The Utah Court of Appeals will hold sessions in Ogden on Friday, Oct. 29, at 10 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. in the courtroom ordinarily used by Commissioner Maurice Richards.
Judge Gregory K. Orme, an Ogden native, will chair the sessions, joined by Judges Pamela T. Greenwood and Leonard H. Russon. Greenwood and Orme were appointed by Gov. Norman H. Bangerter in January 1987, when the court came into existence. Russon was appointed to the court by Bangerter in 1991. The court's upcoming session represents only the second time in recent years when an appellate court has conducted proceedings in Weber County.Since its inception in 1987, the Court of Appeals, based in Salt Lake City, has conducted proceedings in such locations as Logan, Brigham City, St. George, Cedar City, Vernal, Richfield, Manti, Fillmore and Provo.
According to Orme, it is merely a "happy coincidence" that the upcoming Ogden session coincides with the recent appointment of Ogden attorney James Z. Davis to the court.
"Our sessions are scheduled months in advance," said Orme. "I don't think Jim was even a finalist for the position when the Ogden sessions were scheduled."
The court will hear six cases, including both civil and criminal appeals. The first case, state of Utah vs. Morgan, is an appeal from a manslaughter conviction involving the death of a child. Falula Farms vs. Ludlow involves a property dispute. At issue in Drysdale vs. Rogers is whether parents had a duty to "control" their adult son, who was allegedly driving while intoxicated and was involved in an auto accident with injuries. The remaining three appeals involve divorce cases, two of which challenge the award of child support and alimony.
Orme says only two of the cases originated in Weber County. Two are Cache County cases and one is from Box Elder County. The sixth case started out in Rich County. "Although Ogden is a convenient location for hearing these northern Utah cases, attorneys will be coming from as far north as Logan and as far south as Provo," Orme said.
Because all of the cases have already been decided at trial court, the appellate court will not hear from witnesses or receive evidence. Rather, as is typical for appellate court proceedings, the court will hear brief arguments from the litigants' attorneys on whether the decision already reached was legally correct.