Month: January 2022

JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

North Ogden, UT—The Weber County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on February 2, 2022 to review applications for a justice court judge position that will serve North Ogden, Utah. The position will replace Judge Patrick Lambert who retired in July,  2021. The Commission will begin the meeting at 7:00 a.m. The meeting will be held online through this meeting link:

https://utcourts.webex.com/utcourts/j.php?MTID=mabc2c3cb79c43685581a23d4baf92dbb

The early portion of the meeting is scheduled for public comment about issues facing the Utah judiciary and improvements to the system. Public comments will be accepted from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Following the public comment period, the meeting will be closed to allow commission members to review applications for the vacancy.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Amy Hernandez at (801) 578-3809 or amymh@utcourts.gov to request an appointment.

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STOCKTON JUSTICE COURT VACANCY ANNOUNCED

Stockton, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a justice court judge position that will serve Stockton, Utah. The position will replace Judge Ron E. Powell who will retire in March.

To be considered for a justice court judgeship in Tooele 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 earned a high school diploma or GED. In addition, candidates must be a resident of Tooele County or an adjacent county for at least six months immediately preceding appointment.

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 (www.utcourts.gov/admin/jobs).  The salary range for the position is $6,145 to $11,060 per year and does not include benefits.

For additional information, contact Laura Mott at (435) 882-3877.

The deadline for applications is Monday, February 14, 2022 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the  attention of Amy Hernandez, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or information, email amymh@utcourts.gov.

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the  mayor of Stockton, who will be Nando Meli Jr., within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Meli will then have 30 days in which to make a selection. His selection must then be ratified by the  Stockton Town Council and certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR THE SECOND DISTRICT COURT COMMISSIONER VACANCY

Farmington, UT – The Second District Court Commissioner Nominating Committee has selected three nominees for the commissioner position that will serve Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.  The position will replace T. R. Morgan, who resigned effective January 14, 2022.

The following are the nominees, along with their places of employment and residence:

  • Andy Leger, Leger Family Law, Woods Cross
  • Wade Taylor, Nelson, Taylor and Associates, Highland
  • Julie Winkler, Utah Legal Services, Inc., Ogden

A public comment period will be held through Monday, January 31, 2022.  A final candidate will then be selected by the judges of the Second District Court.  The selection must then be approved by the Utah Judicial Council.

Please submit written comments about the candidates to Lawrence Webster, Trial Court Executive, at larryw@utcourts.gov.

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ASSOCIATE CHIEF JUSTICE THOMAS LEE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM UTAH SUPREME COURT

Salt Lake City, UT – Thomas R. Lee, Associate Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, has announced his retirement. In a letter sent to Governor Spencer Cox on January 19, 2022, Justice Lee said:

“It has been an honor to serve the people of the State of Utah as a member of the Supreme Court. For twelve years, I have been privileged to work with an impressive group of committed, principled colleagues on this court and throughout the judiciary.

I have decided that the time has come for me to pursue other opportunities in the legal profession. I anticipate stepping down from the court on July 31, 2022.”

Justice Lee was appointed to the Utah Supreme Court by Governor Gary Herbert in 2010.  He has a B.A. in Economics from Brigham Young University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.  Justice Lee currently serves as Associate Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court. He also serves on the Advisory Committee on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and teaches on a part-time basis as a lecturer in law at BYU, Harvard Law School, and the University of Chicago Law School.

“Associate Chief Justice Lee is an extraordinary jurist and scholar,” said Chief Justice Matthew B. Durrant. “I don’t think a single opinion has been issued in a case in which he participated that was not improved by his scholarship, whether or not he was the named author. His work has been brilliant and his commitment to the rule of law unparalleled.”

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JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Pleasant View, UT—The Weber County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a  meeting on January 24, 2022 to review applications for a justice court judge position that will  serve Pleasant View, Utah. The position will replace Judge Patrick Lambert who retired in July, 2021. The Commission will begin the meeting at 7:00 a.m. The meeting will be held online through this meeting link:

https://utcourts.webex.com/utcourts/j.php?MTID=m08d9fddf4b34fc3c4ed08aba131a2fdd

The early portion of the meeting is scheduled for public comment about issues facing the Utah judiciary and improvements to the system. Public comments will be accepted from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Following the public comment period, the meeting will be closed to allow commission  members to review applications for the vacancy.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Amy Hernandez at (801) 578-3809 or amymh@utcourts.gov to request an appointment.

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JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED

Wellsville, UT—The Cache County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on January 18, 2022 to review applications for a justice court judge position that will serve Wellsville, Utah. The position will replace Judge Terry Moore who resigned his position in May, 2021. The Commission will begin the meeting at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will be held online through this meeting link:

https://utcourts.webex.com/utcourts/j.php?MTID=m38540939043911ddb803a11e87df7a3b

The early portion of the meeting is scheduled for public comment about issues facing the Utah judiciary and improvements to the system. Public comments will be accepted from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Following the public comment period, the meeting will be closed to allow commission members to review applications for the vacancy.

Individuals interested in appearing before the commission during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Amy Hernandez at (801) 578-3809 or amymh@utcourts.gov to request an appointment.

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UTAH STATE COURTS CONTINUE TO HOLD JURY TRIALS

Salt Lake City, UT – The Utah State Courts want to alert jurors and attorneys that jury trials are still taking place statewide. The Courts are conducting jury trials in compliance with the Utah State Judiciary Risk Phase Response Plan and are taking every possible safety measure including masking and social distancing when trials are held in person.

Jurors and attorneys should continue to appear as scheduled unless they are notified by the Court. Individual judges may be canceling some trials, but they will notify the jurors and other parties if that happens.

There has been some confusion about whether or not jury trials are cancelled.  That is because:

  • Salt Lake City Justice Court suspended jury trials
  • The U.S. District Court for the District of Utah (Federal) suspended jury trials

However, the federal court order and Salt Lake City justice court order do not affect jury trials happening in state district courts or other county or city justice courts.

The Utah State Courts will continue to carefully monitor COVID-19 case counts and consult with health officials moving forward. If any decision is made to cancel jury trials in the future, we will alert the public and the media immediately.

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