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October 31, 2011

Wireless Password: knead

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of October 31, 2011 is knead.

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October 28, 2011

Amended Rules of Civil Procedure

readingrules.JPGThe Utah Supreme Court has approved amendments to a number of Utah Rules of Civil Procedure that are effective for all cases filed on or after November 1, 2011. Note that there are extensive changes to the civil discourse and discovery rules.

The following rules have been amended:

URCP 1. General provisions.
URCP 8. General rules of pleadings.
URCP 9. Pleading special matters.
URCP 16. Pretrial conferences.
URCP 26. General provisions governing disclosure and discovery.
URCP 26.01. Disclosure in domestic relations actions.
URCP 29. Stipulations regarding disclosure and discovery procedure.
URCP 30. Depositions upon oral questions.
URCP 31. Depositions upon written questions.
URCP 33. Interrogatories to parties.
URCP 34. Production of documents and things and entry upon land for inspection and other purposes.
URCP 35. Physical and mental examination of persons.
URCP 36. Request for admission.
URCP 37. Discovery and disclosure motions; Sanctions.
URCP 54. Judgments; costs.

To see the text of the amendments, go to Utah State Court Rules - Approved and then click on the rule number. Updated versions of the rules will be posted to the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure pages on or about the effective date of the amendments.

October 27, 2011

Access & Fairness Survey Results Released

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The annual Access and Fairness Survey results were recently released and the results are now available online. The survey has been conducted each year since 2006. Individuals are polled in each district courthouse in the state for one day. Responses came from litigants, their friends and family members, attorneys and paralegals, social workers, agency staff and law enforcement.

The survey measured court users’ views in 20 areas, including ease of parking, safety in courthouses, language barriers, disability accommodation, business hours, the time needed to finish court business, treatment by court staff, and whether their hearing was fair.

In nearly all areas surveyed, 90 percent or more of respondents rated the courts adequate or better on a five-point scale.

Halloween Resources and Events

jackolantern.jpgNext Monday is Halloween. The U.S. Census Bureau has put together an interesting facts page for the popular holiday, including the number of businesses where you can rent or buy costumes (1,719 in 2009) and how many pounds of pumpkins are produced in the U.S. (1.1 billion pounds in 2010).

Many Utah cities and police departments have put together safety tip guides for trick or treaters and parents, including Layton, Sandy, and Lehi.

In addition to trick or treat activities, Utah cities, libraries, and schools may also be hosting Halloween activities. Contact your local city or county office, public library, or school district to see if there are Halloween related activities for you and your family. You can also search for events on the Utah Office of Tourism online calendar.

October 25, 2011

National Pro Bono Week

Probono.bmpOctober 23-29 is Pro Bono Week, a national celebration and promotion of pro bono volunteerism among attorneys.

Utah will be celebrating Pro Bono Week with a variety of activities, including free legal clinics for the public, a movie night, a Pro Bono social and a Pro Bono Jam concert.

On Tuesday, October 25, there will be a "Legal Clinic Blitz." In addition to the regularly-held Street Law Legal Clinic in Salt Lake City and Talk to a Lawyer Clinic in St. George, there will be a free legal clinic in Orem on the fourth floor of the UVU Library from 6:00-8:30 pm.

October 24, 2011

Wireless Password: jumps

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of October 24, 2011 is jumps.

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October 21, 2011

Federal Court Opinions on FDSys

CourtOpinionsFDSys.bmpThe U.S. Government Printing Office's (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDSys) is offering a beta version of a database of federal court opinions for three federal courts:

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit (2001-present)
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island (2005-present)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida (2006-present)

GPO encourages users to try it out and submit comments.

October 20, 2011

New Utah Judges Confirmed

ct mtns.jpgThe Utah State Senate voted yesterday, Oct. 19, 2011, to confirm Ryan M. Harris and Elizabeth A. Hruby-Mills as judges in the Third District Court.

