The 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission has selected nominees for a vacancy on the 2nd District Juvenile Court.  The vacancy results from the retirement of Judge Janice Frost, July 1, 2018. The 2nd Judicial District includes Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.  

The nominees for the vacancy are: Katharina Christiansen, assistant attorney general, Utah Attorney General’s Office; Debra Jensen Merkley, managing attorney, Office of Guardian ad Litem; Ryan Perkins, deputy county attorney, Davis County Attorney’s Office; Brandon Poll, criminal division chief, Davis County Attorney’s Office; L. Todd Sessions, attorney, Law Office of Todd Sessions, LLC.

Written comments can be submitted to the 2nd District Judicial Nominating Commission Chair Mark Johnson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice, P.O. Box 142330, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2330.  The deadline for written comments is noon June 11, 2018.

The Nominating Commission may request further information or conduct an investigation of the nominees after reviewing public comments.  After the public comment period, the names will be sent to Gov. Gary R. Herbert, who will have 30 days to make an appointment. Gov. Herbert’s appointee is subject to confirmation by the Utah Senate.