SPRING CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 17, 2016 3:51 pm : Bar News

Spring City, Utah — The deadline for applications for a Justice Court judge position in Spring City has been extended until Nov. 22, 2016. The position will replace Judge Ivo Peterson, who resigned July 1, 2016.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Sanpete County, 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 a minimum of 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 Courts’ website at www.utcourts.gov. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the courts’ website (www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs). Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary for the position is $4,032.00 with no benefits. For additional information about Spring City, contact Lyndsey Zeeman at (435) 445-3453.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Mayor of Spring City, Jack D. Monnett within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Monnett then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Rules of Appellate Procedure

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 10, 2016 2:10 pm : Bar News

The Utah Supreme Court invites comments to the following proposed amendments to Utah Rules of Appellate Procedure. The comment period expires December 25, 2016.

Utah Rules of Appellate Procedure

URAP024 – The proposed amendment substantially changes the organization and content of briefs. An important objective of the amendment is to present the party’s case in logical order, in measured increments, and without unnecessary repetition. The principal brief of each party must meet the same requirements.

URAP024A – The proposed amendment collects in one separate rule the briefing requirements in cross-appeals.  The briefing requirements have also been clarified and simplified for ease of use.

How to View Redline Text of the Proposed Amendment

To see proposed rule amendment and submit comments, click on this link to:  http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/comments/, then click on the rule number.

How to Submit Comments

You can comment and view the comments of others by clicking on the “comments” link associated with each body of rules. It is most efficient to submit comments through the website. After clicking on the comment link, you will be asked for your name, which is required, and your email address which need not be your real address. The comment website is public. Each comment must be approved by the site administrator before it will show on the public website.  Although all comments will be considered, they will not be acknowledged with a response.

Please submit comments directly through the website.  Should you have any questions, please contact the committee staff person.  The list of committees can be found at: https://www.utcourts.gov/committees/.

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JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 8, 2016 11:09 am : Bar News

Ogden, UT— The Weber County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 21, 2016, to select candidates for the Ogden City Justice Court to replace Judge Dee William Smith who will retire effective January 2017. The commission will begin the meeting at 8 a.m. at the Ogden City Municipal Building located on 2549 Washington Blvd in Ogden.

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 will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 8:30 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.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

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JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 8, 2016 10:59 am : Bar News

Lehi, UT— The Utah County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 17, 2016, to select candidates for the Lehi City Justice Court to replace Judge Douglas Nielsen who has resigned. The commission will begin the meeting at 9 a.m. at the Lehi City Council Chambers located on 153 North 100 East in Lehi.

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 will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 9:30 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.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

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JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 8, 2016 10:49 am : Bar News

Lehi, UT— The Utah County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 17, 2016, to select candidates for the Lehi City Justice Court to replace Judge Douglas Nielsen who has resigned. The commission will begin the meeting at 8 a.m. at the Ogden City Municipal Building located on 2549 Washington Blvd in Ogden.

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 will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 8:30 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.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

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UTAH SUPREME COURT TO HEAR ORAL ARGUMENTS AT J. REUBEN CLARK LAW SCHOOL

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 8, 2016 10:40 am : Bar News

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 give law students an opportunity to see the Supreme Court in session.

Cases to be heard are as follows:

10:00 a.m.-Dircks v. Travelers, case no. 20160065-SC

10:45 a.m.-State v. Prater, case no. 20130748-SC

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. to approx. 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University

WHO: Utah Supreme Court Justices: Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant, Associate Chief Justice Thomas R. Lee, Justice Christine M. Durham, Justice Deno Himonas, and Justice John Pearce will sit on all cases.

PHOTOGRAPHY: One pool still photographer and one pool video camera will be permitted into the court session. To request to be the pool photographer, contact Geoffrey Fattah at (801) 578-3994 by Nov. 8.

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ANNOUNCEMENT – Vacancy on Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 4, 2016 4:06 pm : Bar News

The Supreme Court is seeking applicants to fill a vacancy on one of its standing rules committees — the Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure. To apply for appointment, please complete an online application at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TXBZHJ7. Be sure to click “done” at the end to submit the application.

   Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, November 18, 2016. The Supreme Court will make the appointment without interviews. The appointment will begin immediately.

   The following is more information on the work of the committee: 

Advisory Committee on Rules of Appellate Procedure. 1 vacancy. Four-year term.

The committee is comprised of appellate practitioners, judges, and court staff, and is responsible for reviewing, revising, and updating the Rules of Appellate Procedure. The committee generally meets on the first Thursday of each month from noon until 1:30 p.m. at the Matheson Courthouse. Detailed information about the committee’s work is on the court’s website at http://www.utcourts.gov/utc/appellate-procedure/.

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OGDEN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 4, 2016 3:32 pm : Bar News

Ogden, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Ogden City. This position will replace Judge Dee William Smith who will resign effective Jan. 2017.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Weber County, 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 a degree from a law school that would make one eligible to apply for admission to a bar in any state in the United States. 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. Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary range for the position is $79,525.00 to $143,145.00 with benefits. For additional information, contact Heidi Olmedo at (801)629-8737.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov or visit www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Mayor of Ogden Mike Caldwell within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Caldwell then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 3, 2016 2:58 pm : Bar News

Washington City, UT—The Washington County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Nov. 15, 2016, to select a candidate for the Washington City Justice Court to replace Judge Lee Bunnell who will retire effective Jan. 1, 2017. The commission will begin the meeting at 1 p.m. in the Washington City Council Chambers on 111 North 100 East, Washington.

