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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A northern Utah lawmaker is not pleased with an effort to eliminate a judgeship in his area and use those savings to create a new bench position in southern Utah.
Rep. Curtis Oda, R-Clearfield, says the Utah Judicial Council is violating state law by not moving forward with the nominating process to replace 2nd District Judge Rodney Page. Page announced his retirement a year ago.
The Judicial Council says the position has been left open because of budget concerns.
However, Oda notes that last month the council voted to ask legislators to replace the position with a new 5th District juvenile judge.
The move was opposed by the state's Board of District Judges and Michael Lyon, the presiding judge in the 2nd District.
Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune
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