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

After the governor makes his nomination, the Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee convenes to discuss the character and fitness of each nominee. If the committee gives a favorable report for the nominee, their name is forwarded to the entire senate for confirmation. The Senate Judicial Confirmation Committee met on Oct. 17, 2011, to interview and question the nominees. A copy of the agenda and an audio recording of the meeting is found here.

October 18, 2011

Nuevos Recursos en Español

El Tribunal de Utah tiene nuevos recursos en Español en su sitio de web. En nuestro canal de YouTube, hay dos nuevos videos en Español: Los Derechos de los Acusados y Los Derechos de los Acusados Menores de edad. En estos, usted puede aprender acerca de lo que se espera en una audencia ante el juez, incluyendo sus derechos o las multas o los castigos que podrían haber.

Tambien hay nuevos recursos sobre el sitio del Tribunal de Utah, incluyendo:

  • Cómo Cobrar un Laudo
  • Dando Respuesta a una Queja o Demanda
  • Entrega formal de documentos/Notificación Judicial
  • Encontrar Ayuda Legal

Si usted quiere ayuda con su caso, le recomendamos a hablar con un abogado o a ir a un taller juridico. El Directorio de Referencia de Abogados en linea del Colegio de Abogados del Estado de Utah le permite buscar abogados por especialidad y por idioma dominado.

Puede usted encontrar una lista con talleres juridicos mediante el sitio del Tribunal de Utah. En un taller juridico, usted puede hablar con un abogado gratis por 10-15 minutos. Muchos talleres juridicos tienen personas disponibles que hablan Español.

Click here to read the blog post in English.

New Spanish Resources

The Utah State Courts has new Spanish resources online. On the Courts' You Tube Channel, there are two court videos in Spanish: Rights of Juveniles and Rights of Criminal Defendants. In these, you can learn more about what you should expect if you have a hearing before a judge, including what rights you have and what possible fines or punishments you could face.

There are also new Spanish resources on the courts' website, including:

  • How to Collect a Judgment
  • Answering a Complaint or Petition
  • Serving Papers/Service of Papers
  • Finding Legal Help

    If you are looking for assistance with your case, we encourage you to speak with an attorney or attend a free legal clinic statewide. The State Bar's website has a lawyer referral directory which you can search online. You can search for attorneys that speak Spanish. You can find a list of free legal clinics online, where you can speak with an attorney at no cost for 10-15 minutes. Many free legal clinics have Spanish speakers available.

    Clic aquí para leer la entrada de blog en Español.

  • October 17, 2011

    Wireless Password: igloo

    keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of October 17, 2011 is igloo.

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    October 10, 2011

    Wireless Password: harps

    keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of October 10, 2011 is harps.

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    October 07, 2011

    Law Library Closed on Columbus Day

    The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Monday, October 10 in celebration of Columbus Day. The designation of Columbus Day as a legal holiday in Utah can be found at U.C.A. §63G-1-301.

    To learn more about Christopher Columbus and early exploration of American territory, visit the Library of Congress's American Memory page about Columbus Day resources.

    October 06, 2011

    PACER training online

    PACER.bmpHave you ever wondered how to use PACER to search for federal court records? Now you can use a free PACER training site to explore the program's search functions and capabilities, including case number, party name, and attorney name searches.

    The training site will give you a login and password, and you can search real cases from the New York Western District Court filed between January 1 and July 1, 2007. You may also use your own PACER login information to access the training site.

    There are other PACER trainings available, including how to efile in federal district, appellate, and bankruptcy courts.

    In other PACER news, fees to use PACER will increase on April 1, 2012. The fee will increase from the current 8¢ per page to 10¢ per page. However, the amount under which quarterly search fees are waived will also increase. Currently, fees are waived if you don't accrue more than $10 in search fees each quarter. This amount will go up to $15 per quarter next April.

    October 03, 2011

    Wireless Password: gloom

    keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of October 3, 2011 is gloom.

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