh, S.J. Quinney School of Law, University of Utah
-Stephen Owens, Utah State Bar

The topic for the panel will focus primarily on the challenges the legal community is facing in the 21st Century. The law is changing dramatically as it seeks to shape and adapt to new conditions and circumstances. Some of the challenges to be discussed are as follows:

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March 26, 2010

APPELLATE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

APPELLATE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Salt Lake City, UT---The Appellate Court Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for April 6, 2010, to nominate candidates to fill a vacancy that will result when Justice Michael J. Wilkins retires May 15, 2010. The commission will meet at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State, in the Judicial Council room, N-31.

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March 25, 2010

2nd District Court Nominees Named

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR SECOND DISTRICT COURT VACANCY

Farmington, UT--The 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a vacancy on the 2nd District Court bench. The position replaces Judge Rodney Page who has retired. The 2nd Judicial District is comprised of Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.

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March 24, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR OREM CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR OREM CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Orem, UT—The Utah County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a Justice Court vacancy on the Orem City Justice Court, which is scheduled to open Sept. 1, 2010.

Following are the nominees along with their employer and place of residence:

Augustus G. Chin, of Salt Lake City, Rasmussen and Miner; Robert J. Church, of Orem, Orem City Attorney’s Office; Paul C. Farr, of Herriman, Minnock, Rice & James; Judge Reed S. Parkin, of Bluffdale, Justice Court Judge for Bluffdale, Herriman, and Heber cities; Judge Keith L. Stoney, of South Jordan, Justice Court Judge for Saratoga Springs and West Valley City.

A comment period will be held through April 2, 2010, before the names are submitted to Orem City Manager Jim Reams who has 30 days to make an appointment. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Shari Veverka, Administrative Office of the Courts, shariv@email.utcourts.gov.

March 18, 2010

The Utah State Courts Want You!

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Service Member Volunteer Attorneys (SMAV)

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March 15, 2010

Two judicial vacancies posted for 2nd Judicial District

Applications are now being accepted for two vacancies in the 2nd Judicial District. The District Court vacancy is to replace Judge Jon Memmott who will be retiring on May 1, 2010. The Juvenile Court vacancy is to replace Kent Bachman who is retiring Aug. 1, 2010.
Attached are the news releases for both vacancies. This information is also available at
http://www.utcourts.gov/media/news/

March 10, 2010

2nd District Nominating Commission to Select JudicialCandidates

SECOND DISTRICT COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION

SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Farmington, UT---The 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for March 16 at 9 a.m. to nominate a candidate to fill a vacancy that resulted when Judge Rodney Page retired. The commission will meet at the Farmington Courthouse, 800 West State Street.

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 are being accepted from 9:30 a.m. through 10:00 a.m.

Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a minimum of five candidates whose names will be forwarded to the Governor’s office to consider for appointment. The nominating commission does not take testimony on individual applicants.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission should contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at (801) 578-3800 to request an appointment.

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March 9, 2010

4th District Nominating Commission to Select Judicial Candidates

Salt Lake City, UT---The 4th District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for March 15 at 9 a.m. to nominate a candidate to fill a vacancy that resulted when Judge Howard Maetani retired Jan. 1, 2010. The commission will meet at the Provo Courthouse, 125 North 100 West.

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 are being accepted from 9:30 a.m. through 10:00 a.m.

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March 8, 2010

Request for Comment

Comments are requested no later than March 26, 2010

Proposed Revisions

Summary of Revisions

Attached are the proposed amendments to the Local Rules of the U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Tenth Circuit (BAP). The proposed amendments are being circulated for public notice and comment. Also included for your review is a copy of a Summary of Revisions describing the major rule changes. There are no comments in the Summary regarding minor grammatical or stylistic changes. Written comments may be made to the BAP Clerk’s Office by mail, facsimile, or by e-mail at the addresses listed above. Comments may also be addressed to any of the Local Rules of Practice Committee members listed below.

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March 5, 2010

Orderville Justice Court Vacancy Deadline Extended

Orderville, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Orderville. The position will replace Judge Gerry H. Hoyt who is retiring effective June 2010.

To be considered for the position, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Utah for at least three years, and have earned a high school diploma or GED.

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March 1, 2010

THIRD DISTRICT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Salt Lake City, Utah—Applications are now being accepted for a vacancy on the 3rd District Court bench. The 3rd District includes Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. The position will replace Judge Stephen Roth who has been appointed to the Utah Court of Appeals.

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February 18, 2010

ORDERVILLE JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Orderville, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Orderville. The position will replace Judge Gerry H. Hoyt who is retiring effective June 2010.

To be considered for the position, candidates must be at least 25 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Utah for at least three years, and have earned a high school diploma or GED.

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February 11, 2010

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR COURT OF APPEALS COURT VACANCY

Salt Lake City, UT---The Court of Appeals Nominating Commission has selected seven nominees for a vacancy on the Court of Appeals bench. The position will replace Judge Russell Bench who retired Dec. 31, 2009.

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February 10, 2010

EIGHTH DISTRICT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Vernal, Utah—Applications are now being accepted for a vacancy on the 8th District Court bench. The 8th District includes Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah counties. The position will replace Judge A. Lynn Payne who has announced his retirement effective July 1, 2010.

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February 1, 2010

UTAH SUPREME COURT JUDICIAL VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Salt Lake City, Utah—Applications are now being accepted for a vacancy on the Utah Supreme Court bench. The position will replace Justice Michael J. Wilkins who will retire effective May 15, 2010.

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January 27, 2010

Announcement of JUDICIAL VACANCY January 26, 2010

Applications are now being accepted for the position of district court judge in the Second Judicial District. (Counties include Davis, Morgan, Weber). This position results from the retirement of Judge Rodney Page on September 1, 2009 Completed application forms must be received by the Administrative Office of the Courts no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 26, 2010.

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January 26, 2010

SECOND DISTRICT JUDICIAL VACANCY RE-OPENED

Ogden, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the 2nd District Court bench. The 2nd District includes Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties. The position will replace Judge Rodney Page who retired Sept. 1, 2009.

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January 25, 2010

COURT OF APPEALS JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION


SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Salt Lake City, UT---The Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for Feb. 3, 2010, to nominate candidates to fill a vacancy that resulted when Judge Russell Bench retired Dec. 31, 2009. The commission will meet at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State, in the Judicial Council room.

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THIRD DISTRICT TRIAL COURT EXECUTIVE APPOINTED

Salt Lake City, UT—Utah State Court Administrator Daniel J. Becker has announced the appointment of Peyton Smith to the position of trial court executive in the 3rd District Court. Smith replaces Peggy Gentles who is now working for the Minnesota court system. The 3rd District includes Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.

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January 13, 2010

Nominations for the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award

The Women Lawyers of Utah is seeking nominations for the 2010 Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year award. The award will be presented at the annual Fireside chat with Chief Justice Durham on April 29, 2010 at the Town Club. The Fireside is open to members of the WLU and membership information is available on our website www.utahwomenlawyers.org

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January 7, 2010

FOURTH DISTRICT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

FOURTH DISTRICT JUDICIAL VACANCY POSTED

Provo, Utah—Applications are now being accepted for a vacancy on the 4th District Court bench. The 4th District includes Juab, Millard, Utah, and Wasatch counties. The position will replace Judge Howard Maetani who retired Jan. 1, 2010.

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January 5, 2010

UTAH STATE COURTS EXPANDS SELF-HELP CENTER SERVICES


UTAH STATE COURTS EXPANDS SELF-HELP CENTER SERVICES

Center Now Assisting Self-Help Parties in Sixth Judicial District

Salt Lake City, Utah— The Utah State Courts has expanded the Self-Help Center services to the Sixth Judicial District. The Self-Help Center assists individuals who are representing themselves in court to better understand court processes. The Self-Help Center program was launched in December 2007 in the Second and Eighth Judicial Districts as part of a pilot project and expanded to the Seventh Judicial District in January 2009.

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November 23, 2009

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR COURT OF APPEALS COURT VACANCY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 20, 2009
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR COURT OF APPEALS COURT VACANCY

Salt Lake City, UT---The Court of Appeals Nominating Commission has selected seven nominees for a vacancy on the Court of Appeals bench. The position will replace Judge Pamela Greenwood who will retire Dec. 31, 2009.

The nominees are listed as follows: Judge Michele Christiansen, of Salt Lake City, 3rd District Court Judge; Judge David M. Connors, of Farmington, 2nd District Court Judge; Judge David N. Mortensen, of Springville, 4th District Court Judge; Paul T. Moxley, of Alta, partner, Parsons Kinghorn Harris; Judge Anthony B. Quinn, of Salt Lake City, 3rd District Court Judge; Judge Stephen L. Roth, of Salt Lake City, 3rd District Court Judge; and Jeannette F. Swent, of Salt Lake City, chief, Civil Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A 10-day public comment period will be held before the names are submitted to Gov. Gary Herbert. Court of Appeals Nominating Commission Chair Mr. Gayle McKeachnie is accepting written comments regarding the nominees at the Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. The deadline for written comments is Nov. 30, 2009, by 5 p.m.

