Tom Smart, Deseret News
Judge William Thorne is retiring on September 15. Applications are now being accepted to fill his position on the Utah Court of Appeals.

SALT LAKE CITY — Applications are now being accepted for the position of judge of the Utah Court of Appeals. The vacancy results from the pending retirement of Judge William A. Thorne Jr., effective Sept. 15.

Applications must be received by the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice no later than 5 p.m., July 19. Applicants must submit: (1) a completed application form, (2) a legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages (writing sample may be an excerpt), and (3) a two-page essay on the following topic: A Personal or Professional Experience That Influenced My Approach to the Practice of Law.

Application forms and the complete Announcement of Judicial Vacancy can be found at:

The Appellate Court Nominating Commission will certify to Gov. Gary Herbert a list of the seven most qualified applicants. The governor will have 30 days to appoint a judge from the seven nominees, and the appointment is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.