Court Offers Free Class in Spanish on Small Claims Cases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    

April 13, 2015

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

COURT SELF-HELP CENTER OFFERS FREE CLASSES IN SPANISH
April Class to Focus on How to Create Court Paperwork for Small Claims

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 these individuals.

The April 21 class will focus on how to create paperwork for small claims cases using the Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP). The class will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Valley Public Library, 2880 West 3650 South.
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Divorce Education for Children Spring Classes Scheduled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 10, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994

Cell: (801) 712-4545

SPRING CLASS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT—Nearly 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including more than 4,000 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 Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Following are the dates for upcoming classes: April 13 and 25, May 4 and 16, and June 8 and 27.

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 suzyl@utcourts.gov. There is no charge to attend the class.
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Justice Court Awards Presented

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 7, 2015

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

JUSTICE COURT BOARD PRESENTS AWARDS

St. George, UT—Two judges and the Provo City Justice Court were recognized on April 2, 2015, for their service to Utah’s justice courts during the Annual Conference of the Justice Court Judges in St. George, Utah.

Judge John Sandberg was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Judge Sandberg was appointed to the Clinton Justice Court in 1988 and to the Clearfield Justice Court in 1994. Judge Sandberg has served as president of the Utah Justice Court Judges Association and chairman of the Justice Court Board of Judges. He has also served on the Utah Judicial Council, Utah Judicial Ethics Task Force and Utah Standing Committee on Judicial Education.
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Clinton Justice Court Judge Position Announced

Clinton, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Clinton. The position will replace Judge John L. Sandberg who will retire June 30, 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.

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 position is $27,513 to $35,777. Benefits for the position may be provided. For additional information, contact Shannon Mullins at (801) 614-0770 or smullins@clintoncity.com.
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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Utah Judicial Council invites comments to the following proposed amendments to court rules. The comment period expires May 19, 2015.

Summary of proposed amendments

CJA 01-0205. Standing and ad hoc committees. Amend. Eliminates the Justice Court Standards Committee. Provides that the Judicial Council’s Management Committee shall review standing and ad hoc committees every six years and make a recommendation to the Judicial Council as to whether the committee should continue. Allows the committees to meet as needed.
CJA 03-0109. Ethics Advisory Committee. Amend. Gives the committee 60 days to issue an opinion. Allows the committee chair to extend the time for deliberations on an opinion when necessary. Allows the boards of judges to request reconsideration of an opinion.
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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Utah Supreme Court invites comments to the following proposed amendments to court rules. The comment period expires May 19, 2015.

Summary of proposed amendments 

URAP 038A. Withdrawal of counsel. Amend. Requires that appointed appellate counsel represent a client through the first appeal as of right.

How to view redline text of the proposed amendments

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

How to submit comments

You can comment and view the comments of others by clicking on the “comments” link associated with each body of rules. It is most efficient if you submit comments through the website. After clicking on the comment link, you will be prompted for your name, which we request, and your email address which need not be your real address. The comment website is public. Although all comments will be considered, they will not be acknowledged with a response.
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Justice Court Judge Opening Announced in Fillmore

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March 19, 2015

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

FILLMORE JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED 

Fillmore, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Fillmore. The position will replace Judge Stanley Robison who will retire March 31, 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.

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 position is $10,000 to $11,000, with or without benefits. For additional information, contact Marlene Cummings at (435) 743-5233.
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Utah Supreme Court’s Newest Justice to take Oath of Office

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March 16, 2015

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

JUSTICE DENO HIMONAS TO TAKE OATH OF OFFICE

WHAT:      Investiture Ceremony for Constandinos G. Himonas as a justice to the Utah Supreme Court

WHO:        The Honorable Matthew B. Durrant, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will administer the oath of office. Presenters include Governor Gary Herbert, Court of Appeals Judge John Pearce and Alexandra and Katherine Himonas.

WHEN:      Wednesday, March 18 at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Utah Supreme Courtroom, Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 5th floor.

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Notice of Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The following court rule has been amended. The amendments are effective March 12, 2015

Summary of Approved Amendments  

URCP 062. Stay of proceedings to enforce a judgment. Amend. Removes the special bond requirements for municipalities with an adverse judgment of $5,000,000 or more. See HJR 20.

How to View Redline Text of the Amendments

To see approved rule amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/. Then click on the rule number.

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 

CJA 11-0301. Utah Standards of Judicial Professionalism and Civility. New. Establishes standards of professionalism and civility for Utah judges.

How to View Redline Text of the Amendments

To see approved rule amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/. Then click on the rule number.

Free Class on Creating Paperwork for Minor Guardianships

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

March 12, 2015

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

SELF-HELP CENTER OFFERS FREE CLASSES
March: How to Create Paperwork for Minor Guardianships

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 March 17 class will focus on how to create paperwork for minor guardianships 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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Judge McIff Named to Piute County Justice Court

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March 10, 2015

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

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL PIUTE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Junction, UT—The Piute County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Judge Mark Kay McIff to fill a vacancy on the Piute County Justice Court. Judge McIff will replace Judge Thomas Lee Robertson who retired Jan. 15, 2015.

Judge Mark McIff was appointed to the Sevier County Justice Court in May 2014. He graduated from Southern Utah University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and in 1998 from Gonzaga University with a Juris Doctorate Degree. Judge McIff currently practices law in south central Utah. Prior to this, he served as Piute County Attorney, Wayne County Attorney, Deputy Sevier County Attorney and Deputy Garfield County Attorney. He has also served as prosecutor for several cities, including chief criminal prosecutor for the Wasatch County Attorney’s Office in Heber.
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Ethics Advisory Opinion 15-03

Utah State Bar

Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee

Opinion Number 15-03

Issued February 10, 2015

 

ISSUE

1.         Does an attorney breach a duty of confidentiality to a “client” by sending information about the client’s actions and their contact information to law enforcement if they appear to be using the attorney/client relationship to commit a money fraud upon the attorney which could cause substantial injury to the attorney’s financial interests?

FACTS

2.        The query before the Committee relates to the issue that individuals have sought to retain a law firm via the Internet allegedly to collect a large debt from a party in Utah.  The alleged debtor sends the law firm payment which is supposed to be forwarded to the client.  The scam is that the checks are counterfeit and the attorney is asked to wire the funds immediately before the checks have cleared. When the “client” is informed that the funds will not be wired until the check clears, the client disappears.  The issue is whether the attorney can report this conduct to law enforcement.
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Ethics Advisory Opinion 15-02

Utah State Bar

Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee

Opinion Number 15-02

Issued February 10, 2015

 

PROPRIETY OF EX PARTE CONTACT WITH INDIVIDUALS WITHIN AN ORGANIZATION

ISSUE

1.  May an attorney representing a party in pending or existing litigation contact servants, agents, and employees of an organization, which is the opposing party, to discuss issues directly related to the litigation, if the attorney is aware the organization is represented by counsel in the matter?  Is it ethical for an attorney to make contact directly with in-house or corporate counsel, even if the attorney is aware that the organization is represented by outside counsel in the matter?  Is it ethical for an attorney to send a copy of correspondence or email to an organization’s employee where the original is directed to opposing counsel?
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