NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL OGDEN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Ogden, UT— The Weber County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Michael Sam Junk to fill the Ogden City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Andrea W. Lockwood who will retire effective March 1, 2017.

Michael S. Junk graduated from Weber State University in 1984 with a Bachelors of Science degree majoring in Economics. Junk then earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah in 1987. After law school he worked for the Ogden, law firm of Campbell & Neeley. In 1989 he was hired by Ogden City as a prosecutor where he has worked for over 27 years. Junk has also prosecuted in Harrisville City and Riverdale City, and teaches at Weber State University as an adjunct professor in the Business Administration department.

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

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL OGDEN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Ogden, UT— The Weber County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Clay Willard Stucki to fill the Ogden City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Dee William Smith who will resign effective Jan. 2017.

Clay W. Stucki, of Ogden, Utah, received his Juris Doctorate degree from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 1991, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Order of the Coif. After law school, Stucki clerked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as a law clerk to Judge Charles E. Wiggins. Following his judicial clerkship, Stucki has been a practicing attorney in Utah for the past 25 years and has been a partner at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, Bennett Tueller Johnson & Deere, and most recently, Stucki & Rencher.

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

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL LEHI CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Lehi, UT— The Utah County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Morgan Laker Cummings to fill the Lehi City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Douglas Nielsen who resigned effective Sep. 23, 2016.

Cummings received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah in 2005. He graduated from Creighton University School of Law, cum laude, in 2009. Cummings began his legal career with a well-known Utah County firm, where he represented clients in civil litigation, business planning and funding, and prosecuted criminal cases for several municipalities. Cummings later worked for a prestigious health care company negotiating and drafting insurance contracts. Since 2013, he has been the Lehi City Prosecutor and Assistant City Attorney, where he prosecutes criminal cases, practices municipal defense, and advises various departments and commissions within the city.

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

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Rules of Civil Procedure

The Utah Supreme Court invites comments to the following proposed amendments to Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. The comment period expires February 17, 2017.

Utah Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP005 Service and filing of pleadings and other papers. Amend. Adopts the prisoner mailbox rule, which provides that pleadings and papers filed by an inmate confined in an institution are timely if they are deposited in the institution’s internal mail system on or before the last day for filing.

URCP045 Forms. Repeal. Since the task of creating and updating court forms will now reside with the newly formed Judicial Council Standing Committee on Forms under UCJA Rules 1-205 and 3-117, the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure will no longer create forms.

URCP084 Subpoena. Amend. In conformity with Rule 84’s repeal, makes a technical amendment to paragraph (A)(1)(E).

How to View Redline Text of the Proposed Amendment

To see proposed rule amendment 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 to submit comments through the website. After clicking on the comment link, you will be asked for your name, which is required, and your email address which need not be your real address. The comment website is public. Each comment must be approved by the site administrator before it will show on the public website.  Although all comments will be considered, they will not be acknowledged with a response.

Please submit comments directly through the website.  Should you have any questions, please contact the committee staff person.  The list of committees can be found at: https://www.utcourts.gov/committees/.

Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Code of Judicial Administration

The Utah Judicial Council invites comments to the following proposed amendments to Utah Code of Judicial Administration. The comment period expires February 17, 2017.

Utah Code of Judicial Administration

CJA01-205. Standing and ad hoc committees. Amend. Creates a new Judicial Council Standing Committee on Forms; provides committee composition. Expedited under Rule 2-205.

CJA02-212. Communication with the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel. Amend. Limits and changes the timing of the notice requirement to the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel of the Court’s draft rules.

CJA03-117. Committee on Court Forms. New. Establishes the charge for the new Judicial Council Standing Committee on Forms. Expedited under Rule 2-205.

CJA04-103. Civil calendar management. Amend. Pursuant to Cannon v. Holmes, 2016 UT 42 and Civil Rule 41, requires that all orders of dismissal entered under the rule must contain the language “without prejudice.”

CJA04-202.02. Records Classification. Amend. Makes dismissals in criminal cases private except in limited circumstances.

How to View Redline Text of the Proposed Amendments

To see proposed rule amendment 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 to submit comments through the website. After clicking on the comment link, you will be asked for your name, which is required, and your email address which need not be your real address. The comment website is public. Each comment must be approved by the site administrator before it will show on the public website.  Although all comments will be considered, they will not be acknowledged with a response.

Please submit comments directly through the website.  Should you have any questions, please contact the committee staff person.  The list of committees can be found at: https://www.utcourts.gov/committees/.

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL ROY CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Roy, UT— The Weber County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Trent Dee Nelson to fill the Roy City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge R. Scott Waterfall who retired effective Oct. 31, 2016.

