Nominee Named for Piute County Justice Court Vacancy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

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

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Free Class on How to Create Custody Papers Offered in Spanish

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

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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Court Plans Community Forum in Provo January 28

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January 22, 2015

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

UTAH STATE COURTS PLAN COMMUNITY FORUM IN PROVO 

WHAT:          How does the Utah State Courts ensure equality and justice for all?

This question will be answered at community forums planned by the courts as part of a judicial outreach initiative. The forums have been planned with the understanding that judges and court personnel can make a difference in helping the public better understand the justice system. The belief is that public dialogue about the court system will benefit judges and court personnel by providing a means for them to better understand the issues in our communities, while the system as a whole will benefit by developing appropriate responses to public concerns.
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State of the Judiciary Planned for January 26

MEDIA ADVISORY
January 21, 2015

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

CHIEF JUSTICE DURRANT TO PRESENT STATE OF THE JUDICIARY

WHAT:      2015 State of the Judiciary Address.

WHO:        The Honorable Matthew B. Durrant, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will address the Senate and the House separately.

WHEN:      Monday, January 26:     House of Representatives at 2:15 p.m.;
Senate approx. 2:45 p.m.

WHERE:   Utah State Capitol

COPIES:    Copies of Chief Justice Durrant’s speech will be distributed to reporters at the Capitol at the start of the address. An electronic copy will be available at http://www.utcourts.gov/media/news/ following the address.

Chief Justice Durrant To Present State Of The Judiciary Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 21, 2015

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994

CHIEF JUSTICE DURRANT TO PRESENT  STATE OF THE JUDICIARY ADDRESS

WHAT: 2015 State of the Judiciary Address.

WHO: The Honorable Matthew B. Durrant, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will address the Senate and the House separately.

WHEN: Monday, January 26:
House of Representatives at 2:15 p.m.
Senate approx. 2:45 p.m.

WHERE: Utah State Capitol

COPIES: Copies of Chief Justice Durrant’s speech will be distributed to reporters at the Capitol at the start of the address. An electronic copy will be available at http://www.utcourts.gov/media/news/ following the address.

Piute County Justice Court Vacancy Announced

THE DEADLINE FOR THIS POSITION HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 17, 2015.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 14, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

PIUTE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Junction City, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Piute County. The position will replace Judge Thomas Robertson who will retire Jan. 16, 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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Self-Help Center Officers Free Class: Creating Divorce Papers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

SELF-HELP CENTER OFFERS FREE CLASSES IN SPANISH
January: How to Create Divorce 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 January 20 class will focus on how to create paperwork for a divorce 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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Ogden City Justice Court Judge Named

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 18, 2014

Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994

Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL OGDEN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Nominating Commission has announced the appointment of Dee William Smith to the Ogden City Justice Court. Smith will replace Judge Norman Ashton who retires effective Jan. 7, 2015.

Smith graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1994. He then worked as a teacher for three years. In 2000, Smith received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah law school after which he began working as a prosecutor with the Weber County Attorney’s Office. In 2002, Smith started working in private practice and became a partner in the law firm of Allen, Richards, Pace and Smith. In 2009, Smith was appointed as the Weber County Attorney by the Weber County Commission.
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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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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
Cell: (801) 712-4545

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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