In The News SLTrib OpEd Utah lawyer discipline balances individual rights, public responsibility

admin : March 3, 2014 5:30 pm : In the News, Utah Bar President

 
By Curtis M. Jensen and Terri McIntosh

First Published SLTrib Mar 03 2014 04:54 pm • Last Updated Mar 03 2014 04:54 pm

In response to recent concerns about how attorney discipline is handled, we would like to explain how the legal profession helps to ensure that lawyers in Utah practice in an ethical manner.

The Utah Constitution gives the Utah Supreme Court the responsibility to regulate the practice of law. The Utah State Bar was established in 1931 under the authority of the Utah Supreme Court to fulfill that responsibility, which includes licensing attorneys, providing continuing legal education and, when necessary, seeking the imposition of discipline.
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Utah County Justice Court Vacancy Announced

staff : February 27, 2014 7:43 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

UTAH COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Highland, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Alpine and Highland. The position will replace Judge Darwin Poulsen who is retiring effective March 31, 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.
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Justice Court vacancies in Carbon County Announced

staff : February 26, 2014 12:09 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2014

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

CARBON COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCIES ANNOUNCED

Price, Utah—Applications are being accepted for Justice Court judge positions in Wellington and Price. The vacancies will replace Judge Elayne Storrs who is retiring effective April 30, 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.
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Richfield Justice Court Judge Vacancy Announced

staff : February 24, 2014 5:07 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 24, 2014

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

SEVIER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Richfield, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Richfield. The position will replace Judge Kent Nielsen who is retiring effective May 31, 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.
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In The News – 4Utah – Program hopes to provide access to affordable legal services

admin : February 21, 2014 1:22 pm : Bar News, In the News

http://www.4utah.com/story/d/story/program-hopes-to-provide-access-to-affordable-lega/15562/18USIdDgvkW_L50sF5KXtQ  

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)

Have you ever found yourself in need of a lawyer? Were nervous of high costs and a lack of guaranteed results? The Utah state bar has a program that could help: It’s called the Modest Means Lawyers Referral Program. John Lund talks more about the program. For more information click here.

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In The News – 4Utah – The Modest Means Lawyers Referral Program

admin : February 21, 2014 11:42 am : Bar News, In the News

The Utah State Bar was established in 1931. It is a non-profit organization authorized by the Utah Supreme Court to regulate the practice of law, including admissions, education , and discipline. Its 11,000 lawyers serve the public and profession with excellence, civility, and integrity. They envision a just legal system that is understood, valued, and accessible to all.

The Modest Means Lawyers Referral program was created to make lawyers more accessible to more people

The Bar has added a new Access to Justice program, complementing the Pro Bono Commission which encourages attorneys to donate free services for those with incomes less than 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (Bar doesn’t coordinate referrals).
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Provo City Justice Court Relocation

admin : February 20, 2014 4:53 pm : Announcement, From The Courts, Notice

Provo Justice Court is relocating on march 24, 2014. The new address for the Provo Justice Court will be:

75 E 1700 S, SUITE 100
PROVO, UT  84606
801 852 6878

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Judicial Vacancy – First District Court

admin : February 20, 2014 4:48 pm : From The Courts, Notice

Applications are now being accepted for the position of district court judge in the First District Court. (The First District includes Box Elder, Cache and Rich counties.) This position results from the retirement of Judge Ben Hadfield, effective August 15, 2014. The complete notice of vacancy and application forms are found at:

http://www.justice.utah.gov/ccjj_judicialvacancies.html

Complete application forms must be received by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 28, 2014.

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Juab County Courthouse Moves to New Location

staff : February 13, 2014 4:23 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2014

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

JUAB COUNTY COURTHOUSE TO OPEN FEBRUARY 18

Nephi, UT— The new Juab County Courthouse will be open for business beginning Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. The new 8,700 sq. ft. building is located at 102 East 100 North in Nephi.

The new facility houses one courtroom, a judge’s chambers, juvenile probation offices, and administrative space. The courthouse incorporates current court design guidelines, including a secure prisoner holding area and transport corridor, video surveillance, a dedicated security screening area at the public entrance, secure judicial parking, and a secure clerical work area.

The new courthouse replaces an existing court facility that was outdated and did not meet the design and security requirements required by the court. The existing court facility was initially built in 1923 as a high school. In 1980, the building was remodeled for use as the county courthouse and administration building. In 1995, an addition was completed.
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State Courts Plan Judge for a Day Program

staff : February 4, 2014 1:28 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2014
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 9th Annual “Judge for a Day,” program in recognition of Law Day, which is celebrated on May 1, 2014. 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. The topic, for students who choose to write an essay, is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters.”
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Courts Plan Community Forum in Orem

staff : February 3, 2014 3:08 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

January 29, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

UTAH STATE COURTS PLAN COMMUNITY FORUM AT ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC CHURCH

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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Chief Justice Durrant to Present State of the Judiciary Address

staff : January 24, 2014 3:36 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 23, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

CHIEF JUSTICE DURRANT TO PRESENT STATE OF THE JUDICIARY ADDRESS

WHAT:
2014 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 27:  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.

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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

staff : January 24, 2014 2:38 pm : Bar News, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

The Utah Supreme Court invites comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires March 14, 2014.

Summary of proposed amendments

URCrP 007. Proceedings before magistrate. Amend. Conforms the rule to existing practices. Authorizes a magistrate to issue a material witness warrant at the same time bail is fixed. Clarifies that a material witness may not be detained if the person cannot post bail and that the witness’s testimony may be taken by deposition.

URCrP 038. Appeals from justice court to district court. Amend. Reflects that citations are now efiled and, therefore, that an abstract of a citation will be included in the record on appeal.
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Chief Justice Durrant To Present State Of The Judiciary Address

admin : January 23, 2014 11:44 am : Announcement, From The Courts

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE OF THE COURTS
450 South State
P.O. Box 140241
Salt Lake City, UT. 84114-0241
801-578-3800

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact:         Nancy Volmer
January 23, 2014                                                                                   (801) 578-3994

CHIEF JUSTICE DURRANT TO PRESENT STATE OF THE JUDICIARY ADDRESS

WHAT:      2014 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 27:     House of Representatives at 2:15 p.m. / Senate approx. 2:45 p.m.
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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

staff : January 22, 2014 5:31 pm : Notice, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

The Utah Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following Utah court rules. The amendment is effective May 1, 2014.

Summary of amendment

URJP 50. Presence at hearings. Amend. Resolves inconsistencies between Rule 50 and Section 78A-6-114.

How to view redline text of the approved amendment.

To see the text and effective date of the amendments, click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/ and then click on the rule number. All amendments are effective on the dates indicated. Updated versions of the rules will be posted to the main rules web page (http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/) on or about the effective date of the amendments.

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