Month: December 2017

JUDGES TO DETERMINE NEED FOR GRAND JURY

Farmington, UT — A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Jan. 11, 2018, to hear testimony to determine whether reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place at the Farmington Courthouse, 800 West State Street, Farmington, Davis County.
Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact Deputy State Court Administrator Jacey Skinner at (801) 578-3809 by Jan. 2, 2018, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by Jan. 2, 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.
Utah’s Grand Jury Statute requires a panel of judges selected from throughout the state to hold hearings in each judicial district every three years. The purpose of the hearings is to determine whether a grand jury needs to be summoned based on evidence of criminal activity. The Grand Jury Panel is comprised of the following judges: Supervising Judge W. Brent West, 2nd District Court; Judge Lynn W. Davis, 4th District Court; Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills, 3rd District Court; Judge Eric A. Ludlow, 5th District Court; and Judge Kara Pettit, 3rd District Court.
The Attorney General, a county attorney, district attorney, or special prosecutor appointed under U.C.A. section 77-10a-1 can also present evidence of criminal activity. The panel of judges will hear, in secret, all persons claiming information that justifies calling a grand jury. All individuals appearing before the panel of judges will be placed under oath. If a grand jury is summoned, the jurors will be called from the state-at-large or any judicial district within the state. Additional information is available at http://www.utcourts.gov/cal/grandjury.
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Utah State Courts Receives National Award for Data Excellence

Salt Lake City, UT — The Utah State Courts has been recognized for the quality of its case data, which allows the courts to better understand and manage Utah’s judicial system.

The award was given out by the Court Statistics Project of the National Center for State Courts during the Conference of State Court Administrators last week.

“This award once again recognizes Utah’s courts as national leaders in using data and performance measures to ensure transparent, accountable and efficient service to Utah’s Court users,” said Utah State Court Administrator Rick Schwermer.

Utah was one of three states recognized. Specifically, Utah’s courts were commended for the quality of its caseload data, adding new civil case types to its system, and keeping comprehensive data on case filings and case dispositions.

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