The commission may request further interviews or an investigation of the nominees after reviewing public comments. After the public comment period, the names will be sent to the Governor who has 30 days to select a candidate. The Governor’s nominee is then forwarded to the Senate Confirmation Committee, which reviews the nominee’s qualifications and conducts a public hearing and interview session. The Senate Confirmation Committee will forward the final nominee to the Utah State Senate, which has 60 days from the Governor’s nomination to confirm the nominee.

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Public Information Office
Utah State Courts
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(801) 578-3994
(801) 712-4545
Fax: (801) 578-3843
www.utcourts.gov
"Utah's courts are committed to open, fair, and independent justice."

October 23, 2009

3rd District Court Nominees Selected

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THIRD DISTRICT COURT VACANCY

Salt Lake City, UT--The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a vacancy on the 3rd District Court bench. The position replaces Judge Sheila McCleve who retired July 1, 2009. The 3rd Judicial District is comprised of Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties.

The nominees are as follows: Katherine Bernards-Goodman, of Sandy, assistant division chief, Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office; Evelyn “Eve” J. Furse, of Peoa, senior city attorney, Salt Lake City Corporation; Steven K. Gordon, of Park City, attorney, Durham, Jones & Pinegar; Keith A. Kelly, of Salt Lake City, shareholder and director, Ray, Quinney & Nebeker; and Andrew H. Stone, of Salt Lake City, shareholder, Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough.

A 10-day public comment period will be held before the names are submitted to the Governor. Third District Nominating Commission Chair Trina Higgins is accepting written comments regarding the nominees at the Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. The deadline for written comments is 5 p.m. on October 26, 2009.

The commission may request further interviews or an investigation of the nominees after reviewing public comments. After the public comment period, the names will be sent to the Governor who has 30 days to select a candidate. The Governor’s nominee is then forwarded to the Senate Confirmation Committee, which reviews the nominee’s qualifications and conducts a public hearing and interview session. The Senate Confirmation Committee will forward the final nominee to the Utah State Senate, which has 60 days from the Governor’s nomination to confirm the nominee.

October 8, 2009

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and the Judicial Council invite comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires November 17, 2009.

Summary of proposed amendments:

Rules of Civil Procedure
URCP 065C. Post-conviction relief. Amend Recognizes Utah’s Post Conviction Remedies Act as the law governing post-conviction relief.

Rules of Juvenile Procedure
URJP 25A. Withdrawal of plea. New. Establishes standards and procedures for withdrawal of a plea in juvenile court.

Code of Judicial Administration
CJA 04-0409. Council Approval of Problem Solving Courts. Amend. Establish best-practices criteria and require recertification biannually.
CJA 07-0304. Probation supervision. Amend. Add an assessment tool based on evidence-based practices for working with low-risk offenders.

How to view redline text of the proposed amendments:

To see proposed rule amendments and submit comments, click on this linkto: 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's more efficient for us if you submit comments through the website, and we encourage you to do so. After clicking on the comment link, you will be prompted for your name, which we request, and your email address and URL, which are optional. This is a public site. If you do not want to disclose your email address, omit it. Time does not permit us to acknowledge comments, but all will be considered.

Submit comments directly through the website or to:

Tim Shea
Email: tims@email.utcourts.gov Please include the comment in the message text, not in an attachment.
Fax: 801-578-3843
Administrative Office of the Courts
POB 140241
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-0241

One method of submitting a comment is sufficient.

October 1, 2009

Utah Judicial Council Members Named

Salt Lake City, Utah—Two judges have been elected to the Utah Judicial Council to serve a three-year term: 3rd District Juvenile Court Judge Kimberly K. Hornak and 1st District Court Judge Thomas L. Willmore will begin their terms Oct. 1, 2009. These judges have replaced 2nd District Juvenile Court Judge Mark Andrus and 2nd District Court Judge Michael Lyon who completed their terms.

The Utah Judicial Council is the policy-making body for the judiciary. The Council has the constitutional authority to adopt uniform rules for the administration of all courts in the state. The Council also sets standards for judicial performance, court facilities, support services, and judicial and non-judicial staff levels.

Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine M. Durham chairs the Council, which consists of 14 members. Other members are as follows: Utah Supreme Court Justice Ronald E. Nehring, Court of Appeals Judge Gregory K. Orme, 3rd District Court Judge Judith S.H. Atherton, 5th District Court Judge G. Michael Westfall, 5th District Juvenile Court Judge Hans Q. Chamberlain, Saratoga Springs and West Valley Justice Court Judge Keith Stoney, West Valley Justice Court Judge Brendan P. McCullagh, Uintah County Justice Court Judge G.A. “Jody” Petry, Utah State Bar Representative Lori Nelson, Esq., and Utah State Court Administrator Dan Becker who serves as secretariat to the Council. The judges and Utah State Bar representative all serve three-year terms.

September 29, 2009

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and Judicial Council have approved amendments to the following Utah court rules.

Summary of amendments

Rules of Evidence
URE 0701. Opinion testimony by lay witnesses. Amend. Adds to the required grounds for opinion testimony by a lay witness that the opinion is not based on specialized knowledge within the scope of Rule 702.

URE 0703. Bases of opinion testimony by experts. Amend. Prohibits inadmissible data used to form an expert opinion from being disclosed to the jury unless the probative value substantially outweighs the prejudicial effect.

Rules Governing the Utah State Bar
USB 14-0203. License categories. Amend. Specify that to qualify for the "active, under 3 years" category means to have practiced less than 3 years in any jurisdiction.

USB 14-0507. Roster of lawyers and current record information. Amend.
Require the Bar to collect, maintain and have ready access to a lawyer's e-mail address. Lawyer could still designate the e-mail address as private.

USB 14-0103. Organization and management of the Bar. Amend. Establish on-line election of president-elect and commissioners.

USB 14-0205. Board. Amend. Establish on-line election of president-elect and commissioners.

USB 14-0206. Officers. Amend. Establish on-line election of president-elect and commissioners.

USB 14-0510. Prosecution and appeals. Amend. The proposed amendments provide a right of appeal from an informal disciplinary proceeding, specify the rights of the complainant and respondent at the screening panel proceeding, and detail the exceptions and appeal procedures.

Rules of Civil Procedure
URCP 007. Pleadings allowed; motions, memoranda, hearings, orders, objection to commissioner’s order. Amend. Move process for objecting to a commissioner's recommendation from Rule 7 to Rule 101.

URCP 076. Notice of contact information change. New. Requires attorneys and parties to inform the court of changes to contact information.

URCP 101. Motion practice before court commissioners. Amend. Move process for objecting to a commissioner's recommendation from Rule 7 to Rule 101.

Rules of Appellate Procedure
URAP 19. Extraordinary writs. Amend. The amendment will require a petitioner seeking extraordinary relief to state whether interlocutory appeal was sought, and if so, the results of the petition.

URAP 25. Brief of an amicus curiae or guardian ad litem. Amend. The proposal establishes specific deadlines for filing a brief of an amicus curiae.

URAP 37. Suggestion of mootness; voluntary dismissal. Amend. The amendments clarify that a suggestion of mootness should be filed only when one or more, but less than all, of the issues have become moot. If all the issues are moot, a motion for voluntary dismissal must be filed. The amendments also establish a process for filing a request for dismissal. The request must be in the form of a motion and is subject to court approval.

URAP 38. Substitution of counsel. Amend. The amendments clarify the process for substituting a party when a party becomes incompetent or for other causes.

URAP 49. Petition for writ of certiorari. Amend. A petition of writ of certiorari shall include references to the record on appeal or to the opinion of the Court Appeals, rather than referring to both sources.

URAP 50. Brief in opposition; reply brief; brief of an amicus curiae.
Amend. The proposal establishes a more detailed process for submitting a proposed amicus brief, including the contents of the brief and deadlines.

Code of Judicial Administration
CJA 02-0104. Recording meetings. Amend. Modify provisions about Judicial Council audio record and minutes to conform to amendments to the Open and Public Meetings Act.

CJA 03-0102. Assumption of judicial office. Amend. Make applicable to judges of courts of record and not of record.

CJA 03-0306. Court interpreters. Repeal and Reenact. Clarifies the standards for appointing a certified, approved or conditionally approved interpreter. Improves the initial training requirements. Adds Guardianship and Conservatorship appointments to cases requiring a certified interpreter. Identifies the discipline process. Simplifies translation of forms. Permits hiring an interpreter as an employee.

