Month: August 2016


Morgan, UT — Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Morgan County. The position will replace Judge Tony Hassell, who will retire effective Dec. 30, 2016.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Morgan 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 a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. In addition, candidates must be a resident of the county in which the court is located—or an adjacent county—for at least six months.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted on the Utah State Courts website at An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the courts’ website ( Please note that the application has been updated since June 2016. The annual salary range for the position is $20,634.75 to $37,142.55 with no benefits. For additional information, contact Tauna MacPherson at 801-845-6091.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 at 5 p.m. and should be sent to the attention of Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or more information, email

Utah law requires the Judicial Nominating Commission to submit three to five nominees to the Morgan County Council Chair Logan Wilde within 45 days of its first meeting. Chairman Wilde then has 30 days in which to make a selection. The selection must then be certified by the Utah Judicial Council.

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Farmington, UT—The Second District Commissioner Nominating Committee has selected three nominees for an upcoming commissioner vacancy. The position will replace Commissioner Daniel W. Garner, who will retire effective Oct. 16, 2016.

The nominees are:

• Keith Backman has served as a Shareholder at the firm of Helgesen, Waterfall & Jones since 1996, representing clients in a wide range of matters. He has previously served as a city attorney for cities in Davis and Weber counties, where he represented the cities in all civil matters and in justice courts.

• Christina Micken is currently an attorney with the firm Bean & Micken with a focus on family law. She has been with the firm since 2002.

• Kevin Richards is currently president and managing attorney for the firm Richards, Brinley & Richards. Prior to 2014 he was president and managing attorney for his own private practice. He is also a certified mediator.

A comment period will be held through Aug. 23, 2016, before a final candidate is selected. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment within 45 days of selection. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Larry Webster, 2nd District Court Executive,
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Midvale, UT — The Salt Lake County Judicial Nominating Commission has scheduled a meeting on Aug. 31, 2016, to select candidates for vacancies in South Salt Lake, South Jordan, and Midvale City Justice Courts to replace Judge Catherine M. Johnson, Judge Clinton Balmforth and Judge Ronald C. Wolthuis, who will retire effective Jan. 1, 2017. The commission will begin the meeting at 8:15 a.m. at the Midvale City Offices, 7505 South Holden Street, Midvale City.

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 will be accepted from 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 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 during the public comment portion of the meeting should contact Melisse Stiglich at (801) 578-3844 to request an appointment. Information on the Justice Court Nominating Commission members is available at

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