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 will be accepted from 1 p.m. to 1:30 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.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

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JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 2, 2016 1:49 pm : Bar News

Ogden, UT—The Weber County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Oct. 14, 2016, to select candidates for the Ogden and Roy City Justice Court judicial vacancies. The vacancies result from the retirement of Judge Andrea W. Lockwood from the Ogden City Justice Court, effective March 1, 2017, and Judge R. Scott Waterfall from the Roy City Justice Court, effective Oct. 31, 2016. The commission will begin the meeting at 8 a.m. at the Ogden Offices on 2186 Lincoln Avenue in Ogden.

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 will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Following the public hearing, the meeting is closed to allow commission members to select a slate of three to five candidates for each vacancy.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at www.utcourts.gov.

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR RICH COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Utah State Bar Webmaster : November 2, 2016 11:24 am : Bar News

Randolph, UT—The Rich County Nominating Commission has selected four nominees for an upcoming vacancy in the Rich County Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Ross McKinnon, who will retire effective Jan. 1, 2017.

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

  • Honorable Trevor Layne Cook, J.D., Nibley City Justice Court Judge, Corporate Compliance Officer at Bear River Mental Health Services and Secretary at South Cache Livestock, resident of Nibley
  • Honorable Terry K. Moore, Smithfield and Wellsville City Justice Court Judge, resident of  Smithfield
  • Wayne Seth Weston., Plant Foreman at Exxonmobil, resident of Laketown

A comment period will be held through Nov. 14, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Rich County Commission Chair, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Rich 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, at melisses@utcourts.gov.

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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

Utah State Bar Webmaster : October 31, 2016 2:36 pm : Bar News

The Utah Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following court rules. The amendments are effective November 1, 2016.

Utah Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP004. Process. Amend. The proposed amendment eliminates the authority to serve a defendant any time before trial, see St. Jeor v. Kerr Corporation, 2015 UT 49, ¶2. It also allows for and describes acceptance of the summons and complaint, which replaces the section on waiver of service, and it requires proof of service to include a copy of the summons.

URCP015. Amended and supplemental pleadings. Amend. Adopts the federal rule governing relation-back of an amended pleading when the amended pleading adds a new party. See Wright v. P.K. Transport, 2014 UT App 93. ¶¶ 18-22, Voros concurring. Requires that the proposed amended pleading be attached to the motion for permission to file an amended pleading. Adopts many of the grammar and style amendments of the federal rule.

To see approved rule amendments, click on the rule number above, or click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/. Then click on the rule number.

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Notice of Approved Amendments to Utah Court Rules

Utah State Bar Webmaster : October 24, 2016 2:34 pm : Bar News

The Utah Supreme Court has approved amendments to the following court rules. The amendments are effective November 1, 2016.

Code of Judicial Administration

CJA11-0201 Senior judges. Amend. Provides that to be an active senior judge, a judge shall be both a current resident of Utah and be available to take cases. Also removes the reference to attorney survey results under the requirement that senior judges obtain results on their most recent judicial performance evaluation sufficient to have certified them for retention.

CJA11-0203 Senior justice court judges. Amend. Includes an allowance for judges who were laid off pursuant to Utah Code § 78A-7-203 to qualify as a senior justice court judge and adds an initial qualifying requirement that senior justice court judges obtain results on their most recent judicial performance evaluation sufficient to have certified them for retention.

To see approved rule amendments, click on the rule number above, or click on this link to: http://www.utcourts.gov/resources/rules/approved/. Then click on the rule number.

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OGDEN CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED EXTENDED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : October 24, 2016 2:34 pm : Bar News

Ogden, UT— The deadline for applications for a Justice Court judge position in Ogden has been extended. The position will replace Judge Andrea W. Lockwood who will retire effective March 1, 2017.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Weber County, 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 a degree from a law school that would make one eligible to apply for admission to a bar in any state in the United States. 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 Courts’ website at www.utcourts.gov under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the courts’ website. Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary range for the position is $79,525.00 to $143,145.00 with benefits. For additional information, contact Heidi Olmedo at (801)629-8737.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Nov. 4, 2016 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov or visit www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Mayor of Ogden Mike Caldwell within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Caldwell then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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WASHINGTON CITY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY EXTENDED

Utah State Bar Webmaster : October 24, 2016 1:25 pm : Bar News

Washington City, UT— The deadline for applications has been extended for the Justice Court judge position in Washington City. The position will replace Judge Lee Bunnell who will retire effective Jan. 1, 2017.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Washington County, 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 a degree from a law school that would make one eligible to apply for admission to a bar in any state in the United States. 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 Courts’ website at www.utcourts.gov under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the courts’ website (www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs). Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary for the position is $39,741.00. Benefits are not provided. For additional information, contact Danice Bulloch at (435)656-6308 or by email at dbulloch@washingtoncity.org.

The deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 30, 2016 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email melisses@utcourts.gov or visit www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Mayor of Washington City, Ken Neilson within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Neilson then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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