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Rule 11-101. Creationand Composition of Advisory Committees.

Intent:

To establish advisory committees and procedures to govern thosecommittees.

Applicability:

Thisrule shall apply to the Supreme Court, the Administrative Office of the Courts,and the Supreme Court advisory committees.

Statement of the Rule:

(1) Establishment of committees.There is hereby established a Supreme Court advisory committee in each of thefollowing areas: civil procedure, criminal procedure, juvenile court procedure,appellate procedure, evidence, and the rules of professional conduct. TheSupreme Court shall designate a liaison to each advisory committee.

(2) Composition of committees.The Supreme Court shall determine the size of each committee based upon theworkload of the individual committees. The committees should be broadlyrepresentative of the legal community and should include practicing lawyers,academicians, and judges. Members should possess expertise within thecommittee?s jurisdiction.

(3) Application and recruitmentof committee members. Vacancies on the committeesshall be announced in a manner reasonably calculated to reach members of theUtah State Bar. The notice shall specify the name of the committee which hasthe vacancy, a brief description of the committee?s responsibilities, the method for submitting an application or letter ofinterest and the application deadline. Members of the committees or the SupremeCourt may solicit applications for membership on the committees. Applicationsand letters of interest shall be submitted to the Supreme Court.

(4) Appointment of committeemembers and chair. Upon expiration of theapplication deadline, the Supreme Court shall review the applications andletters of interest and appoint those individuals who are best suited to serveon the committee. Members shall be appointed to serve staggered four-yearterms. In the event of a mid-term vacancy the Supreme Court shall appoint a newmember to serve for the remainder of the term. The Supreme Court shall select achair from among the committee?s members. No lawyer may serve more than two fullconsecutive terms on the committee unless appointed by the Supreme Court as thecommittee chair or when justified by special circumstances, such as anacademician or court staff attorney. Judges who serve as members of thecommittees generally shall not be selected as chairs. Committee members shallserve as officers of the court and not as representatives of any client,employer, or other organization or interest group. At the first meeting of acommittee in any calendar year, and at every meeting at which a new member ofthe committee first attends, each committee member shall briefly disclose thegeneral nature of his or her legal practice.

(5) Absences.In the event that a committee member fails to attend three committee meetingsduring a calendar year, the chair may notify the Supreme Court of thoseabsences and may request that the Supreme Court replace that committee member.

(6) Administrative assistance.The Administrative Office of the Courts shall coordinate staff support to eachcommittee, including the assistance of the Office of General Counsel inresearch and drafting and the coordination of secretarial support andpublication activities.

(7) Recording secretaries. Acommittee chair may appoint a third-year law student, a member of the Bar ingood standing, or a legal secretary to serve as a recording secretary for thecommittee. The recording secretary, shall attend and take minutes at committeemeetings, provide research and drafting assistance to committee members andperform other assignments as requested by the chair.