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Students Can Learn What It’s Like to be a Judge for a Day

Salt Lake City —The Utah State Courts are planning the 11th Annual “Judge for a Day,” program in recognition of Law Day, which will be celebrated on May 2, 2016. On May 1, 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed the first Law Day as a day of national dedication to the principle of government under law.

Utah high school students are selected to participate in the program based on an essay, civic involvement resume or teacher nomination letter. For students who choose to write an essay the Law Day theme is “Miranda: More than Words.”  The words, “you have a right to remain silent,” have become ingrained in popular U.S. culture, but there is more to these constitutional protections. The Law Day theme allows an opportunity to explore a citizen’s rights when taken into police custody.

Students selected to participate in the program will be paired with a judge in one of the state’s eight judicial districts for one day in either April or May. The students will be given a behind-the-scenes look at court operations, which include observing court proceedings and a judge at work.

Students are asked to submit an application form by March 14, 2015. Application forms and additional information are available on the court’s Web site at www.utcourts.gov/media/lawday.

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NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR DAVIS COUNTY JUSTICE COURT VACANCY

Farmington, Utah—The Davis County Nominating Commission has selected five nominees for an upcoming vacancy at the Davis County Justice Court. The position will replace Judge Jerald L. Jensen.

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

  • Richard Lamont Larsen, J.D., Davis County Attorney’s Office, resident of Kaysville
  • Trent Dee Nelson, J.D. MBA, attorney at law, Roy City prosecutor, resident of Kaysville
  • Brandon Lynn Poll, J.D., Davis County Attorney’s Office, Centerville City prosecutor, Clinton City prosecutor, North Salt Lake City prosecutor, resident of South Weber
  • Colin Reed Winchester, J.D., executive director of the Judicial Conduct Commission, resident of Clinton
  • John Carl Ynchausti, J.D., Bountiful City Assistant City Attorney, resident of Bountiful

A comment period will be held through Feb. 24, 2016, before a final candidate is selected by the Davis County Commission Chair, who has 30 days to make an appointment. The appointment is subject to ratification by the Davis 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,melisses@utcourts.gov.

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JUSTICE JOHN PEARCE TO TAKE OATH OF OFFICE, Jan. 29, 2 p.m.

JUSTICE JOHN PEARCE TO TAKE OATH OF OFFICE

WHAT:      Investiture Ceremony for John A. Pearce as a justice for the Utah Supreme Court

WHO:         The Honorable Matthew B. Durrant, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, will administer the oath of office. Presenters include Governor Gary Herbert and Jennifer Napier-Pearce.

WHEN:      Friday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:    Utah Supreme Courtroom, Scott M. Matheson Courthouse, 5th floor.

 

Note: Due to a large number of attendees anticipated, we will be accepting media pool requests for stills, TV, and radio. Please email requests to: geofff@utcourts.gov

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Third District Court Names Judge Skanchy as Presiding Judge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
JUDGE SKANCHY NAMED PRESIDING JUDGE IN THIRD DISTRICT COURT
Salt Lake, UT—District Court Judge Randall Skanchy has been named presiding judge for the Third Judicial District for a two-year term. Judge Skanchy replaces Judge Royal Hansen who completed his term in July. Judge Ryan Harris has been named associate presiding judge.
The presiding judges are responsible for the effective operation of their courts. According to court Rule 3-104, presiding judges are responsible for implementation and enforcement of statutes, rules, policies and directives of the Utah Judicial Council as they pertain to the administration of the courts. The presiding judge is responsible for assigning cases and judges.
Presiding judges and associate presiding judges are elected by a majority vote of the judges of their court. When the presiding judge is unavailable, the associate presiding judge assumes his or her responsibilities.
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Meeting planned to select Aurora and Saline justice court judge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED
Sevier County, UT—The Sevier County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on July 23, 2015, to select a candidate for the Aurora and Salina justice courts to replace Judge Les Scott who will retire Dec. 31, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 1 p.m. at the Aurora City Offices, 20 South 120 East.
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 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 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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Meeting Planned to Select Clearfield Justice Court Candidates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 29, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED
Clearfield, UT—The Davis County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on July 15, 2015, to select a candidate for the Clearfield Justice Court to replace Judge John L. Sandberg who will retire June 30, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Clearfield Municipal and Justice Center, 55 South State St., in Clearfield.
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 8:30 a.m. to 9 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 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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Meeting set for Wasatch County Justice Court judge selection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 1, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED
The Wasatch County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on June 16, 2015, to select a candidate for the Wasatch County Justice Court to replace Judge Orson Lane McCotter who will retire July 29, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the Wasatch County Community Services Building, 55 South 550 East.
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 8:30 a.m. to 9 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 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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Millard County Nominating Commission Meeting Set

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
JUSTICE COURT JUDGE SELECTION MEETING PLANNED
Fillmore, UT—The Millard County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on May 19, 2015, to select a candidate for the Fillmore Justice Court to replace Judge Stanley Robison who retired March 31, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 10 a.m. at the Fillmore City Office, 75 West Center 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 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.
Individuals interested in appearing before the commission 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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Meeting set to nominated Clinton Justice Court nominees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
Cell: (801) 712-4545
JUSTICE COURT SELECTION MEETING PLANNED
Clinton, UT—The Davis County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on May 18, 2015, to select a candidate for the Clinton City Justice Court to replace Judge John L. Sandberg who will retire June 30, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at 9 a.m. at the Clinton City Offices, 2267 North 1500 West.
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 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 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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Piute County Judicial Nominating Commission to Meet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2015
Contact: Nancy Volmer
(801) 578-3994
JUSTICE COURT SELECTION MEETING PLANNED
Junction, UT—The Piute County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Feb.19, 2015, to select a candidate for the Piute County Justice Court to replace Judge Thomas Lee Robertson who retired effective Jan. 16, 2015. The commission will begin meeting at
11 a.m. at the Piute County Commission Chambers, 550 North Main St., Junction.
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 11 a.m. to 11:30 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 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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