Age rule forces Tubbs off bench

Search underway for November replacement

Judge David Tubbs’ office will be vacated by the end of the year, when a new judge will take his place on the Grand County Justice Court. Photo by Carter Pape

A state law that requires judges in Utah to retire at age 70 has created a vacancy in Grand County Justice Court. Judge David Tubbs will have to step down from the position on Nov. 3.

Justices of the court are not required to be attorneys. Eligibility requirements are that applicants are at least 25 years old, a citizen of the U.S., and a resident of Grand or an adjacent county for the immediately previous six months.

Information on judicial retention and performance evaluation is posted at under employment opportunities. According to the Administrative Office of the Courts, applicants must complete a judicial office form, which can be downloaded at

The annual salary range is from nearly $30,000 to more than $53,000 per year.

The Grand County Council recently discussed the pending vacancy and noted the salary would be dependant on experience and caseload. Benefits could possibly become part of the employment package.

For more information, contact Renee Baker at 435-259-1323 or email her at [email protected].

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Aug. 12. Send applications to Amy Hernandez, Administrative Office of the Courts, P.O. Box 140241, Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-0241. For an application or information, email [email protected].

The Utah Judicial Nominating Commission must submit three to five nominees to the Grand County Council. The council would have 30 days to make a selection, which the Utah Judicial Commission must certify.