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April 27, 2010

New Airline Passenger Protections

Airlines.jpgSummer is just around the corner. If you're planning to travel for vacations, holidays, or family reunions, you should know there are new regulations introducing airline passenger protections that will go into effect on April 29th. These were issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The new regulations require airlines to make changes including:

  • adopting contingency plans for tarmac delays
  • publishing flight delay information on their websites
  • responding to and resolving consumer complaints within 60 days
Consumers can file airline service complaints with the Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement division of the Department of Transportation or with the Better Business Bureau.

April 26, 2010

Wireless Password: jello

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of April 26, 2010 is jello.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

April 23, 2010

Lawsuits Involving Military Service Members

hillafb.JPEGWhen a military service member is involved in civil litigation, federal law provides certain rights and protections for the service member. With Hill Air Force base and other military installations in Utah, Utah State Courts created a web page with legal information for service members, including information on stays, default judgments, rights under Utah law and legal forms. More resources for service members and veterans are found through the Courts' Self-Help Resources page here.

If you are an attorney in Utah willing to represent a service member facing default judgment, you can volunteer by filling out this entry form. For more information about volunteering, visit the Service Member Attorney Volunteers page.

April 21, 2010

May Class List

columnsHere is the list of free classes the Utah State Law Library is offering in May:

Small Claims Basics
Thursday May 6th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Collecting a Judgment Basics
Thursday May 13th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Court Website & State Law Library Basics
Friday May 14th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Guardianship of an Adult Basics
Thursday May 20th, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Landlord-Tenant Basics
Thursday May 27th, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

All classes are held in the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City.

To register for these classes call 801-238-7990 or email library@email.utcourts.gov.

Court of Appeals Briefs

The library has received 16 new Court of Appeal briefs. The docket numbers range from 20070511 to 20090382 (list not inclusive).

If you're looking for a specific brief, contact the library by phone (801-238-7990) or email to make sure we have it. If you can't come in to make copies yourself, we offer a document delivery service for 25¢ per page and will scan the briefs and email them to you.

April 19, 2010

National Park Week

arches.jpegApril 17-25, 2010 is National Park Week. To help celebrate and promote America's National Parks, entrance fees to all national parks will be waived.

The National Park Service was created in 1916 as a division within the Department of the Interior to "conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations" (16 U.S.C. §1). Utah has five national parks, and seven national monuments.

To read more about the history of the National Park Service, check out its History page with links to stories, essays, and park histories.

Wireless Password: icing

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of April 19, 2010 is icing.

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April 16, 2010

Book Drive Update

IMG_3838.jpg Today is the last day of our National Library Week celebration, as well as the last day of the Utah State Law Library's book drive for Catholic Community Services' Weigand Center. So far, over 400 books have been donated, as well as a variety of magazine titles. Thank you to everyone who has donated!

April 14, 2010

National Bookmobile Day

Today is National Bookmobile Day!

Here are some facts about Utah's bookmobile program :

  • They travel 150,000 miles each year
  • They serve 303 bookmobile stops in 14 Utah Counties
  • They serve 89 schools (public, charter and Head Start)
  • They serve over 200,000 Utah readers
  • They offer internet service.

April 13, 2010

National Library Workers Day

As part of the ongoing National Library Week celebration, today has been designated National Library Workers Day.

Utah's libraries employ hundreds of people - more than 1,000 in public libraries alone. Without those workers, libraries would merely be buildings with books and computers - it's the people who make the institutions come alive.

I would like to express my appreciation to the team at the Utah State Law Library for their dedication to our cause: providing access to legal information for all Utahns. Thank you for your hard work.

April 12, 2010

Wireless Password: humus

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of April 12, 2010 is humus.

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April 09, 2010

National Library Week Book & Magazine Drive

Next week is National Library Week!

You can help the Utah State Law Library celebrate by donating books and magazines for homeless adult readers.

We are collecting books and magazines for Catholic Community Services’ Weigand Center, which offers a broad range of services to homeless adults. Your donations will fill the shelves of their library.

Drop off your books and magazines at the State Law Library in Room W-13 on the first floor of the Matheson Courthouse (450 South State Street) through next Friday, April 16th.

For more information, contact the State Law Library at 801-238-7990 or library@email.utcourts.gov

Tax Time

taxes.jpegThe April 15th tax filing deadline is quickly approaching. The IRS has many resources to help you file your federal tax returns. Its Forms and Publications page lets you download printable version of tax forms. You can also file your taxes online. If you're completing your federal taxes on your own, check out Your Federal Income Tax for Individuals, an IRS publication that helps you decide what deductions may be available for you.

The Utah State Tax Commission also features a printable forms and tax guides page and a new e-filing program called Taxpayer Access Point (TAP). The Tax Commission has developed online tutorials on how to use the new program.

If you're interested in finding free help to fill out your taxes, there are many options. If you make $42,000 per year or less, you can go to a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic. If you are over 60, find an AARP Tax-Aide site near you (AARP membership is not required). Military members and their families can obtain tax assistance on base--check with your local Armed Forces Legal Assistance office.

If you are hiring someone to help you prepare your taxes, be sure to read the IRS's Tips for Choosing a Tax Preparer to help you avoid scams.

April 07, 2010

Proposed Mail Delivery Change

USPSmailbox.jpeg You may have heard in the news that the U.S. Postal Service is proposing to reduce mail delivery from six days to five days per week. This is in response to budget shortfalls and a decline in the amount of mail processed through the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S. Congress has required six-day delivery service as part of appropriations acts for several decades (see 39 U.S.C. §403 note [2006] [Continuation of Mail Delivery Services]).

The first step in requesting the change in service is requesting an opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), as described in 39 U.S.C. §3661. You can read all documents submitted as part of this request, including motions, orders, and interrogatories.

There are two ways the general public can submit comments to the PRC regarding the proposed changes:

  1. Use the online comment form through the PRC website; or
  2. File a notice of intervention online in compliance with the Commission's Rules of Practice.

April 05, 2010

Wireless Password: gumbo

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of April 5, 2010 is gumbo.

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April 02, 2010

Avoid Census Scams

census.gifYesterday, April 1st, was officially declared Census Day to help remind everyone to mail back their census forms. If you don't mail back your census form, a census taker will visit you up to three times to collect census information.

The FTC has recently announced an alert to protect citizens from census scams, whether in person or online. Official census takers must show ID, and they will never ask to enter your home. Census takers are only allowed to ask questions that appear on the printed census forms. The U.S. Census provides some tips on what to do when a densus taker visits you.

All U.S. Census correspondence is sent by mail and only has ten questions. None of these questions ask for credit card information, bank account numbers, passwords, or social security numbers. The census form will also be sent with an pre-paid postage return envelope.

If you receive an email with attachments or links to websites claiming to be from the Census Bureau, be sure not to open the email, its attachments, or click on a link. You are encouraged to report suspicious emails or websites to the FTC or to the Census Bureau.