CJA 04-0202.02 Record classification. Amend Classifies business address, phone and email of a non-party as a public record. Residential and personal information of a non-party would remain private.

CJA 04-0409. Council approval of Problem Solving Courts. Amend. Delete reference to repealed section of the Utah Code.

CJA 04-0701. Failure to appear. Amend. Conforming to HB 292, eliminates the requirement for a criminal information before issuing a warrant for failure to appear in an infraction.

CJA 04-0906. Guardian ad litem program. Amend. Provides that the Guardian ad Litem Oversight Committee appoints the director.

How to view redline text of the approved amendments

To see the text and effective date of the amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/ and then click on the rule number. All amendments are effective November 1, 2009, unless otherwise indicated. Updated versions of the rules will be posted to the main rules web page (http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/) on or about the effective date of the amendments.

September 25, 2009

Chief Justice Presents Judicial Awards

Salt Lake City, UT---The Utah Judicial Council has honored six individuals and one court team for outstanding contributions to the Judicial Branch. Chief Justice Christine M. Durham presented the awards on Sept. 17 during the Annual Awards Luncheon at The Homestead in Midway, Utah.

The awards and recipients are as follows: Amicus Curiae Award—Roger O. Tew, Esq., Utah League of Cities and Towns; Service to the Courts Award—Doug Call, Division of Child and Family Services; Judicial Administration Award—Nancy Volmer, Administrative Office of the Courts; Meritorious Service Award—Barbara Procarione, 7th District Court; Virginia Baker, 8th District Juvenile Court; Hollie Curtis, 6th District Court; Records Quality Award—Lisa Collins, Utah Court of Appeals, Nicole Gray, Utah Court of Appeals, and Penny Rainaldi, Administrative Office of the Courts.

The Utah Judicial Council directs the activities of all the Utah State Courts. The Judicial Council is responsible for adopting uniform rules for the administration of all courts in the state, setting standards for judicial performance, court facilities, support services, and judicial and nonjudicial personnel.

Juvenile Court Reports To The Community

Salt Lake City, Utah—The work of Utah’s juvenile courts is furthering community safety by helping juvenile offenders stop criminal behavior. At the same time, the court’s work is providing justice to victims. According to the recently released Juvenile Court Report Card to the Community, Utah’s juvenile courts are making a substantial contribution to further community safety.

Utah’s juvenile courts have established six benchmarks—delinquency referrals, juvenile crime, restitution paid, law abiding behavior, drug testing, community service—from which to measure progress in furthering safety, restoring justice for victims, and reducing the risk of youth re-offending. Following is a re-cap of progress from 2008 on these benchmarks:

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Third District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Selection Meeting Planned

Salt Lake City, UT---The 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for Oct. 1, 2009, at 9 a.m. to nominate a candidate to fill a vacancy that resulted when Judge Sheila McCleve retired July 1, 2009. The commission will meet at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State, in the Judicial Council room.

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 are being accepted from 9:15 a.m. through 10:15 a.m.

Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a minimum of seven candidates whose names will be forwarded to the Governor’s office to consider for appointment. The nominating commission does not take testimony on individual applicants.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission should contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at (801) 578-3800 to request an appointment.

Fourth District Court Judicial Nominating Commission Selection Meeting Planned

Salt Lake City, UT---The 4th District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for Oct. 5, 2009, at 9 a.m. to nominate a candidate to fill a vacancy that resulted when Judge Gary Stott retired July 1, 2009. The commission will meet at the Provo Courthouse, 125 North 100 West.

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 are being accepted from 9:15 a.m. through 10:15 a.m.

Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a minimum of five candidates whose names will be forwarded to the Governor’s office to consider for appointment. The nominating commission does not take testimony on individual applicants.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission should contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at (801) 578-3800 to request an appointment.

ABA - Message from Utah State Delegate

Dear ABA Utah Bar Members,

Greetings!

I am your new State Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates and will be attending my first meeting in that capacity in February of 2010. Paul Moxley, the previous State Delegate, participated in his last meeting in Chicago this past July. Paul has dedicated many years and a great deal of energy to the ABA and the Utah State Bar. We are fortunate that he has been willing to serve. Thank you, Paul, for your great representation of Utah.

The following are some items that may be of interest to you:

The Utah State Bar Commission will be appointing at least one (and probably two) new Utah State Bar delegates to the ABA House of Delegates. The Bar Commission is accepting letters of interest currently and will be making the appointments in the October Bar Commission meeting. I encourage you to submit your letter of interest if you think you would enjoy serving in the ABA House of Delegates.

Karthik Nadesan recently was appointed to the position of Utah state membership chair for the ABA. Congratulations to Karthik. I am certain he would like to hear from you about methods for increasing ABA membership in Utah.

Attached is a summary of the events and actions at the House of Delegates meeting in Chicago this summer.(Click here to view the PDF>>) A description of the resolutions of the House of Delegates begins on page 17 and includes issues affecting immigration, intellectual property, lawyer assistance, indigent defendants, international law, tort practice, human rights, and other areas. I encourage you to review the report for information that may impact your practice area or your interests generally.

Please let me know if there is any particular information you would like me to provide to you in the future from the House of Delegates. I want to be a resource for you and keep you informed of ABA activities.

Please feel free to send me an email or call me with your suggestions or questions.

Thank you for your participation in the ABA.

Charlotte L. Miller
Cmiller@kmclaw.com
801 323 5941

September 23, 2009

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court and Judicial Council have approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. Some of the amendments were first announced in the Spring. Others were more recently approved.

Summary of amendments

Rules of Evidence
URE 0701. Opinion testimony by lay witnesses. Amend. Adds to the required grounds for opinion testimony by a lay witness that the opinion is not based on specialized knowledge within the scope of Rule 702.

URE 0703. Bases of opinion testimony by experts. Amend. Prohibits inadmissible data used to form an expert opinion from being disclosed to the jury unless the probative value substantially outweighs the prejudicial effect.

Rules Governing the Utah State Bar

USB 14-0203. License categories. Amend. Specify that to qualify for the "active, under 3 years" category means to have practiced less than 3 years in any jurisdiction.

USB 14-0507. Roster of lawyers and current record information. Amend.
Require the Bar to collect, maintain and have ready access to a lawyer's e-mail address. Lawyer could still designate the e-mail address as private.

USB 14-0103. Organization and management of the Bar. Amend. Establish on-line election of president-elect and commissioners.

USB 14-0205. Board. Amend. Establish on-line election of president-elect and commissioners.

USB 14-0206. Officers. Amend. Establish on-line election of president-elect and commissioners.

USB 14-0510. Prosecution and appeals. Amend. The proposed amendments provide a right of appeal from an informal disciplinary proceeding, specify the rights of the complainant and respondent at the screening panel proceeding, and detail the exceptions and appeal procedures.

Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP 007. Pleadings allowed; motions, memoranda, hearings, orders, objection to commissioner’s order. Amend. Move process for objecting to a commissioner's recommendation from Rule 7 to Rule 101.

URCP 076. Notice of contact information change. New. Requires attorneys and parties to inform the court of changes to contact information.

URCP 101. Motion practice before court commissioners. Amend. Move process for objecting to a commissioner's recommendation from Rule 7 to Rule 101.

Rules of Appellate Procedure

URAP 19. Extraordinary writs. Amend. The amendment will require a petitioner seeking extraordinary relief to state whether interlocutory appeal was sought, and if so, the results of the petition.

URAP 25. Brief of an amicus curiae or guardian ad litem. Amend. The proposal establishes specific deadlines for filing a brief of an amicus curiae.

URAP 37. Suggestion of mootness; voluntary dismissal. Amend. The amendments clarify that a suggestion of mootness should be filed only when one or more, but less than all, of the issues have become moot. If all the issues are moot, a motion for voluntary dismissal must be filed.
The amendments also establish a pr

URAP 38. Substitution of counsel. Amend. The amendments clarify the process for substituting a party when a party becomes incompetent or for other causes.

URAP 49. Petition for writ of certiorari. Amend. A petition of writ of certiorari shall include references to the record on appeal or to the opinion of the Court Appeals, rather than referring to both sources.

URAP 50. Brief in opposition; reply brief; brief of an amicus curiae.
Amend. The proposal establishes a more detailed process for submitting a proposed amicus brief, including the contents of the brief and deadlines.

Code of Judicial Administration

CJA 02-0104. Recording meetings. Amend. Modify provisions about Judicial Council audio record and minutes to conform to amendments to the Open and Public Meetings Act.

CJA 03-0102. Assumption of judicial office. Amend. Make applicable to judges of courts of record and not of record.

