Ogden 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 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
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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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Ogden Justice Court Nominees Named

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Nov. 25, 2014

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

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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Tooele Justice Court Nominees Named

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October 27, 2014

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

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR TOOELE COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Grantsville, UT—The Tooele County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for the vacancy at the Grantsville Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Darold Butcher who resigned effective August 15, 2014.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·Gary K. Dalton, director, Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Services, Grantsville
·Ronald Lynn Elton, J.D., attorney, towns of Rush Valley and Vernon, Tooele
·Honorable Ronald Edward Powell, Stockton Town Justice Court Judge, Stockton

A comment period will be held through Nov. 5, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by the Grantsville Mayor Brent Marshall. The mayor has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Grantsville 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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Court Offers Free Classes in Spanish

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October 9, 2014

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

SELF-HELP CENTER OFFERS FREE CLASSES IN SPANISH

The Utah State Courts’ Self-Help Center is offering a series of free classes to help the public learn how to navigate the court system. The classes will be offered in Spanish and are geared toward people who are representing themselves in a civil court case.

Classes will highlight topics such as how to serve court papers in Mexico and how to create court papers for everything from a divorce to guardianship to a small claims case. The primary focus of the classes will be how to use OCAP—the court online assistance program—to create required court forms. The classes are planned the third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the West Valley branch of the Salt Lake County library, 2880 West 3650 South. Classes start in October and continue through April, excluding December.
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Two Judges Named to Utah Judicial Council

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October 3, 2014

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

UTAH JUDICIAL COUNCIL MEMBERS NAMED

Salt Lake City, Utah—Third District Court Judge Ann Boyden and 6th District Court Judge Marvin D. Bagley have been elected to serve three-year terms on the Utah Judicial Council. They replace 3rd District Court Judge Paul Maughan and 7th District Court Judge George Harmond who have completed their terms.

The Utah Judicial Council is the policy-making body for the judiciary. The Council has the constitutional authority to adopt uniform rules for the administration of all courts in the state. The Council also sets standards for judicial performance, court facilities, support services, and judicial and non-judicial staff levels.
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Judicial Vacancy – 3rd District Court

Applications are now being accepted for the position of district court judge in the Third District Court. (Counties include Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele.) This position results from the confirmation of Judge Kate Toomey to the Utah Court of Appeals. Completed applications must be received by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, October 24, 2014. The complete notice of vacancy and application forms can be found here:  http://judicialvacancy.utah.gov/.