Judge Named to Fill Highland/Alpine City Justice Court Vacancy

staff : May 2, 2014 12:20 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell:(801) 712-4545

NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL HIGHLAND/ALPINE CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Highland, UT—The Utah County Commission has announced the appointment of the Honorable Douglas Nielsen to fill the Highland/Alpine City Justice Court vacancy. The position replaces Judge Darwin R. Poulsen who retired April 1, 2014.

Judge Nielsen was appointed to the Lehi City Justice Court in January 2013. Prior to this, he worked as an associate attorney at Young, Kester & Petro law office before becoming a partner at Petro & Nielsen law office in 2010.

Judge Nielsen earned an Associate of Science degree in Business Management from Utah Valley State College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Utah State University, and a Juris Doctorate degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law.
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Sevier County Commission Appoints Justice Court Judge

staff : April 30, 2014 3:59 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545
NOMINEE NAMED TO FILL SEVIER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Richfield, UT—The Sevier County Commission has announced the appointment of attorney Mark Kay McIff to fill the Sevier County Justice Court vacancy. The position will replace Judge Kent Nielsen who retires on June 1, 2014.

Mark McIff practices law in south central Utah and maintains a private law practice in Richfield. He is a former chief criminal prosecutor for the Wasatch County Attorney, Deputy Sevier County Attorney, Deputy Garfield County Attorney, and city prosecutor for several cities in the district. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Southern Utah University and a Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
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Awards Presented by Justice Court Board

staff : April 29, 2014 2:59 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT BOARD PRESENTS COURT AWARDS

St. George, UT—Two judges and a court employee were recognized on April 18, 2014, for their service to Utah’s justice courts during the Annual Conference of the Justice Court Judges in St. George, Utah.

Orem City Justice Court Judge Reed Parkin was presented with the 2014 Justice Court Judge of the Year award. Judge Parkin was recognized for his outstanding efforts on behalf of justice courts in Utah and for furthering the professional and legal competence of Utah Justice Court judges.

The 2014 Justice Court Service award was presented to Judge Jody Petry in recognition of her outstanding commitment to fellow judges and to the Utah judiciary. Judge Petry serves the justice courts in Naples and Uintah County.
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Panelists to discuss: What Makes a Good Citizen?

staff : April 17, 2014 8:26 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

LAW DAY PANEL TO ADDRESS “WHAT MAKES A GOOD CITIZEN?”

WHAT:
Each year the Utah State Courts plans a panel discussion in conjunction with The Hinckley Institute of Politics to recognize Law Day on May 1. This year’s panel members represent each branch of government and will address the topic “The Importance of Civic Involvement: What Makes a Good Citizen?”

Being an engaged citizen is important to the health of our communities. Whether volunteering at a local soup kitchen, reading to kids at a neighborhood library, voting in a local election, or serving on a jury, each branch of government depends on citizens to safeguard our democracy.
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Divorce Education for Children Spring Classes Scheduled

staff : April 11, 2014 10:20 am : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

SPRING CLASS SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR DIVORCE EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM

Salt Lake City, UT—Nearly 12,000 Utah children are impacted by divorce each year, including more than 5,000 children in Salt Lake County. To address the needs of these children, the Utah State Courts offers a free Divorce Education for Children class twice each month. Classes take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Following are the dates for upcoming 2013 classes: April 26, May 17, and June 28.

The Divorce Education for Children class is for children 9 to 12-years-old whose parents have filed for divorce or whose parents are divorced. The class takes place at the Scott M. Matheson Courthouse at 450 South State Street.  Advance registration is required by calling (801) 578-3897 or e-mail sabrinap@utcourts.gov. There is no charge to attend the class.
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Court Cautions Residents About Jury Duty Scam

staff : April 9, 2014 12:52 pm : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 9, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JURY DUTY SCAM PERSISTS
Utah State Courts Advise Residents Not to Give Out Personal Identifying Information

Salt Lake City, Utah— The Utah State Courts is advising residents not to be fooled by a jury duty scam that continues to persist throughout the nation.

The scam involves an individual who claims to be a court employee calling a member of the public alleging they failed to report for jury service and indicating a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The caller requests personal identifying information—such as birthday, social security number, and sometimes credit card numbers—from the individual in order to cancel the arrest warrant.
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Grand Jury to Meet in Price

staff : April 8, 2014 11:51 am : Announcement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUDGES TO HEAR GRAND JURY TESTIMONY

Price, UT—A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on May 8, 2014, to hear testimony to determine if reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place in the Seventh Judicial District Courthouse, 149 East 100 South.

Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact District Court Administrator Debra Moore at (801) 578-3800 by April 30, 2014, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by April 30, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.

Individuals testifying must be prepared to give evidence to support claims that justify calling a grand jury. Controversies between individual parties will not be considered. Individuals who need special accommodations during the hearing must notify the court at least three business days prior to the hearing.
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Justice Court Judge Appointed to Price, Wellington Justice Courts

staff : April 8, 2014 11:47 am : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JON CARPENTER NAMED TO FILL CARBON COUNTY/ WELLINGTON JUSTICE COURT VACANCIES

Price/Wellington, Utah—The Carbon County Commission and Wellington Mayor Joan Powell have announced the appointment of Jon Randall Carpenter to fill the Carbon County and Wellington City Justice Court vacancies. The position will replace Judge Elayne Storrs who retires on May 1, 2014.