CJA 03-0306. Court interpreters. Repeal and Reenact. Clarifies the standards for appointing a certified, approved or conditionally approved interpreter. Improves the initial training requirements. Adds Guardianship and Conservatorship appointments to cases requiring a certified interpreter. Identifies the d CJA 04-0202.02 Record classification. Amend Classifies business address, phone and email of a non-party as a public record. Residential and personal information of a non-party would remain private.

CJA 04-0409. Council approval of Problem Solving Courts. Amend. Delete reference to repealed section of the Utah Code.

CJA 04-0701. Failure to appear. Amend. Conforming to HB 292, eliminates the requirement for a ciminal information before issuing a warrant for failure to appear in an infraction.

CJA 04-0906. Guardian ad litem program. Amend. Provides that the Guardian ad Litem Oversight Committee appoints the director.

How to view redline text of the approved amendments

To see the text and effective date of the amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/ and then click on the rule number. All amendments are effective November 1, 2009, unless otherwise indicated. Updated versions of the rules will be posted to the main rules web page (http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/) on or about the effective date of the amendments.

September 18, 2009

July 2009 Bar Exam Results Posted

The Utah State Bar Office of Admissions has posted the results of the 2009 July Bar exam. Exam results may be found online at http://www.utahbar.org/admissions/july_2009_examresults.html.

September 3, 2009

Dialougue On Democrac To Feature Frank Keating

Educators, youth and community leaders gather to celebrate and strengthen the civic mission of schools

Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah Coalition for Civic, Character and Service Learning, in partnership with the Utah Commission on Civic and Character Education, the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, and the Hinckley Institute of Politics, is hosting the Sixth Annual Dialogue on Democracy dinner on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol rotunda. The featured keynote speaker is former Governor Frank Keating who won notoriety in 1995 for his handling of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. He is currently the president and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers and has played a leading role in promoting public policies to boost Americans’ retirement security and long-term savings.

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August 24, 2009

Court of Appeals Judicial Vacancy Announced

Salt Lake City, Utah—Applications are now being accepted for a vacancy on the Utah Court of Appeals bench. The position will replace Judge Pamela Greenwood who will retire effective Dec. 31, 2009.

To be considered for the position, candidates must be at least 30 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Utah for at least five years, and admitted to practice law in Utah.

Information on benefits, judicial retention, and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Courts’ Web site at www.utcourts.gov under employment opportunities. Application packets are available by contacting Margo Bird at (801) 578-3800 or through e-mail at margob@email.utcourts.gov.

Applications should be returned to the attention of Margo Bird, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0241, or faxed to (801) 238-7814. Applications must be received by Sept. 25, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit seven nominees to the Governor within 45 days of its first meeting. The Governor has 30 days in which to make a selection. The Utah State Senate has 60 days in which to approve or reject the Governor’s selection.

August 22, 2009

SLCounty DA's Office Notice on Dissemination of Discovery in Criminal Cases

Important Notice Regarding Salt Lake County District Attorney Office’s
Dissemination of Discovery in Criminal Cases


Pursuant to a resolution adopted by the Salt Lake County Council, the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office shall charge and collect fees before releasing any discovery documents or materials. The following fee schedule applies to discovery materials in criminal cases and will take effect beginning September 1st, 2009:

1. Initial Discovery Packet of documents:
Digital format - $20.00
Paper copies, black and white (8.5 x 11), up to 100 pages - $25.00
(color copies (8.5 x 11) - $1.00 per page)

2. Supplemental Discovery:
Digital format - $10.00
Paper copies, black and white (8.5 x 11) - $10.00 + $0.25 per page
(color copies (8.5 x 11) - $10.00 + $1.00 per page)

3. Photographs:
Digital format - $5.00
Hard copy - $1.00 per print (minimum)

4. Audio/video:
Video tape - $20.00 each
Audio cassette - $10.00 each
Digital format - $5.00 each

5. Mailing:
$2.00 per mailing or actual cost, whichever is great

6. Fax transmission:
$2.00 for the first page, plus $1.00 for each additional page

7. Courier delivery:
Actual shipping charges

8. Production to formats not normally maintained by the District Attorney’s Office:
Actual cost of conversion, including time for staff or technical personnel to make the conversion at their hourly rate plus benefits. An estimate shall be provided by the District Attorney’s Office and prepayment may be required before the conversion is commenced.

9. Research time:
The District Attorney’s Office may charge for the costs of staff time for compiling, formatting, manipulating, packaging, summarizing, or redacting data, including redacting private, protected, or controlled information. Charges will be at the hourly rate plus benefits of the staff performing these services. An estimate of such services shall be provided by the District Attorney’s Office and prepayment may be required before such compilation is commenced.

10. Debt collection:
In addition to the amount due under County Ordinance 3.42.050, the District Attorney’s Office shall assess a $25.00 administrative fee upon the receipt and opening of a debt collection account.

Provision relating to refunds:
Any prepaid amount in excess of the fees for costs actually due shall be refunded to the requestor.

Provision relating to county-contracted legal defenders:
These fees will not be assessed to or collected from defendants represented by county-contracted legal defenders, with the exception of requests for materials that have already been provided. Duplicate or replacement materials will be charged at the standard rates listed above.

Provision relating to waiver of fees:
Notwithstanding the above provisions, the District Attorney’s Office may, in the interests of justice or the public interest, waive all or part of any fees or charging in filling a request to produce any record or document.

August 11, 2009

Nominees Announced For Court of Appeals Court Vacancy

Salt Lake City, UT---The Court of Appeals Nominating Commission has selected six nominees for a vacancy on the Court of Appeals bench. The position will replace Judge Judith Billings who retired Dec. 31, 2008.

The nominees are listed as follows: Diana Hagen, appellate chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office, South Weber; Judge David N. Mortensen, 4th District Court Judge, Springville; Judge Anthony B. Quinn, 3rd District Court Judge, Salt Lake City; Judge Stephen L. Roth, 3rd District Court Judge, Salt Lake City; Jeannette F. Swent, chief, Civil Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Salt Lake City; J. Frederic Voros, Jr., chief, Criminal Appeals Division, Utah Attorney General’s Office, Salt Lake City.

A 10-day public comment period will be held before the names are submitted to Gov. Gary Herbert. Court of Appeals Nominating Commission Chair Gayle McKeachnie is accepting written comments regarding the nominees at the Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. The deadline for written comments is August 21 by 5 p.m.

The commission may request further interviews or an investigation of the nominees after reviewing public comments. After the public comment period, the names will be sent to the Governor who has 30 days to select a candidate. The Governor’s nominee is then forwarded to the Senate Confirmation Committee, which reviews the nominee’s qualifications and conducts a public hearing and interview session. The Senate Confirmation Committee will forward the final nominee to the Utah State Senate, which has 60 days from the Governor’s nomination to confirm the nominee.


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August 3, 2009

Capitol Discovery Day

Capitol Discovery Day
Celebrates the Utah State Capitol
On Saturday, August 29, 2009
Noon – 10 pm

Something for the whole family! The Utah State Capitol is at it again for their 5th annual Capitol Discovery Day. This free event, open to the public, will take place on August 29, 2009 from Noon until 10 p.m.

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July 31, 2009

Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission Selection Meeting Planned

Salt Lake City, UT---The Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for August 4, 2009, to nominate a candidate to fill a vacancy that resulted when Judge Judith Billings retired Dec. 31, 2008. The commission will meet at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State, in the Judicial Council room.

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 are being accepted from 11 a.m. through 11:30 a.m.

Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a minimum of seven candidates whose names will be forwarded to the Governor’s office to consider for appointment. The nominating commission does not take testimony on individual applicants.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission should contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at (801) 578-3800 to request an appointment.

June 1, 2009

Eighth District Judicial Nominating Commission Selection Meeting Planned

Vernal, UT - The 8th District Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting for June 8, 2009, to select five candidates to fill a vacancy that will result when Judge John Anderson retires Sept. 1, 2009. The commission will meet at the Uintah County Courthouse, 920 East Highway 40, in Vernal.

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 are being accepted from 12 to 12:30 p.m.

Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select the slate of five candidates whose names will be forwarded to Utah’s governor to consider for appointment. The nominating commission does not take testimony on individual applicants.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission should contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at (801) 578-3800 to request an appointment. Information on the 8th District Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

May 19, 2009

Amendment to Mentoring Rule Addressing Conflict and Confidentiality

The Utah Supreme Court has adopted a new amendment for the New Lawyer Training Program rule to resolve issues with conflict and confidentiality in the mentor relationship between mentors and lawyers not in the same firm or organization. Click here to view the new amendment.

