Two city attorneys have been selected to fill upcoming vacancies in circuit courts in northern and eastern Utah.
Gov. Norm Bangerter has appointed Price and Heber City prosecutor Bryce Bryner to replace 7th Circuit Judge John Ruggeri, who will retire Dec. 31. The 7th Circuit covers Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties.Bryner, 44, former president of the Eastern Utah Bar Association, maintains a private practice in addition to his government posts.
The governor chose Burton Harris, Smithfield and Hyde Park city attorney, to succeed Judge Ted Perry in the 1st Circuit. Perry is retiring Dec. 31.
Harris, 59, was Cache County attorney from 1961-78. He is a former Utah State Bar commissioner.
The Cache valley native obtained his bachelor's degree from Utah State University, and graduated from the University of Utah Law School.
The appointments face confirmation by the Utah Senate.
The Utah State Bar Commission has postponed further action in the public disciplinary trial of bankruptcy attorney Richard Calder until Dec. 20.
Calder's trial was supposed to conclude Dec. 5, however the commission continued the trial to hear further testimony.
The bar commission is trying to determine whether Calder violated the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct. The bar is considering two formal complaints against Calder brought by three clients who allege several violations of the rules of conduct.
Depending on the seriousness of the violations, the commission may reprimand, suspend or disbar Calder.