Gov. Norm Bangerter has been given three names for consideration in replacing retiring 5th Circuit Judge Robert F. Owens.
The names submitted by the 5th Circuit Nominating Commission from a list of 11 applicants were Garth Rand Beacham, Barbara Gail Hjelle and James Lynn Shumate.Beacham is a partner with the law firm of Jones, Waldo, Holbrook & McDonough; Hjelle is an associate attorney with Thompson, Hughes & Reber; Shumate is a self-employed attorney.
Bangerter has 30 days to make his selection and the Utah Senate has another 30 days to confirm or reject the appointment. The 5th Judicial Circuit includes Beaver, Iron and Washington counties.