Utah Supreme Court Appoints Constance Lundberg to Utah Judicial Conduct Commission

Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah Supreme Court has appointed Constance K. Lundberg, of Orem, to serve on Utah’s Judicial Conduct Commission (JCC). Lundberg replaces Ruth Lybbert, an attorney with the law firm of Dewsnup, King & Olsen, who has served on the JCC since July 2002.

Lundberg is an attorney with the law firm of Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough. She received a law degree from the University of Utah Law School in 1972. Prior to joining Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough, Lundberg served as Associate Dean of the J. Reuben Clark Law School and before that as law librarian at Howard W. Hunter Law Library at Brigham Young University (BYU). She has taught public land law, mining law, environmental and conservation law, and advocacy at the law school and continues to teach alternative dispute resolution at BYU. Lundberg was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Utah State Bar’s Energy & Natural Resources Law Section.

Utah law requires the Utah Supreme Court to appoint two judges and two attorneys to serve on the JCC. One of the judges must be a member of the Utah Court of Appeals, while the other judge must be a from the district or juvenile court bench. The attorneys must be members in good standing with the Utah State Bar and each attorney must reside in a different judicial district.

Current appointees to the Judicial Conduct Commission are as follows: Utah Court of Appeals Judge Russell W. Bench, 3rd District Court Judge Royal I. Hansen, and Ronald G. Russell, attorney with the law firm of Parr, Brown, Gee and Loveless.

May 6, 2009

Utah State Law Library Court Classes In May

Salt Lake City, UT - The Utah State Law Library is offering a series of free classes in May to inform the public about court-related topics. Following is a list of the classes with information on the instructor.

May 8, Resources for Self-Represented Parties, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Taught by Joanne Gialelis, Library Assistant, Utah State Law Library

May 14, Small Claims Basics, 5 to 6 p.m.
Taught by Tim Shea, Senior Staff Attorney, Utah State Courts

May 21, Guardianship of a Minor Basics, 5 to 6 p.m.
Taught by Mary Jane Ciccarello, Staff Attorney, Utah State Courts

May 28, Juvenile Court Basics, 5 to 6 p.m.
Taught by Whitney Kania, Juvenile Court Law Clerk, Utah State courts

The State Law Library is located on the first floor of the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State in Room W-13. Advance registration for the classes is required by e-mailing library@email.utcourts.gov or by calling (801) 238-7990. For a complete listing of class dates and times, go to www.utcourts.gov/lawlibrary/.

April 21, 2009

Utah Division of Corporations Cease Service of Process

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Beginning May 12, 2009, the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code will no longer accept service of process for business entities. In 2008, the Utah Legislature passed the Model Registered Agents Act to standardize registered agent filing and service of process among various types of businesses including corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships.

Under previous law, the Division of Corporations and Commercial Code was the default agent for purposes of service of process when a business had no registered agent. Now, however, those wishing to serve a business without a registered agent may serve the business’s main office by registered or certified mail. If that is not possible, a business may be served by handing process papers to any person in charge at any regular location of the business. See Utah Code Ann. § 16-17-301 (2008).

For questions, contact the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code at
(801) 530-4849, or toll-free in-state at 1-877-526-3994 or log on to their website at; www.corporations.utah.gov

April 13, 2009

Divorce Education For Children - April Class Scheduled

Salt Lake City, UT - Nearly 11,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including 2,500 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a Divorce Education for Children class each month at no charge to participants. The next class is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Divorce Education for Children class is for children 9- to 12-years-old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. The class takes place at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street. Advance registration is required by calling (801) 578-3897. There is no charge to attend the class.

The program’s curriculum provides children with skills they can use to better communicate their feelings to parents. Mental health professionals teach the class with the assistance of state court judges and commissioners. Participation in the children’s class is voluntary.

For more information, go to www.utcourts.gov/specproj/dived.htm.

April 8, 2009

Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules.

Summary of amendments

USB 14-0103. Organization and management of the Bar. Amend. Standardize the requirements for a Commissioner to vacate his or her unexpired term when succeeding to the office of President.

USB 14-0205. Board. Amend. Shorten voting period for elections from 30 to 15 days. Standardize the requirements for a Commissioner to vacate his or her unexpired term when succeeding to the office of President.

USB 14-0206. Officers. Amend. Shorten voting period for elections from 30 to 15 days. Provide for the event that the Commission is unable to nominate two candidates for the office of President-elect to run in a contested election.

How to view redline text of the approved amendments

To see the text and effective date of the amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/ and then click on the rule number. All amendments are effective March 18, 2009.

Utah State Law Library Plans Classes and Tours

National Library Week Celebrated April 12 through 18, 2009

Salt Lake City, UT---In recognition of National Library Week—April 12 through 18—the Utah State Law Library is offering free classes and library tours to inform individuals who are representing themselves in court as well as instruct those interested in case law research.

Classes will be held April 13 through 16. The one-hour classes will be held at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. each day. Topics include Introduction to Resources for Self-Represented Parties, which will cover topics such as how to find an attorney, where to locate court forms, and available legal clinics. A class on Westlaw Basics will provide information on how to search for case law and statutes. An introductory class to HeinOnline will provide information on accessing legal publications, including law reviews and Federal material.

The State Law Library is located on the first floor of the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State in Room W-13. Advance registration for the classes is required by e-mailing library@email.utcourts.gov or by calling (801) 238-7990. For a complete listing of class dates and times, go to www.utcourts.gov/lawlibrary.

April 7, 2009

2009 Summer Convention Awards

The Board of Bar Commissioners is seeking nominations for the 2009 Annual Convention Awards. These awards have a long history of honoring publicly those whose professionalism, public service and personal dedication have significantly enhanced the administration of justice, the delivery of legal services and the building up of the profession. Your award nominations must be submitted in writing to Christy Abad, Executive Secretary, 645 South 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111 or adminasst@utahbar.org, no later than Friday, May 15, 2009. The award categories include:

  • Judge of the Year
  • Distinguished Lawyer of the Year
  • Distinguished Section/Committee of the year
  • Click here to view past award winners.

    April 2, 2009

    Nominees Announced for Summit County Justice Court Vacancy

    Coalville, UT—The Summit County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for a Justice Court vacancy in Summit County. The position will replace Judge Lynn Sadler who retired effective Feb. 1, 2009.

    Following are the nominees along with their current employer and place of residence: Augustus Chin, attorney at Rasmussen and Miner, Salt Lake City; Shauna Kerr, Deer Valley Resort, Park City; and Marsha Thomas, Taylorsville Justice Court Judge; Salt Lake City.

    A comment period will be held through April 13, 2009 before the names are submitted to Brian Bellamy, Summit County Interim County Manager. Bellamy has 30 days in which to make an appointment. The Utah Judicial Council must then confirm the appointment. Holly Frischknecht with the Administrative Office of the Courts is accepting written comments at hollyf@email.utcourts.gov.

    March 27, 2009

    Court of Appeals Judicial Vacancy Announced

    Applications are now being accepted for a vacancy on the Utah Court of Appeals bench. The position will replace Judge Judith Billings who retired effective Dec. 31, 2008.

    To be considered for the position, candidates must be at least 30 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Utah for at least five years, and admitted to practice law in Utah.

    Information on benefits, judicial retention, and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Courts’ Web site at www.utcourts.gov under employment opportunities. Application packets are available by contacting Margo Bird at (801) 578-3800 or through e-mail at margob@email.utcourts.gov.

    Applications should be returned to the attention of Margo Bird, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0241, or faxed to (801) 238-7814. Applications must be received by April 27 at 5:00 p.m.

    Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit seven nominees to the Governor within 45 days of its first meeting. The Governor has 30 days in which to make a selection. The Utah State Senate has 60 days in which to approve or reject the Governor’s selection.

    March 10, 2009

    Spring Convention Commission Meeting Agenda

    Thursday, March 12, 2009
    Dixie Convention Center
    St. George, Utah

    Noon Lunch with Southern Utah Bar and Mentor Training

    1:00 p.m. President's Report: Nate Alder

    10 mins. - 2.1 - Review Convention Schedule and Calendar
    15 mins. - 2.2 - Report on National Conference of Bar Presidents Meeting
    30 mins. - 2.3 - Report on Governmental Relations and Legislative Session
    05 mins. - 2.4 - Report on Selection of Fall Forum Chairs

    2:00 p.m. Executive Director's Report: John Baldwin

    10 mins. - 3.1 - Report on Mentoring Program
    05 mins. - 3.2 - Report on Status of Supreme Court Petitions
    05 mins. - 3.3 - Report on 2009 Elections
    10 mins. - 3.4 - Financial Report and Lehman Bankruptcy Status

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    March 9, 2009

    Financial Wellness Classes

    State Law Library and Salt Lake County Library Service team up to provide Financial Wellness Classes.

