SALT LAKE CITY — Five attorneys have been nominated to fill an upcoming opening on the 3rd District Court bench.

The vacancy will be left when Judge William Barrett's retirement goes into effect Nov. 1. Patricia Cassell, Paul Parker and Michael Postma, all of the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office; Gregory Hoole, a partner at Hoole & King; and Barry Lawrence, of the Utah Attorney General's Office, have all received nominations.

Written comments on the nominations can be sent to 3rd District Judicial Nominating Commission Chair Deirdre Straight, Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, P.O. Box 142330, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2330. Written comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Aug. 10.

The nominating commission may conduct an investigation or request additional information of the nominees after reviewing the public comments. After the public comment period is closed, the names will be sent to Gov. Gary Herbert, who will then have 30 days to make an appointment. The governor's appointee will be subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.

The 3rd Judicial District includes Salt Lake, Summit and Tooele counties.