State of the Judiciary Planned for January 26

MEDIA ADVISORY
January 21, 2015

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

CHIEF JUSTICE DURRANT TO PRESENT STATE OF THE JUDICIARY

WHAT:      2015 State of the Judiciary Address.

WHO:        The Honorable Matthew B. Durrant, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will address the Senate and the House separately.

WHEN:      Monday, January 26:     House of Representatives at 2:15 p.m.;
Senate approx. 2:45 p.m.

WHERE:   Utah State Capitol

COPIES:    Copies of Chief Justice Durrant’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.

Piute County Justice Court Vacancy Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 14, 2015
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PIUTE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Junction City, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Piute County. The position will replace Judge Thomas Robertson who will retire Jan. 16, 2015.

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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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Utah Judicial Council has approved amendments to the following court rules. The amendments are effective May 1, 2015, unless otherwise noted.

 Summary of Approved Amendments 

Code of Judicial Administration

CJA 03-0104. Presiding judges. Amend. Defines a final determination for purposes of a case under advisement.
CJA 03-0403. Judicial branch education. Amend. Requires new judges to attend the first orientation program held after they have taken the oath of office. Provides an exception if attendance is excused by the Management Committee based on good cause.
CJA 04-0403. Signature stamp use. Rename and amend. Provides that a clerk may use a judge’s or commissioner’s electronic signature when the clerk otherwise has permission under the rule to use the signature stamp.
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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Utah Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following court rules. The amendments are effective May 1, 2015, unless otherwise noted.

Summary of Approved Amendments 

Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP 026. General provisions governing disclosure and discovery. Amend. Refers the person requesting extraordinary discovery to rule 37.
URCP 030. Depositions upon oral questions. Amend. Deletes an incorrect reference to appellate transcripts of court hearings as the method for preparing a transcript of a deposition.
URCP 037. Discovery and disclosure motions; Sanctions. Amend. Replaces traditional discovery motions with the process of expedited statements of discovery issues currently found in Code of Judicial Administration Rule 4-502. If approved, the procedural provisions of Rule 4-502 will be deleted. Allows costs and attorney’s fees to be included as part of a statement of discovery issues, but requires a motion for sanctions.
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Self-Help Center Officers Free Class: Creating Divorce Papers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
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SELF-HELP CENTER OFFERS FREE CLASSES IN SPANISH
January: How to Create Divorce Papers

West Valley, UT—The Utah State Court’s Self-Help Center is offering a series of free classes to help the public learn how to navigate the court system. The classes are offered in Spanish and are geared towards people who are representing themselves in a civil court case or those assisting such individuals.

The January 20 class will focus on how to create paperwork for a divorce using the Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP). The class takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Valley Public Library, 2880 West 3650 South.
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Ogden City Justice Court Judge Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994

Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL OGDEN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Dee William Smith to the Ogden City Justice Court. Smith will replace Judge Norman Ashton who retires effective Jan. 7, 2015.

Smith graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1994. He then worked as a teacher for three years. In 2000, Smith received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah law school after which he began working as a prosecutor with the Weber County Attorney’s Office. In 2002, Smith started working in private practice and became a partner in the law firm of Allen, Richards, Pace and Smith. In 2009, Smith was appointed as the Weber County Attorney by the Weber County Commission.
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Panguitch City Justice Court Judge Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

December 18, 2014

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

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL PANGUITCH CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Panguitch, UT—The Garfield County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Timothy Byrne Smith to the Panguitch City Justice Court. Smith will replace Judge Martin Nay who retired Oct. 1, 2014.

Smith graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy in 1995. He has worked as a pharmacist from June 1995 to the present. In 2001, Smith earned a clinical certification as a Chronic Anticoagulation Care Provider (CACP). He is currently enrolled in Western Governors University’s Master of Business Administration program in Health Care Management. Smith has served as a member of the Panguitch City Council for nine years and as a member of the Coalition of Community Patchwork Mending for Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention for 10 years.
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Notice of Proposed Amendment to Utah Court Rules

The Utah Supreme Court invite comments to the following proposed amendment to court rules. The comment period expires February 2, 2015.