    Salt Lake City, UT - The Utah State Law Library and Salt Lake County Library Service have partnered with local experts to present a series of financial wellness programs. All classes begin at 7 p.m. and take place at various library locations throughout the Salt Lake valley. Following is a list of the classes with information on the instructor along with the date and location.

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    February 20, 2009

    Utah Appellate Court Nominating Commission Vacancies

    The Bar is seeking applications from lawyers to serve on the Utah Appellate Court Nominating Commission. The Commission nominates judges to fill vacancies on the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals. Two lawyers are appointed by the Governor from a list of six nominees provided by the Bar. Please submit resumes to John C. Baldwin, Executive Director, by e-mail at john.baldwin@utahbar.org , or by mail at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Please identify your political party or indicate if you are politically independent. Resumes must be received by Monday, March 2nd, 2009.

    February 19, 2009

    Utah Bar Partner Blomquist Hale Sponsors Wellness Workshop

    To members of the Utah State Bar,

    As your Employee, Life or Lawyer Assistance program we have received a number of requests to help improve the wellbeing of employees. We have a new wellness workshop that has been receiving a lot of interest. Did you know that 60% of people abandon their new year’s resolutions only after 6 weeks. And 80% can’t even recall what their new year’s resolution was after 6 months. The Powerful Mind. Powerful Nutrition workshop focuses on knowledge and nutrition to create individual change—ultimately improving the wellbeing of your employees.

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    February 18, 2009

    2009 Utah Mock Trial Competition

    Dear Fellow Members of the Utah Bar:

    The Utah Mock Trial Competition is back for 2009 and we are seeking both attorney and community volunteer judges to judge mock trials! If you have participated in this event in the past, you will remember what a fun and rewarding experience it can be, and if you have never
    participated, please consider volunteering on a judging panel--you will be glad you volunteered!

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    January 29, 2009

    Utah State Courts Expands Self-Help Center Services

    Center Now Assisting Self-Help Parties in Seventh Judicial District

    Salt Lake City, Utah— The Utah State Courts has expanded the Self-Help Center services to the Seventh Judicial District. The Self-Help Center assists individuals who are representing themselves in court to better understand court processes. The Self-Help Center program was launched in December 2007 in the Second and Eighth Judicial Districts as part of a pilot project.

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    January 23, 2009

    Chief Justice Durham to Present State of the Judiciary Address

    WHAT: 2009 State of the Judiciary Address.
    WHO: The Honorable Christine M. Durham, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will address the House and Senate in a joint session.
    WHEN: Monday, January 26 at 2:15 p.m.
    WHERE: Utah State Capitol, House of Representatives.

    SPEECH: Copies of Chief Justice Durham’s speech will be distributed to reporters at the Capitol prior to the address. An electronic copy will be available at http://www.utcourts.gov/media/news/ following the address.

    January 20, 2009

    Taylorsville Justice Court celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Drug Court Program

    A Decade of Healing

    Taylorsville Justice Court celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of Drug Court Program

    Taylorsville, UT, January 20, 2009: Taylorsville Municipal Justice Court will celebrate 10 years of serving the community through its DUI/Drug Court Program on January 29, 2009. A graduation ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Holladay City Hall, 4580 South 2300 East. The cities of Holladay and Taylorsville have hosted joint graduation ceremonies for the past eight years to save costs. Past participants from the past 10 years have been invited to speak about their lives since graduation. Chief Justice Christine M. Durham will make opening remarks at the graduation and Governor Jon M. Huntsman has been invited to make the keynote address. Holladay Justice Court Judge Daniel B. Gibbons will host the ceremony.

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    January 13, 2009

    State Law Library Offers Classes to Assist Self-Represented Parties

    Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah State Law Library is now offering monthly classes for self-represented parties on how to access court resources. The classes will begin in February and are scheduled from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 9 and Feb. 27 at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 450 South State.

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    January 7, 2009

    Nominations for the 2009 Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year Award

    WLU seeks nominations for the 2009 Christine M. Durham Woman Lawyer of the Year. This award recognizes an outstanding woman lawyer who exemplifies professionalism, excellence and a dedication to furthering opportunities for women in the law. The 2009 award will be presented by Chief Justice Durham at WLU’s annual Fireside event in the spring.

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    December 22, 2008

    Court of Appeals Judicial Vacancy to Remain Open

    Salt Lake City, Utah—Recruiting efforts to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals bench have been put on hold due to budget constraints, according to Utah State Court Administrator Daniel J. Becker. The vacancy will occur when Judge Judith Billings retires Dec. 31, 2008.

    “We have asked Governor Huntsman to suspend filling the position and he has agreed to do so,” Becker said. “We appreciate the Governor understanding the necessity of this action,” Becker continued. Holding future judicial vacancies open is one step the Utah Judicial Council has deemed necessary in light of the current budget situation, however, this action will not affect judicial vacancies prior to 2009. The Court of Appeals position is the only current judicial vacancy that will go unfilled. The Judicial Council, which is chaired by Chief Justice Christine M. Durham, is the governing body of the Utah State Courts.

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    December 15, 2008

    Nominees Announced for Second District Court Vacancy

    Ogden, UT--The Second District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a vacancy in the Second District Court. The position will replace Judge Parley Baldwin who has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2008. The Second Judicial District is comprised of Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.

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    December 11, 2008

    Judges to Hear Grand Jury Testimony

    Moab, UT---A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Jan. 15, 2009 to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the Grand County Courthouse, 124 East Center St., Moab.

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    November 25, 2008

    Court of Appeals Judicial Vacancy

    Salt Lake City, Utah—Applications are now being accepted for a vacancy on the Utah Court of Appeals bench. The position will replace Judge Judith Billings who is retiring effective Dec. 31, 2008.

    To be considered for the position, candidates must be at least 30 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of Utah for at least five years, and admitted to practice law in Utah.

    Information on benefits, judicial retention, and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Courts’ Web site at www.utcourts.gov under employment opportunities. Application packets are available by contacting Margo Bird at (801) 578-3800 or through e-mail at margob@email.utcourts.gov.

    Applications should be returned to the attention of Margo Bird, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-0241, or faxed to (801) 238-7814. Applications must be received by Dec. 29, 2008 at 5:00 p.m.

    Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit seven nominees to the Governor within 45 days of its first meeting. The Governor has 30 days in which to make a selection. The Utah State Senate has 60 days in which to approve or reject the Governor’s selection.

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    "Utah's courts are committed to open, fair, and independent justice."

    November 12, 2008

    Senate Scheduled to Vote on Judge Hilder's Confirmation to Utah Court of Appeals

    Third District Court Judge Robert Hilder was approved Wednesday, November 12th by a 3-2 vote of the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee for a confirmation vote of the Utah Senate on his nomination to the Utah Court of Appeals. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the confirmation November 19th.

    October 29, 2008

    Nominees Announced for Second District Court Vacancy

    Ogden, UT--The Second District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a vacancy in the Second District Court. The position will replace Judge Roger Dutson who has announced his retirement effective Dec. 31, 2008. The Second Judicial District is comprised of Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.

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    October 22, 2008

    Chief Justice Christine Durham receives 2008 Transparent Courthouse™ Award from National Civil Justice Reform Organization

    DENVER, COLO. - On October 22, Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Christine M. Durham will be honored with the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System’s (IAALS) 2008 Transparent Courthouse™ Award.

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    Nominees Announced for Second District Juvenile Court Vacancy

    Ogden, UT--The Second District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for a vacancy in the Second District Juvenile Court. The position will replace Judge Diane Wilkins who has announced her retirement effective Nov. 16, 2008. The Second Judicial District is comprised of Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.

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    October 20, 2008

    Utah State Bar Mentoring Program

    New Lawyer Training Program Summary

    The Utah Supreme Court has approved a New Lawyer Training Program ("NLTP"). This program requires that all new lawyers coming out of law school and passing the Bar Exam and all newer lawyers who have practiced for less than two years and have moved to Utah to practice law must now be matched with an approved volunteer lawyer/mentor to participate one-on-one in a set of required activities and experiences over the first year of their practice in Utah. Mentors will be approved by the Supreme Court's Advisory Committee on Professionalism and must have at least seven years of practice, no Bar discipline and if they are in private practice they must have malpractice insurance.

    The Bar is administering this program for the Court and is calling upon the best and the brightest in the profession to volunteer and help show new lawyers the way to success, competence and professionalism. Mentors will receive 12 hours of CLE credit per year for their participation.

    The goals of the program are to train new lawyers during their first year of practice in professionalism, ethics, and civility; to assist new lawyers in acquiring the practical skills and judgment necessary to practice in a highly competent manner; and to provide a means for all Utah attorneys to learn the importance of organizational mentoring, including the building of developmental networks and long-term, multiple mentoring relationships.

