Aurora Justice Court Judge to Retire

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Contact:
Nancy Volmer
May 22, 2015
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

AURORA JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Aurora, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Aurora City. The position will replace Judge Les Scott who will retire Dec. 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 $3,821 to $4,800. For additional information, contact Clint Johnson at (435) 529-7643 or cjohnson@auroracity.org.
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Court Surveying Begins in Salt Lake May 27

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May 21, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545
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 again being conducted to measure the public’s experience and expectations of the courts.

“The court will use the data to ensure the courts are accessible and that individuals are being treated fairly by the court,” said Utah State Court Administrator Dan Becker. “Feedback from the public about the court’s performance will help us to provide better service.”
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Meeting Set to Select Fillmore Justice Court Judicial Candidates

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May 11, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Fillmore, UT—The Millard County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on May 19, 2015, to select a candidate for the Fillmore Justice Court to replace Judge Stanley Robison who retired March 31, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 10 a.m. at the Fillmore City Office, 75 West Center St.

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 a.m. to 10:30 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.
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Wasatch County Justice Court Judge Position Announced

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May 1, 2015

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

WASATCH COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED 

Heber, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Wasatch County. The position will replace Judge Orson Lane McCotter who will retire July 29, 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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Meeting Set to Select Clinton Justice Court Judge Nominees

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April 23, 2015

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

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Clinton, UT—The Davis County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on May 18, 2015, to select a candidate for the Clinton City Justice Court to replace Judge John L. Sandberg who will retire June 30, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 9 a.m. at the Clinton City Offices, 2267 North 1500 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 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for the vacancy.
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Law Day Panel to Address Why The Magna Carta Matters Today

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April 20, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994

Cell: (801) 712-4545

LAW DAY PANEL TO ADDRESS WHY THE MAGNA CARTA MATTERS TODAY

WHAT:
Each year the Utah State Courts plans a panel discussion in conjunction with The Hinckley Institute of Politics to recognize Law Day on May 1. This year’s Law Day theme is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law. The panel will address what makes an 800-year old document still relevant today. Each panelist will address a principle from the Magna Carta, including due process, the right to a trial by jury, the right to a speedy trial and the right to travel.

WHO:
Judge James Blanch, 3rd District Court
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Grand Jury Panel to Meet in Randolph

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April 13, 2015

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

JUDGES TO DETERMINE NEED FOR GRAND JURY

Randolph, UT—A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on May 14, 2015, to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place at the Rich County Courthouse, 20 South Main, Randolph.

Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by May 6, 2015, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by May 6, 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.
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Court Offers Free Class in Spanish on Small Claims Cases

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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

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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

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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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