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March 28, 2011

Court of Appeals Briefs

The library has received 76 Court of Appeals briefs. The docket numbers range from 20070560 to 20100334 (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 25ยข per page and will scan the briefs and email them to you.

Wireless Password: flyer

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of March 28, 2011 is flyer.

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March 24, 2011

Utah Federal Court Documents - Online Sources


We've blogged in the past about PACER, the database for finding federal court records, but did you know that there are other online resources where Utah federal court documents are available for free?

  • Use CourtWeb to search records from select federal district and bankruptcy courts nationwide. You can do a quick search of records and narrow by the judge's name and/or date or a full-text search.
  • The Utah Federal District Court page has links to recent opinions issued by judges going back to 2004. You can sort each page by filing date, case number, or judge's name.
  • The Utah Federal District Court page also has links to orders and judgments by date.

March 23, 2011

April Classes

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

Small Claims Basics
Thursday, April 7th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Collecting a Judgment Basics
Thursday, April 14th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Court Website & State Law Library Basics
Friday, April 15th, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Landlord-Tenant Basics
Thursday, April 21st, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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

Class size is limited, so registration is required. To reserve your spot:
call 801-238-7990 or email library@email.utcourts.gov.

Please Be Prompt!
As a courtesy to our volunteer instructors, please be on time. Classes may be canceled if students are not present at the scheduled start time.

March 22, 2011

Tax Season Resources


The tax filing deadline is fast approaching. This year, tax season is three days longer. Federal taxes are due by April 18th, 2011, because April 15th is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C.

Here are a few resources we've blogged about in the past to help you file your taxes:

  • Utah residents who make less than $49,000 per year qualify for tax preparation assistance from Utah's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Search for a site near you online or call 211 to schedule an appointment.
  • Those 60 and over can use AARP's Tax-Aide program, which is available at libraries and senior centers throughout the state.

The IRS has several online resources for individuals and businesses who are preparing their own taxes. One of these is an Interactive Tax Assistant tool, which features frequently asked questions about tax preparation topics like credits and deductions. When you choose a question, the program interviews you for a short time (5 to 15 minutes), and then provides an answer.

The IRS has a video portal featuring presentations on a variety of topics for individuals and businesses, such as home office deductions or earned income tax credits. Written transcripts are below the video presentations.

March 21, 2011

Wireless Password: event

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of March 21, 2011 is event.

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March 18, 2011

New Alternative Service Forms

Not able to find someone to serve them, even after you've tried some of the suggestions on the courts' Finding People for Service of Process page?

The Utah State Courts' website now provides forms for asking the court to allow you to serve someone by alternative service. These forms include options for newer ways to notify someone about a court action against them, including electronic means (such as email), or social media (such as Facebook).

If you need help filling out forms, consider hiring an attorney or speaking to a lawyer at a free legal clinic.

March 16, 2011

New Safety Recalls Database

saferproducts.bmpThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has just launched a new safety recalls database, SaferProducts.Gov.

The database is a one-stop site where consumers can both report and search safety incidents. The database was created pursuant to Section 212 of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008.

To learn how you can report a product safety issue online, watch the How To File a Report video. You can still report a safety issue by phone or fax, or download a form to report by postal mail or email.

We have blogged in the past about sources of information about product safety recalls announced by the CPSC.

March 14, 2011

2011 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

IMG_2702.jpgThursday, March 10, was the last day of the Utah State Legislature's 2011 General Session.

You can view the bills that passed during the session here, and note whether Governor Herbert has signed the bills into law. If the governor does not veto or sign the passed bills, the bills become law 20 days after adjournment.

If you're interested in what happened during each day of the session, you can read the House and Senate Journals, which document vote counts, committee referrals for bills, and often include amended or substituted language in bills proposed by legislators.

The 2011 General Session page also links to 2011 Selected Highlights.

Wireless Password: dozed

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of March 14, 2011 is dozed.

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March 11, 2011

New Book: Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History

cover0001.jpgWe recently received Guide to Research in Federal Judicial History, a comprehensive guide to sources of judicial records, as part of the Federal Depository Library Program.

This resource describes the records of the federal courts themselves, as well as records of other branches of government that provide information about federal judicial history. These include records of Congress and executive branch agencies. Many of the records are held by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Record types range from case files to images of federal courthouses to personal records of federal judges.

March 10, 2011

New Adoption of a Minor Stepchild Webpage and Forms

The Utah State Courts' website has a new Adopting a Minor Stepchild web page. The new page provides information about the process and forms.

The primary focus of this page is on procedures when everyone involved is in agreement and cooperating. It does not include information or forms for litigating the adoption, and it does not include information or forms for other types of adoptions, such as adoptions through an agency, adoptions by other family members, or adoptions of an adult.

If you need help filling out forms, consider hiring an attorney or speaking to a lawyer at a free legal clinic.

March 07, 2011

National Consumer Protection Week

National Consumer Protection WeekMarch 6 - 12 is National Consumer Protection Week.

The National Consumer Protection Week website provides information on a variety of consumer topics including banking, business resources, credit and debt, health, identity theft and privacy, investing, mortgages, and scam and fraud alerts.

The website also offers a blog and a Spanish-language page, Semana Nacional de Protección del Consumidor 2011.

Wireless Password: comfy

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of March 7, 2011 is comfy.

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March 04, 2011

Guardianship of a Minor Presentations

Hopscotch.JPGThe Utah State Courts' website now offers three short narrated presentations about guardianship of a minor proceedings. The presentations are divided into these broad topics:

You'll need the free Adobe Flash Player to play these presentations.

The State Law Library also has an 83-minute DVD of our Guardianship of a Minor Basics class, which you can watch in the library or purchase. See our Library Classes page for more information.

You can use the Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) to generate the papwerwork to start a minor guardianship case.

March 02, 2011

New Utah Judge Confirmed

ct mtns.jpgThe Utah State Senate yesterday voted to confirm Sherene T. Dillon as a new juvenile court judge for the second district.

For information about the new judge, see Governor Herbert's news release announcing his nomination.

After the governor makes his nomination, the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee convenes to discuss the character and fitness of the nominee. If the committee gives a favorable report for the nominee, their name is forwarded to the entire senate.

March 01, 2011

New Book: Utah Auto Law

ut_auto_law.jpgWe have recently received Utah Auto Law, by Randall Bunnell in our library.

Topics covered in this book include damages, evidence and procedure, liabiilty, intoxication, negligence, settlements and releases and wrongful death.

This book joins Utah's modest collection of practice titles: Family Law in Utah, Mangrum & Benson on Utah Evidence, Trial Handbook for Utah Lawyers, Utah Civil Practice, Utah Probate System and Utah Real Property Law.

You are welcome to use all of these books in the law library.