    How the NLTP Works

  • Students graduate and newer lawyers move to Utah to practice, pass the Bar Exam enroll in the Program. (Or they request a deferral if they will not be practicing or will be clerking for a judge or a waiver if they have practiced more than two years.)
  • New lawyers will need to be matched with a new lawyer inside or outside their firms or organizations or by the Bar or they be will assigned to a group for "circle" mentoring seminars if a mentor cannot be located nearby. If a requested mentor has not yet been approved, he or she must submit a volunteer form and be approved.
  • New lawyers will submit a proposed Mentoring Plan. The plan may follow the suggested Model Plan or have similar activities and exercises for approval.
  • New lawyers will submit quarterly reports on their progress.
  • New lawyers will complete their plan with their mentor over a one-year period and confirm completion to be certified by the Bar for re-licensure. (Those admitted to the Bar in February and May Bar will begin the program in June. Those admitted to the Bar in October will begin the program in January.)
  • History of New Lawyer Training

    There have historically been concerns with: (1) the difficulties new lawyers face when leaving the academic environment of law school and entering the practical demands of law practice; (2) increasing perceptions of an erosion of professionalism and civility as the bar has grown over the years and lawyers have become less familiar with one another and; (3) increasing numbers of younger lawyers leaving the profession due to growing dissatisfaction with their environment and law practice and balancing the demands of life.

    These issues had been dealt with previously through specific New Lawyer Continuing Legal Education seminars; the Utah Standards on Professionalism and Civility, required professionalism CLE, and the Court's committee on professionalism. After the presentation of a paper to the Utah Supreme Court, comparing legal education in the United Kingdom and the United States, written by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, 10th Circuit Judge Deanell Tacha and Alan Sullivan, Chief Justice Durham asked the Bar to study the benefits and possibility of establishing a mentoring program. The Bar Commission appointed a committee chaired by Rod Snow and Margaret Plane which studied other current approaches to mentoring, particularly a mandatory mentoring program in Georgia; a volunteer program in Ohio and a 6 month preceptorship program in Delaware.

    The Committee and the Bar Commission concluded that a mentoring program would be a very beneficial way to help resolve historic issues with the transition into the practice of law and to promote appropriate goals, and that the program should incorporate specific sets of activities and experiences for the new lawyer under the tutelage of an approved mentor for one year of the two year NLCLE requirements.

    More Information and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  • The cost to the new lawyer is $150 at enrollment and $150 at certification.

  • The Bar needs over 500 volunteer mentors each year.

  • We suggest the mentor and new lawyer spend two hours per month together.

  • Mentors will receive 12 of CLE credit per year for their participation.

  • Mentoring activities/time may be split among mentors and CLE pro rated.

  • Mentoring relationships are consensual and will be changed upon request.

  • "Circle" (or Group) Mentoring will be available as needed.

  • Mentors will need to attend an orientation session or view the orientation video.

  • "Outside" mentoring is not designed to create any business relationships. New lawyers and mentors are not to co-counsel together on cases or engage in specific work together for clients. Outside mentors will not render professional advice for the new lawyer's clients. All discussions must be limited to hypothetical situations. Cases are not to be referred.

  • Some law school activities may qualify upon approval for limited credit.

  • The program discourages inside mentoring by lawyers directly supervising new lawyers.

  • A Mentor Training and Resource Committee will be available to assist mentors.
  • The Orientation Manual, Model Mentoring Plan, Mentoring Timeline, Initial Meeting Guide and the Supreme Court Rules establishing the program are available at www.utahbar.org/nltp/. For more information contact NLTP Administrator at mentoring@utahbar.org or 801-297-7026.

    October 10, 2008

    Eighth District Court Implements Schedule Changes

    Vernal, UT—The Eighth District Court is implementing a change in court hours to better serve residents in Duchesne, Roosevelt, and Vernal. The Eighth Judicial District includes Daggett, Duchesne, and Uintah counties.

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    October 6, 2008

    Utah State Courts Appoints ADR/Mediation Director

    Salt Lake City, UT—Nini Rich has been appointed as the new director of the Utah State Court’s alternative dispute resolution programs. In this position, Rich will oversee the court’s mediation and dispute resolution programs as well as a staff of 10.

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    September 22, 2008

    Judge David Marx Receives 2008 Quality of Justice Award

    Salt Lake City, UT---Justice Court Judge David Marx has received the Quality of Justice Award from the Utah State Courts for performance of judicial responsibilities with outstanding dedication to the highest quality of justice. Judge Marx serves two Cache County justice courts—North Logan and Hyde Park.

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    Juvenile Court Reports to the Community

    Salt Lake City, Utah— When it comes to delinquency cases, Utah’s juvenile courts work to further community safety by helping juvenile offenders stop criminal behavior. At the same time, the courts work to provide justice to victims.

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    September 8, 2008

    Ogden Courthouse Clerk's Office and Entrance to Undergo Construction

    Ogden, Utah—Construction has begun in the first floor clerk’s office of the Ogden Courthouse, which is located at 2525 Grant Ave. Construction on the building entrance will begin at a later date and will result in security enhancements to the courthouse entrances.

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    September 3, 2008

    Justice Court Records Added to Database Program

    Forty Justice Courts Added to XChange

    Salt Lake City, UT--The Administrative Office of the Courts has announced the addition of 40 justice courts to the state court’s XChange service. XChange is a database of court case information that is available publicly for a monthly fee.

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    Presiding Judge Named in Fifth Judicial District

    St. George, UT---Judge Eric A. Ludlow has been named presiding judge for the Fifth District Court effective through June 30, 2010. Judge Ludlow replaces Judge Michael G. Westfall. Judge John Walton has been named associate presiding judge in the district.

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    Presiding Judges Named in Second Judicial District

    Ogden, UT---Judge Parley R. Baldwin has been named presiding judge for the Second District Court effective through June 30, 2010. Judge Baldwin replaces Judge Glen R. Dawson. Judge Thomas L. Kay has been named associate presiding judge in the district court.

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    August 27, 2008

    New Spanish Fork Courthouse

    NEW SPANISH FORK COURTHOUSE SET TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 2
    Former Spanish Fork District Court Location to close August 29

    Spanish Fork, Utah—A new Spanish Fork Courthouse is scheduled to open at 775 West Center Street on Sept. 2, 2008. The Spanish Fork District Courthouse—currently located at 40 South Main—will close for business on August 29, 2008.

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    Draper Site Prison Legal Access Hours

    The Draper Site Prison legal access hours have changed. This came into effect on August 4, 2008. The new hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    August 18, 2008

    Celebrate Pro Bono

    The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is excited to announce plans for the first annual National Pro Bono Celebration. Scheduled for October 25 through 31, 2009, the National Pro Bono Celebration is designed to be a coordinated national effort to showcase the incredible difference that pro bono lawyers make to our nation, to our system of justice, to our communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.

    For more information visit www.celebrateprobono.org

    June 26, 2008

    Utah State Courts to Remain Open on Fridays

    Salt Lake City, UT---The Administrative Office of the Courts has announced that the Utah State Courts will remain open on Fridays for business. The Utah State Court system includes juvenile courts, district courts, and appellate courts, including the Utah Court of Appeals and the Utah Supreme Court. Justice courts throughout the state, which are administered by cities and counties, will also remain open on Friday.

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    June 4, 2008

    Self-Help Center to Continue Offering Services

    SELF-HELP CENTER TO CONTINUE OFFERING SERVICES
    Pilot Project to Continue through June 30, 2009

    Salt Lake City, Utah— The Utah State Courts’ Self-Help Center pilot project has received additional funding that will allow the program to continue through June 30, 2009. The pilot project—which is underway in the second and eighth judicial districts—assists individuals who are representing themselves in court to better understand court processes. The project was initially scheduled to run through June 20, 2008.

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    April 4, 2008

    Utah Attorneys Receive Award for Promoting Access to Government

    SUNSHINE AWARDS - The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognized the achievements of individuals who have helped promote access to government.

    Among those selected for awards were Attorney General Mark Shurtleff; and lawyers Jeff Hunt, Michael O’Brien and David Reymann who worked together to secure approval by the Utah Supreme Court of a Shield Rule for reporters—a first for the state—that protects reporters from being compelled to divulge confidential sources.

    More information is provided at: http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/PrRel/prmarch192008.htm

    February 25, 2008

    JURY DUTY SCAM PERSISTS

    Utah State Courts Advise Residents Not to Give Out Personal Identifying Information

    Salt Lake City, Utah— The Utah State Courts is advising residents not to be fooled by a jury duty scam that continues to persist throughout the nation.