Summary of proposed amendments

URCP 056. Summary judgment. Amend. Moves the special requirements for motions for summary judgment from Rule 7 to Rule 56. Conforms more closely to FRCP 56, but retains the requirement under Utah law that the party with the burden of proof on an issue must meet its initial burden to present materials in the record establishing that no genuine issue of material fact exists and that the party with the burden of proof is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.
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Court Seeks Comment on Proposed Civility Rule for Judges

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Dec. 9, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
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Cell: (801) 712-4545

PROPOSED RULE ADDRESSES STANDARDS OF JUDICIAL PROFESSIONALISM AND CIVILITY

Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah Supreme Court has proposed a rule to establish standards of professionalism and civility of Utah’s judges.

A rule that governs the standards of professionalism and civility for Utah State Bar members—Rule 14-301—has been in place since November 2004. The proposed rule for the judiciary outlines a similar set of principles with 10 standards to guide judges. The standards address bias, fairness, impartiality, ex parte communications, language and timeliness, among other factors.

The Utah Supreme Court’s Committee on Professionalism and Civility, which is chaired by Justice Thomas R. Lee, drafted the rule. The motivation for creation of the standards for lawyers was concern over a general decline in respect, courtesy and civility among some lawyers. The committee suggested that since standards for professionalism and civility among lawyers are expected, the same should be expected of judges.
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Ronald Elton Appointed to Tooele Justice Court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 8, 2014
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NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL TOOELE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Grantsville, UT—Ronald Lynn Elton has been appointed to the Grantsville Justice Court by the Tooele County Nominating Commission. Elton will replace Judge Darold Butcher who resigned August 15, 2014.

Elton graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Utah in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He received a Juris Doctor degree in 1976 from the University of Utah Law School. From 1975 to 1995, Elton served in the Tooele County Attorney’s Office as a law clerk, deputy county attorney and county attorney. After this, he opened a private law practice and also served as a public defender in Tooele County. From 2007 to 2011, Elton served as Grantsville city attorney. He also served as Rush Valley and Vernon Town attorney from 2000 to 2014.
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Judges to Meet to Determine Need for Grand Jury

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Contact: Nancy Volmer
December 5, 2014                                                                                         (801) 578-3994
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JUDGES TO DETERMINE NEED FOR GRAND JURY

American Fork, UT—A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Jan. 8, 2015, to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place at the American Fork Courthouse, 75 East 80 North, in American Fork.
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Nominees Named for Garfield County Justice Court Vacancy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Dec. 4, 2014

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

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR GARFIELD COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Panguitch, UT—The Garfield County Nominating Commission has selected two nominees for a vacancy at the Panguitch Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Martin Nay who resigned effective Oct. 1, 2014.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·         Alan Carl Johnson, engineering draftsman, South Central Communications, Panguitch
·         Timothy Byrne Smith, director of pharmacy, Garfield Memorial Hospital, Panguitch

A comment period will be held through Dec. 12, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by the Panguitch Mayor Eric Houston. The mayor has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Panguitch City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, melisses@utcourts.gov.
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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Utah Judicial Council and the Utah Supreme Court invite comments to the following proposed amendments to court rules. The comment period expires January 16, 2015.

Summary of proposed amendments

Code of Judicial Administration

CJA 01-0205. Standing and ad hoc committees. Amend. Reauthorizes numerous Judicial Council standing committees. Adds a representative from the Self-Help Center to the Committee on Resources for Self-represented Parties.
CJA 11-0101. Creation and Composition of Advisory Committees. Amend. Provides for appointment of mid-term committee vacancies in the same manner as an end-of-term vacancy. Changes the circumstances for reappointment for more than two terms.
11-0301. Utah Standards of Judicial Professionalism and Civility. New. Establishes standards of professionalism and civility for Utah judges.
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