To establish a procedure for appointing district court judges to the statutory panel authorized to convene a grand jury.
To establish the responsibility of the court administrator to provide staff support to the panel.
To establish a procedure for providing public notice of panel hearings.
This rule shall apply to the Council, the Administrative Office, the Board of District Court Judges and the statutory panel.
Statement of the Rule:
(1) The presiding officer of the Council shall appoint a panel of five district court judges in accordance with Utah Code Ann. Section 77-10a-2 to hear information which may justify the calling of a grand jury.
(2) One judge shall be appointed from the first or second district for a five year term, one judge shall be appointed from the third district for a four year term, one judge shall be appointed from the fourth district for a three year term, one judge shall be appointed from the fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth district for a two year term, and one judge shall be appointed from the third district for a one year term. Following the first term all terms on the panel are for five years.
(3) As vacancies occur or terms expire on the panel, the Board shall recommend to the presiding officer of the Council a judge to fill the unexpired portion of the term or to serve a new term.
(4) The Court Administrator shall designate a staff member to serve as secretariat to the panel and to coordinate scheduling, budget and other administrative activities.
(5) The Administrative Office, at the direction of the panel, shall annually publish a schedule which provides for a panel hearing in each judicial district every three years.
(6) Thirty days prior to the hearing, the panel shall give public notice of the hearing.
(7) The panel shall develop necessary procedures for its operation and shall publish such procedures as an appendix to this Code.
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