    The scam involves an individual who claims to be a court employee calling a member of the public alleging they failed to report for jury service and indicating a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller requests personal identifying information—such as birthday, social security number, and sometimes credit card numbers—from the individual in order to cancel the arrest warrant.

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    January 17, 2008

    UTAH STATE COURTS LAUNCH SELF-HELP CENTER

    Center Serves Second and Eighth Districts as Part of a Pilot Project

    Salt Lake City, Utah— The Utah State Courts has launched a Self-Help Center in the second and eighth judicial districts to assist individuals who are representing themselves in court to better understand court processes. The Self-Help Center is part of a pilot project the court is conducting through June 30, 2008.

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    December 7, 2007

    Utah Supreme Court Announces Appointment to Judicial Conduct Commission

    December 7, 2007
    Contact: Nancy Volmer
    (801) 578-3994
    Cell: (801) 712-4545

    Salt Lake City, UT---The Utah Supreme Court has appointed Judge Royal I. Hansen to serve on the Judicial Conduct Commission, filling the balance of the term of Judge Darwin C. Hansen, who is retiring from the bench December 31, 2007. Judge Darwin Hansen’s term on the Commission expires June 30, 2008. At that time, the Utah Supreme Court will consider reappointing Judge Royal Hansen for a four-year term.

    Under Utah law, the Utah Supreme Court is required to appoint two judges and two attorneys to the Judicial Conduct Commission. One of the judges must be a member of the Utah Court of Appeals, and the other a judge from the district or juvenile court bench. The attorneys must be members in good standing with the Utah State Bar and cannot reside in the same judicial district.

    Judge Royal I. Hansen was appointed to the Third District Court in July 2003 by Gov. Michael O. Leavitt. He serves Salt Lake, Summit, and Tooele counties. Judge Hansen received a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law in 1975. He was a law clerk for Judge Frank Q. Nebeker of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals from 1975 to 1976. Judge Hansen practiced with the law firm of Moyle & Draper from 1976 to 2003. He was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Utah. Judge Hansen currently serves as a member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Professionalism, and as chair of the Judicial Council’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. He is the presiding judge of the South Valley Felony Drug Court. Judge Hansen is a member of the A. Aldon J. Anderson Inn of Court.

    The JCC was constitutionally established in 1984. By statute, the Utah Constitution authorizes the Legislature to establish the composition and procedures of the JCC. The JCC is empowered to investigate and conduct confidential hearings regarding complaints against state, county, and municipal judges throughout the state.

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    November 27, 2007

    Utah Judicial Council Votes to Approve Justice Court Study Committee Proposal

    Salt Lake City, Utah—The Utah Judicial Council voted today to recommend legislation that would create a more independent Justice Court system. At today’s Council meeting, Utah Supreme Court Justice Ronald E. Nehring presented the final report by the Justice Court Study Committee, which included the following recommendations:

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    September 4, 2007

    Utah Supreme Court Justice Named William H. Rehnquist Award Recipient

    Williamsburg, VA (Sept. 4, 2007) – Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court Christine M. Durham has been named recipient of the 2007 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence by the National Center for State Courts. One of the most prestigious judicial honors in the country, the Rehnquist Award is presented annually to a state court judge who exemplifies the highest level of judicial excellence, integrity, fairness, and professional ethics. Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts will present the award to Chief Justice Durham at a ceremony Nov. 15 in Washington, D.C.

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    August 13, 2007

    SCOTT M. MATHESON COURTHOUSE GOES WIRELESS

    Court Adds Wireless Access to Courtrooms and Public Areas

    Salt Lake City, UT---Salt Lake’s Scott M. Matheson Courthouse has added wireless Internet access to the courtrooms and other public areas as of August 13, 2007.

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    July 12, 2007

    PRESIDING JUDGES NAMED IN THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT

    Salt Lake City, UT---Judge Robert Hilder has been named presiding judge for the Third District Court effective July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2009. Judge Hilder replaces Judge Sandra Peuler. Judge Paul Maughan has been named associate presiding judge in the district court.

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    June 7, 2007

    UTAH STATE COURT JUDGES RECEIVE SCHOLARSHIPS

    Salt Lake City, Utah—Third District Court Judge Denise P. Lindberg and Fourth District Court Judge Claudia Laycock recently attended a workshop titled “No Reversals—Correct Rulings: Evidence in Action,” April 22 through 26 in Carmel, Calif. The judges’ attendance was supported by a $1,500 scholarship each awarded by the State Justice Institute (SJI).

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    May 15, 2007

    LIMITED LEGAL HELP AVAILABLE

    Washington County First to Create List

    St. George, UT—Individuals who cannot afford to hire an attorney—commonly known as self-represented litigants—can now more easily access legal help thanks to efforts by the Utah State Courts, the Utah State Bar, and the Southern Utah Bar Association.

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    January 29, 2007

    COURT OF APPEALS MARKS TWENTY YEARS

    Four of original seven judges remain on the bench

    Salt Lake City, UT---The Utah Court of Appeals will mark 20 years of operation on February 3, 2007. The Court of Appeals was created to reduce appellate delay. In 1987, when the Court of Appeals began hearing cases, the Utah Supreme Court had a backlog of about 1,000 cases. About 500 of these cases were transferred to the Court of Appeals for disposition.

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    December 14, 2006

    The Utah State Bar Announces a New Member Status for House Counsel

    December 1, 2006 – There are potentially dozens of Utah businesses whose company attorney may be practicing law without a valid Utah license. “Some attorneys have moved here with their companies, others were recruited from out of state,” says Utah State Bar Deputy General Counsel for Admissions, Joni Dickson Seko. “The problem is, if they are caught practicing law in Utah without a license, they can face some stiff disciplinary action.”

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    December 4, 2006

    PRESIDING JUDGES NAMED IN SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT

    PRESIDING JUDGES NAMED IN SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT

    Ogden, UT---Judge Glen Dawson has been named presiding judge for the Second District Court effective July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2008. Judge Dawson replaces Judge Brent West. Judge Parley Baldwin has been named associate presiding judge.

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    October 5, 2006

    MCLE News

    Illinois has recently instituted a Minimum CLE requirement. Lawyers licensed in Illinois can find out more about the rules and regulations for these new requirements at: http://www.mcleboard.org/. Groups looking to provide accredited CLE programming for Illinois lawyers can also find out about the new approval process at that site.

    September 28, 2006

    Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

    The Supreme Court invites comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires November 17, 2006.

    Summary of proposed amendments

    Rules of Civil Procedure
    URCP 005. Service and filing of pleadings and other papers. Amend. Describes when the attorney and party must be served if the attorney has entered a limited appearance.
    URCP 017. Parties plaintiff and defendant. Amend. Limits the requirement that a minor appear by a guardian or guardian ad litem to an unemancipated minor.
    URCP 074. Withdrawal of counsel. Amend. Establishes the procedures for withdrawing from a limited appearance.
    URCP 075. Limited appearance. New. Establishes the procedures for entering a limited appearance when a client, under the rules permitting unbundling legal services, hires an attorney for a limited purpose.

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    August 28, 2006

    PRESIDING JUDGE NAMED IN FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT

    Logan, UT---Judge Thomas L. Willmore has been named presiding judge for the First District Court effective July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2008. Judge Willmore replaces Judge Ben Hadfield. Judge Larry Jones will continue as presiding judge in the First District Juvenile Court.

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    PRESIDING JUDGES NAMED IN FIFTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

    St. George, UT---Judge Michael Westfall has been named presiding judge for the Fifth District Court effective July 1, 2006 through June 30, 2008. Judge Westfall replaces Judge James Shumate. Judge Eric A. Ludlow has been named associate presiding judge.

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    July 17, 2006

    Model Utah Jury Instructions

    A special Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee has now largely revised and issued these civil jury instructions. These mostly replace what LexisNexis has been selling. They are not 100% complete yet (and that will take several more years) but they are free and now available on the court’s website – www.utcourts.gov/resources/muji.

    May 5, 2006

    V. Lowry Snow Wins President-elect Election

    V. Lowry Snow Wins President-elect Election

    The Utah State Bar is pleased to announce the election of V. Lowry Snow to the position of President-elect. Mr. Snow will be sworn in as President-elect in July at the upcoming Annual Convention in Newport Beach, CA and then assume the office of President at the 2007 Annual Convention. Mr. Snow is a founding partner of the law firm of Snow Jensen & Reece in St. George, Utah. In addition to serving as the Bar Commissioner for the 5th Division for the past six years, he serves as a member of both the Utah Supreme Court Standing Committee on Resources for Self-Represented Parties and the Court's Advisory Committee on Professionalism. Mr. Snow previously served as President of the Southern Utah Bar Association. Congratulations to Mr. Snow!

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