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S.B. 129 Enrolled
AN ACT RELATING TO THE JUDICIAL CODE; CLARIFYING THAT CERTAIN
INFORMATION CONCERNING JUDGES BROUGHT TO THE JUDICIAL CONDUCT
COMMISSION OR THE SUPREME COURT IS PRIVILEGED INFORMATION AND
MAY NOT BE DISCLOSED UNTIL AFTER A FINAL ORDER IS ENTERED; AND
CLARIFYING THAT PRIVATE REPRIMANDS MAY NOT BE ISSUED AFTER
INITIATION OF A FORMAL HEARING.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
78-7-30, as last amended by Chapter 120, Laws of Utah 1996
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 78-7-30 is amended to read:
78-7-30. Authority of Judicial Conduct Commission -- Procedure for removal,
suspension, censure, reprimand, or involuntary retirement.
(1) The Judicial Conduct Commission is authorized to receive any complaint directly from
(2) (a) After an investigation, the Judicial Conduct Commission may order a formal
hearing to be held concerning the removal, suspension, censure, public [
involuntary retirement of a justice, judge, or justice court judge.
(b) The commission shall provide the justice or judge with all information necessary to
prepare an adequate response or defense, which may include the identity of the complainant.
(c) A formal hearing may be conducted before a quorum of the commission. Any finding
or order shall be made upon a majority vote of the quorum.
(3) (a) Alternatively, the commission may appoint three special masters, who are justices
or judges of courts of record, to hear and take evidence in the matter and to report to the
(b) After the formal hearing or after considering the record and report of the masters, if the
commission finds good cause, it shall order the removal, suspension, censure, reprimand, or
involuntary retirement of the justice, judge, or justice court judge.
(4) Rules and procedures in effect prior to July 1, 1996, are exempt from Title 63, Chapter
46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, on or after July 1, 1996, the commission shall make rules
in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, governing the
issuance of private reprimands, including rules for disclosing the information to the Judicial Council.
A private reprimand may be issued only if a formal hearing is not conducted regarding this matter.
(5) (a) Prior to the implementation of any commission order under Subsection (1) or (2), the
Supreme Court shall review the record of the proceedings on the law and facts and may permit the
introduction of additional evidence. The Supreme Court shall enter its order implementing,
modifying, or rejecting the commission's order.
(b) (i) Upon an order for retirement, the justice, judge, or justice court judge shall retire with
the same rights and privileges as if the justice, judge, or justice court judge retired pursuant to
(ii) Upon an order for removal, the justice, judge, or justice court judge shall be removed
from office and his salary or compensation ceases from the date of the order.
(iii) Upon an order for suspension from office, the justice, judge, or justice court judge may
not perform any judicial functions and may not receive a salary for the period of suspension.
testimony in the course of proceedings before[
masters appointed under Subsection (2)[
privileged in any civil action. Complaints, papers, or testimony may not be disclosed by the
commission, masters, or any court until the Supreme Court has entered its final order in accordance
with this section, except:
disclosed without consent of the judge or justice to the person who filed the complaint or allegation.
(7) Rules and procedures in effect prior to July 1, 1996, are exempt from Title 63, Chapter
46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, on or after July 1, 1996, the Judicial Conduct
Commission shall make rules in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
Rulemaking Act, outlining its procedures and the appointment of masters. A justice, judge, or
justice court judge who is a member of the commission or the Supreme Court may not participate
in any proceedings involving the justice's, judge's, or justice court judge's own removal or retirement.
(8) Retirement for disability or involuntary retirement as provided by Sections 78-7-28
through 78-7-30 shall be processed through the Utah State Retirement Office, and the judge retiring
shall meet the requirements for retirement as specified in Sections 78-7-28 through 78-7-30.
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