Panguitch City Justice Court Judge Named

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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
(801) 578-3994
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

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December 8, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
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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

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Contact: Nancy Volmer
December 5, 2014                                                                                         (801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

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

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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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Ogden Justice Court Nominees Named

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Nov. 25, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR WEBER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for a vacancy at the Ogden City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Norman Ashton who will retire Jan. 7, 2015.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·Michael Sam Junk, Ogden, Harrisville and Riverdale City Prosecutor, Ogden

·Honorable Reuben Renstrom, South Ogden, South Weber, Harrisville, Riverdale and Woods Cross Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones, Kaysville

·Dee William Smith, Weber County Attorney, Ogden

A comment period will be held through Dec. 4, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by the Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell. The mayor has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Ogden 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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Meeting Set to Select Panguitch Justice Court Judge

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November 21, 2014

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

JUSTICE COURT SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Panguitch, UT—The Garfield County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Dec. 2, 2014, to select a candidate for the Panguitch City Justice Court to replace Judge Martin Nay who resigned effective Oct. 1, 2014. The commission will begin meeting at 6:00 p.m. at the Panguitch City Council Chambers, 25 South 200 East.

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 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for the vacancy.
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Supreme Court Travels to BYU Law School

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November 4, 2014

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

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.)
10:00 a.m.-Mika Scott v. Universal Industrial Sales, Inc.; Intermountain
Employment Services Inc.; Utah County; Utah County Sheriff’s Office, case no. 20130257-SC
10:30 a.m.-Sergio Alejandro Meza v. State of Utah, case no. 20130962-SC
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Panguitch Justice Court Vacancy Announced

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Oct. 31, 2014

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

PANGUITCH JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Panguitch, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Panguitch. The position will replace Judge Martin Nay who resigned Oct. 1, 2014.

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 salary for the position is $6,000, without benefits. For additional information, contact Lori Talbot at (435) 676-8585.
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Meeting Set to Select Ogden City Justice Court Judge

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October 30, 2014

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

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED 

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 5, 2014, to select a candidate for the Ogden City Justice Court to replace Judge Norman Ashton who has announced his retirement effective Jan. 7, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 11 a.m. at the Ogden City Municipal Building, Room 310, 2549 Washington 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 11 a.m. to 11:30 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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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Utah Supreme Court and Utah Judicial Council invite comments to the following proposed amendments to court rules. The comment period expires December 16, 2014.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules of Juvenile Procedure

URJP 002. Applicability of Rules of Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure. Amend. Amends the rule to replace the term “permanent deprivation of parental rights” with “termination of parental rights.”
URJP 023A. Hearing on conditions of Section 78A-6-702; bind over to district court. Amend. Amends the rule to comport with statutory changes to 78A-6-702 enacted following the 2014 legislative general session. This rule is receiving a second comment period to correct the failure to strike a clause in paragraph (e) prior to sending the rule out for comment.
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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 November 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted.

Summary of approved amendments 

 CJA 01-0205. Standing and ad hoc committees. Amend. Makes the Committee on Model Utah Civil Jury Instructions and the Committee on Model Utah Criminal Jury Instructions standing committees of the Judicial Council. Outlines the membership makeup of each committee. Makes technical corrections. Effective October 27, 2014 under rule 2-205 of the Utah Code of Judicial Administration. Subject to change after the comment period.

CJA 04-0405. Juror and witness fees and expenses. Amend. Makes an attorney issuing the subpoena responsible for reimbursing a civil witness for necessary and reasonable parking expenses as required by statute.
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