Trent Dee Nelson currently serves as the Assistant City Attorney/Prosecutor for Roy City. He has previously worked as a sole practitioner in the areas of juvenile law, family law, and estate planning. Nelson is a trained domestic mediator, and has a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University in Economics, a law degree from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from Utah State University.

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

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL HIGHLAND/ALPINE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Highland, UT— The Utah County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Kelly Nicole Schaeffer-Bullock to fill the Highland/Alpine City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Douglas Nielsen who resigned effective Sep. 23, 2016.

Schaeffer-Bullock graduated from Brigham Young University-Hawaii Campus in 2001 with a B.A., and later earned her J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University in 2008. She has spent the majority of her legal career as a municipal prosecutor, though she gained civil experience when working for the law firm of Bugden & Isaacson, LLC. She also continues serve as a lecturer and researcher at BYU’s law school. Schaeffer-Bullock is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and devoted to the mission of that organization.

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

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR FOUNTAIN GREEN JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Fountain Green, UT—The Sanpete County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for the vacancy in the Fountain Green City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Ivo Peterson who resigned July 1, 2016.

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

  • Nathan Gregg Caplin, J.D., Assistant Professor at Snow College, resident of Manti
  • Leslie Ann Gallacher, J.D., Law Partner at Wood, Lindsay, Gallacher LLC, resident of Spanish Fork
  • Honorable Mark Kay McIff, J.D.,  Sevier County, Piute County and Fairview City Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Law, resident of Richfield

A comment period will be held through Dec. 27, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Mayor of Fountain Green City, Ronald Ivory, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Fountain Green 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, at melisses@utcourts.gov.

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR SPRING CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Spring City, UT—The Sanpete County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for the vacancy in the Spring City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Ivo Peterson who resigned July 1, 2016.

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

  • Nathan Gregg Caplin, J.D., Assistant Professor at Snow College, resident of Manti
  • Leslie Ann Gallacher, J.D., Law Partner at Wood, Lindsay, Gallacher LLC, resident of Spanish Fork
  • Honorable Mark Kay McIff, J.D.,  Sevier County, Piute County and Fairview City Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Law, resident of Richfield

A comment period will be held through Dec. 27, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Mayor of Spring City, Jack D. Monnett, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Spring 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, at melisses@utcourts.gov.

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR EAST CARBON CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

East Carbon City, UT—The Carbon County Nominating Commission has selected two nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the East Carbon City Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Linda Murdock who retired on Sep. 30, 2016.

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

  • Honorable Jon Randall Carpenter, J.D., Carbon County and Wellington City Justice Court Judge, resident of Price
  • Rachel Hamilton Walton, Associate Professor at Utah State University Eastern, resident of Price

A comment period will be held through Dec. 27, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Mayor of East Carbon City, Douglas Parsons, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the East Carbon 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, at melisses@utcourts.gov.

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL MORGAN COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Morgan, UT— The Morgan County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of the Honorable Brian Edward Brower to fill the Morgan County Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Tony Hassell who will retire effective Dec. 30, 2016.

Judge Brian E. Brower earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature with a minor in Criminal Justice from Weber State University. He then graduated from the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Upon graduation and passing the bar, he was hired as a Deputy County Attorney for the Weber County Attorney’s Office. He later served as both the Murray City Prosecutor as well as the Layton City Prosecutor before being appointed as Clearfield’s City Attorney in 2007. He served as City Attorney for eight years until being appointed as judge for the Clearfield Justice Court in August of 2015.

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Spring City, UT—The Sanpete County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Dec. 15, 2016, to select judicial candidates for the Fountain Green and Spring City Justice Court to replace Judge Ivo Peterson who retired effective July 1, 2016. The commission will begin the meeting at 9 a.m. in the Spring City Offices on 150 E Center Street, Spring City.

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 will be 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.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Price, UT—The Carbon County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Dec. 13, 2016, to select a candidate for the East Carbon Justice Court to replace Judge Linda Murdock who retired effective Sep. 30, 2016. The commission will begin the meeting at 2:30 p.m. in the Carbon County Administrative Offices on 751 E 100 N, Price.

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 will be accepted from 2:30 p.m. to 3 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 during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL SOUTH SALT LAKE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

South Salt Lake, UT— The Salt Lake County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Anna Lisa Rossi Anderson to fill the South Salt Lake City Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Catherine M. Johnson who will retire effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Anna Rossi Anderson received her undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of Illinois in the year 2000, and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2003. Anna began her legal career as a prosecutor at the Tazewell County State’s Attorney’s Office in central Illinois, during which time she also received an appointment as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Peoria, Illinois to assist in the prosecution of several federal cases that originated in her county. Anna moved to Joliet, Illinois in 2007 where she began work as a felony prosecutor with the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office. She prosecuted cases in that office for seven years before relocating to Utah in 2012, where she has since been employed as a prosecuting attorney in the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office.

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