Op-ed: 800 years ago, Magna Carta was the start of rule by law

http://www.sltrib.com/opinion/2307294-155/op-ed-800-years-ago-magna-carta

By James D. Gilson

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Eight hundred years ago on June 15, 1215, King John and a group of rebellious barons met on a grassy meadow at Runnymede, England, to forge an accord to avert civil war. Although the agreement failed to prevent conflict, clauses in the document, eventually known as Magna Carta (the Great Charter), became the first significant step in a process of guaranteeing constitutional freedoms that continues today:

39. No free man will be arrested, or imprisoned, or disseised, or outlawed, or exiled, or in any other way ruined, nor will we go against him or send against him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.
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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
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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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Free Class on Creating Paperwork for Minor Guardianships

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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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e.Bulletin for March 2015

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES D. GILSON

 

In April, we will have an opportunity to vote for a new Bar President-elect and Third, Fourth, and Fifth Divisions Bar Commissioners.  Please visit election details for information on the candidates.  Here is the field of excellent candidates:

 

  • President-elect:  Robert Rice and Tom Seiler
  • Third Division Commissioner (two openings):  Kate Conyers, Janise Macanas, and Michelle Mumford
  • Fourth Division Commissioner (one opening):  Liisa Hancock and Tom Seiler
  • Fifth Division Commissioner (one opening):  Aaron Randall and Katie Woods

Also in April, the Magna Carta Traveling Exhibit will be touring Utah.  Local Bar associations are putting together some great events in St. George, Orem, Logan, and Ogden; click here for the exhibit schedule.  And for those on the Wasatch Front, please stop by after work on Friday, April 3, from 4 to 6:00 p.m. to see the exhibit and enjoy a reception at the Utah Law and Justice Center, 645 S. 200 E, SLC.  We are planning a Magna Carta Gala Celebration on the evening of April 14 at Rice Eccles Stadium, where Chief Justice Durrant and Governor Herbert will be speaking.  Please write to magnacarta@utahbar.org if you are interested in attending.  We are looking forward to hearing what Utah students write about Magna Carta; please encourage students in grades 8-12 to participate by March 30.  For information, see competitions.
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Nominee Named for Piute County Justice Court Vacancy

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Feb. 20, 2015

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

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR PIUTE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Junction, UT—The Piute County Nominating Commission has selected two nominees for a vacancy at the Piute County Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Thomas Robertson who retired effective Jan. 16, 2015.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·Honorable Mark Kay McIff, Sevier County Justice Court judge, The McIff Firm. P.C., Richfield
·John “Jack” Joseph Tighe, Jr., retired private investigator and detective, Las Vegas Metro Police Dept., Circleville

A comment period will be held through March 4, 2015, before a final candidate is selected by Piute County Commission Chair Rick Blackwell, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Piute County Commission. 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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Regence Deadline Extended!

Regence deadline extended!  All applications must be submitted by 11:59PM on 2/28/2015!

Regence Blue Cross has extended their enrollment to February 28, 2015.  

If you have Regence and you live or work in Park City Make  sure you have checked the Networks for your doctor and hospital.  Regence recently changed and the Focal Point is no longer connected to Rosenberg Cooley or Park City Hospital.  To access these you must have the Valuecare network (see attached).

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e.Bulletin for February 2015

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT JAMES D. GILSON

I hope you will be joining me for the Spring Convention on March 12-14 in St. George.  Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount by tomorrow; see details at these pages:  schedule, lodging, and registration.  And don’t forget The Quinn Essential—the Judge Quinn Memorial Awareness Ride on Friday at 3:30.  Net proceeds to be donated to “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” and to publicize distracted driver and bike safety.  See details at The Quinn Essential.

Last month I mentioned that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is the keynote speaker for our Summer Convention in Sun Valley on July 29-August 1.  See Sun Valley lodging options and online reservations.
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Free Class on How to Create Custody Papers Offered in Spanish

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February 10, 2015

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

SELF-HELP CENTER OFFERS FREE CLASSES IN SPANISH
February Topic: How to Create Custody 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 Feb. 17 class will focus on how to create paperwork for custody—when parents aren’t married—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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Piute Nominating Commission Sets Meeting to Select Judge

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February 6, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Junction, UT—The Piute County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Feb.19, 2015, to select a candidate for the Piute County Justice Court to replace Judge Thomas Lee Robertson who retired effective Jan. 16, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 11 a.m. at the Piute County Commission Chambers, 550 North Main St., Junction.

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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First Annual New Lawyer Introduction to the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse

Please join the Litigation Section for the first annual New Lawyer Introduction to the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse on February 27, 2015.  4 hours CLE pending.  The tentative schedule is set forth below:

8:30-9:30:  Donut reception with Judges and Litigation Section Board

9:30-10:30:  Pet peeves, best practices, and tips from the law clerks

10:30-11:15: Introduction to Resources available at the Court (Presented by Maureen Minson from the law library)

11:15-12:15:  An introduction to the clerk’s office and what new lawyers should know about filing cases

12:15-1:30:  Lunch and courthouse tour

1:30 to 3:00:  Courtroom observation

Price: $30 for members of the Litigation Section.  Become a member here

$150 for non-members.
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Students Can Sign Up to be a Judge for a Day

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January 29, 2015

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

UTAH STATE COURTS PLAN JUDGE FOR A DAY PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT—The Utah State Courts are planning the 10th Annual “Judge for a Day,” program in recognition of Law Day, which is celebrated on May 1, 2015. On May 1, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.

Utah high school students are selected to participate in the program based on an essay, civic involvement resume or teacher nomination letter. For students who choose to write an essay the Law Day theme is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law.”  Perhaps more than any other document in human history, the Magna Carta has come to embody a simple but enduring truth: No one, no matter how powerful, is above the law.
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Benefit Announcement from National Affinity.net

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