Month: September 2018


Spanish Fork, UT— A panel of judges is scheduled to meet on Oct. 11, 2018, to hear testimony to determine whether reasonable cause exists to call a grand jury. The meeting will take place at the Spanish Fork Courthouse, 775 West Center, Spanish Fork, UT 84660.

Those wanting to testify before the panel of judges should contact Deputy State Court Administrator Jacey Skinner at (801) 578-3807 by Thursday, Sept. 27 2018, to schedule an appointment. If no appointments are scheduled by Oct. 4, the meeting will be canceled without further notice.
Individuals testifying must be prepared to give evidence to support claims that justify calling a grand jury. Controversies between individual parties will not be considered. Individuals who need special accommodations during the hearing must notify the court at least three business days prior to the hearing.
Utah’s Grand Jury Statute requires a panel of judges selected from throughout the state to hold hearings in each judicial district every three years. The purpose of the hearings is to determine whether a grand jury needs to be summoned based on evidence of criminal activity. The Grand Jury Panel is comprised of the following judges: Supervising Judge W. Brent West, 2nd District Court; Judge Lynn W. Davis, 4th District Court; Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills, 3rd District Court; Judge Eric A. Ludlow, 5th District Court; and Judge Kara Pettit, 3rd District Court.
The Attorney General, a county attorney, district attorney, or special prosecutor appointed under U.C.A. section 77-10a-1 can also present evidence of criminal activity. The panel of judges will hear, in secret, all persons claiming information that justifies calling a grand jury. All individuals appearing before the panel of judges will be placed under oath. If a grand jury is summoned, the jurors will be called from the state-at-large or any judicial district within the state. Additional information is available at

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Salt Lake City, UT—The Third District Commissioner Nominating Committee has selected three nominees for a vacancy resulting from Commissioner T. Patrick Casey’s retirement on October 5, 2018.
The nominees are:
• Shane Marx who is an attorney in private practice at Marx Family Law.
• Russell Minas who is an attorney in private practice at Lowe Hutchinson Cottingham & Minas.
• Melissa Patten-Greene who is an attorney in private practice at The Law Offices of Melissa A. Patten-Greene.
A comment period will be held through September 16, 2018 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 Peyton Smith, Third District Court Executive, at
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