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Rule 11-101. Creation and Composition of Supreme CourtCommittees.

Intent:

To establish Supreme Court committees and procedures to governthose committees.

Applicability:

This rule shall apply to the Supreme Court, the AdministrativeOffice of the Courts, and the Supreme Court committees.

Statement of the Rule:

(1) Establishment of committees. There is herebyestablished a Supreme Court advisory committee in each of the following areas:civil procedure, criminal procedure, juvenile court procedure, appellateprocedure, evidence, and the rules of professional conduct. The Supreme Courtmay establish ad hoc or oversight committees. The Supreme Court shall designatea liaison to each committee.

(2) Composition of committees. The Supreme Courtshall determine the size of each committee based upon the workload of theindividual committees. The committees should be broadly representative of thelegal community and should include practicing lawyers, academicians, andjudges. Members should possess expertise within the committee?s jurisdiction. Acommittee may also have up to two nonvoting emeritus members. An emeritusmember has the same authority and duties as other committee members, exceptthat such member shall have no authority to vote. An emeritus member may servetwo terms in addition to the terms served as a member.

(3) Application and recruitment of committee members. Vacancieson the advisory committees shall be announced in a manner reasonably calculatedto reach members of the Utah State Bar. The notice shall specify the name ofthe committee that has the vacancy, a brief description of the committee?sresponsibilities, the method for submitting an application or letter ofinterest, and the application deadline. Members of the committees or theSupreme Court may solicit applications for membership on the committees.Applications and letters of interest shall be submitted to the Supreme Court.

(4) Appointment of advisory committee members and chair. Uponexpiration of the application deadline, the Supreme Court shall review theapplications and letters of interest and appoint those individuals who are bestsuited to serve on the committee. Members shall be appointed to serve staggeredthree-year terms. In the event of a mid-term vacancy the Supreme Court shallappoint a new member to serve for the remainder of the term. The Supreme Courtshall select a chair from among the committee?s members. The Supreme Court mayselect a vice-chair from among the committee?s members. No member may servemore than two full consecutive terms on the committee unless appointed by theSupreme Court as the committee chair, vice-chair, or when justified by specialcircumstances, such as an academician or court staff attorney. Generally,members appointed as chair or vice-chair may serve only one term in each leadershipposition, not to exceed two additional terms. ?Judges who serve as members of the committeesgenerally shall not be selected as chairs. Committee members shall serve asofficers of the court and not as representatives of any client, employer, orother organization or interest group. At the first meeting of a committee inany calendar year, and at every meeting at which a new member of the committeefirst attends, each committee member shall briefly disclose the general natureof his or her legal practice.

(5) Absences. In the event that a committee memberfails to attend three committee meetings during a calendar year, the chair maynotify the Supreme Court of those absences and may request that the SupremeCourt replace that committee member.

(6) Administrative assistance. The AdministrativeOffice of the Courts shall coordinate staff support to each committee,including the assistance of the Office of General Counsel in research anddrafting and the coordination of secretarial support and publicationactivities.

(7) Recording secretaries. A committee chair mayappoint a third-year law student, a member of the Bar in good standing, or alegal secretary to serve as a recording secretary for the committee. Therecording secretary shall attend and take minutes at committee meetings,provide research and drafting assistance to committee members and perform otherassignments as requested by the chair.

 

Effective July 9,2021