Month: November 2017

New Probable Cause System Rolling out Statewide Will Make Access to PC Statements Easier

Dear Editors and Reporters,

The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced today that they will be switching over to a new Probable Cause system created by the Utah State Courts, effective Dec. 1.

Effective tomorrow, you will be able to search for PC statements on xChange. You will be able to access the same PC information that has historically come from the jails. Simply log onto xChange. Under Case Type select Probable Cause Determinations. Select District, Justice, or both courts. Then choose to search under law enforcement agency or by court district.

PC statements will be available in the same timely manner as before, if not sooner. Currently, you can search under first/last name, or select a date range to search by. Under this new system, your assignment desks will be able to do daily searches of PC statements as they come in. We hope this new system will prove more convenient and efficient to the public.

As counties roll out implementation, some jails will still be handling PC statements their old way. Here is a list of current counties that have switched over: Box Elder, Carbon, Davis, Duchesne, Grand, Iron, Kane, Morgan, Rich, San Juan, Salt Lake, Summit, Tooele and Weber.
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Provo, UT—The Fourth District Commissioner Nominating Committee has selected three nominees for an upcoming commissioner vacancy. The position will replace Commissioner Joshua K. Faulkner, who has resigned effective Dec. 31, 2017.

The nominees are:

• Marian Ito who has served as Assistant Attorney General for the Child and Family Support Division at the Utah Attorney General’s Office since 2007. Ms. Ito previously served in the Attorney General’s Litigation Division.

• Erik Jacobson who has served as a public defender with the Utah County Public Defender’s office since 2009, handling matters in both the juvenile and district court. Mr. Jacobson previously served in private practice and as a deputy county attorney.

• Sean Peterson who is a shareholder with the firm Howard Lewis & Peterson, where his practice consists primarily of domestic and family law. Mr. Peterson has worked with the firm since 2000.

A comment period will be held through Dec. 8, 2017 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 Mark Urry, Fourth District Court Executive,

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Salt Lake City, Utah—Applications are being accepted for a Justice Court judge position in Salt Lake City. The position will replace Judge Catherine E. Roberts who will retire effective Dec. 31, 2017.

To be considered for a Justice Court judgeship in Salt Lake 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 degree from a law school that would make one eligible to apply for admission to a bar in any state in the United States. 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 Court’s website at under employment opportunities. An application for judicial office form must be completed and is available on the court’s website ( The annual salary for the position is $117,728.00 with benefits. For additional information, contact Carolyn Campbell at 801-535-6663 or by email at

The deadline for applications is Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 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 Mayor of Salt Lake City, Jackie Biskupski within 45 days of its first meeting. Mayor Biskupski 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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Manti, UT—The Sanpete County Nominating Commission has selected three nominees for upcoming vacancies in the Gunnison and Manti Justice Courts. The positions will replace Judge Ivo Peterson who retired effective June 30, 2017.

Following are the nominees followed by place of employment and residence:
• Robert V. Judd, Retired from Utah Department of Corrections, resident of Gunnison
• Honorable Mark Kay McIff J.D., Justice Court Judge for Ephraim, Fairview City, Fountain Green City, Moroni City, Piute County, Sevier County and Spring City, resident of Richfield
• Stephen William Whiting, J.D., Whiting and Jardine, LLC, resident of Vineyard


A comment period will be held through Nov. 20, 2017, before a final candidate is selected by the Mayors of Gunnison and Manti, who have 30 days to make appointments. Each appointment is subject to ratification by the City Council in each city. The Utah Judicial Council must then certify the appointment. To submit written comments about the candidates, contact Melisse Stiglich, Administrative Office of the Courts, at


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