Jon R. Carpenter is a partner at Jensen & Carpenter Law Office PLLC in Price. His practice includes family law, criminal defense, civil litigation, adoption, parental defense, and other areas. Carpenter graduated from the Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Neb. in 2006. He received a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Utah in 2002.
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eBulletin for April 2014

admin : April 7, 2014 2:00 pm : e.Bulletin
 commissioner_Jensen_Curtis MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT CURTIS M JENSEN

Bar elections are underway, and if you haven’t voted yet, please watch for an e-mail ballot later today. If you don’t see a ballot today, please check your junk e-mail folder, or follow the directions at the bottom of the election page.

We had a great convention in St. George last month, and I especially enjoyed riding my bicycle with fellow Bar members and family in celebration of Judge Quinn.

I’m pleased to announce the keynote speakers for Snowmass on July 16-19:

  • Thursday Keynote: Laughing Your Way through Life, Dave Dugan, Comedian
  • Friday Keynote: Law & Neuroscience, Professors Hank Greeley
  • Saturday Keynote: The Lawyer as Actor—the Courtroom/Boardroom as my Stage, Jerry Gardner
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Nominees Named for Sevier County Justice Court Vacancy

staff : April 4, 2014 2:27 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR SEVIER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Richfield, UT—The Sevier County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for a pending vacancy at the Sevier County Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Kent Nielsen who has announced his retirement effective June 1, 2014.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
·Lawrence H. Hunt, J.D., Hunt Law Office, Richfield
·Mark Kay McIff, J.D., Wayne County Attorney, Piute County Attorney, Richfield
·Cordell Pearson, Sevier County School District, Piute Deputy Sheriff, Circleville

A comment period will be held through April 14, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by the chair of the Sevier County Commission, who has 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Sevier County Commission. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointments. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, melisses@utcourts.gov.
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Nominees Names for Highland and Alpine Justice Courts

staff : April 1, 2014 5:05 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR HIGHLAND AND ALPINE JUSTICE COURTS VACANCIES

Highland, UT—The Utah County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for pending vacancies at the Highland and Alpine City justice courts. The positions will replace Judge Darwin R. Poulsen who has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2014.

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

·Honorable Carolyn Elease Howard, J.D., Saratoga Springs Justice Court Judge, Associate Professor, Utah Valley University, Attorney at Law, Provo.

·Honorable Sydney Jayne Magid, J.D., Salt Lake City Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Law, Salt Lake City.

·Honorable Douglas John Nielsen, J.D., Lehi City Justice Court Judge, Attorney at Law, Spanish Fork
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Judicial Nominees Announced for Carbon County Justice Court Vacancies

staff : March 24, 2014 1:05 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR CARBON COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCIES

Price/Wellington, UT—The Carbon County Nominating Commission has selected two nominees for pending vacancies at the Carbon County and Willington City justice courts. The positions will replace Judge Elayne Storrs who has announced her retirement effective May 1, 2014.

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

·David Merrill Allred, J.D., attorney at law, Castle Dale
·Jon Randall Carpenter, J.D., attorney at law, Jensen & Carpenter Law Office, Price

A comment period will be held through March 31, 2014, before a final candidate is selected by the Carbon County Commission and Wellington City Mayor, who have 30 days to make an appointment, which is subject to ratification by the Carbon County Commission and Wellington City Council. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointments. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, melisses@utcourts.gov.
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Highland/Alpine – Judicial Nominating Commission to select Justice Court candidates

staff : March 11, 2014 11:03 am : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Highland, UT—The Utah County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on March 19, 2014, to select a candidate for the Highland/Alpine Justice Court to replace Judge Darwin Poulsen who is retiring effective March 31, 2014. The commission will begin meeting at 10 a.m. at the Highland City Building, 5400 West Civic Center Drive.

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 10 a.m. to 10:30 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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Sevier County – Judicial Nominating Commission Sets Date for Selection Meeting

staff : March 10, 2014 1:46 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Richfield, UT—The Sevier County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on March 31, 2014, to select a candidate for the Sevier County Justice Court to replace Judge Kent Nielsen who is retiring effective June 1, 2014. The commission will begin meeting at 9 a.m. at the Sevier County Administration Building, 250 North Main, Room 130.

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 9 a.m. to 9:30 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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Meeting Planned to Select Justice Court Judge

staff : March 10, 2014 1:42 pm : Announcement, Utah State Bar News and Announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2014
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545

JUSTICE COURT JUDICIAL NOMINATING COMMISSION SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Wellington, UT—The Carbon County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on March 18, 2014, to select candidates for the Price and Wellington justice courts to replace Judge Elayne Storrs who is retiring effective May 1, 2014. The commission will begin meeting at 12 p.m. at the Wellington City Office 150 West Main St.

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 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 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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