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November 29, 2011

Mobile version of PACER

PACER.bmpThere is a new mobile-friendly website for PACER, the U.S. Federal Courts' records database. Now you can access federal district court case information without needing to use a desktop computer or laptop.

Never used PACER before? Check out our previous post on PACER training available online or read the PACER User Manual.

November 28, 2011

Wireless Password: order

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of November 28, 2011 is order.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

November 23, 2011

Amended Rules of Civil Procedure - Update

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.

UPDATE: You can now view both versions of the rules at the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure page -- the rules governing lawsuits filed prior to November 1, 2011, have this notation after the rule name: (superseded 11/1/2011). Questions? Contact the Utah State Law Library.

November 22, 2011

Library Closed on Thanksgiving Day

Turkey_Pardon_2009.jpgThe Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving. Regular hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) resume on Friday.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November since 1941. For more information about the history of Thanksgiving in the United States, visit the Library of Congress' Today in History page for November 25.

Interested in more Thanksgiving traditions? A curious holiday tradition happens at the White House the day before Thanksgiving: the presidential pardon of a turkey. On Wednesday, President Obama will pardon the national Thanksgiving turkey, just as he did in 2009 and in 2010. The text of the presidential pardons of the Thanksgiving turkey is available in the Compilation of Presidential Documents. The presidential pardoning was not a consistent tradition until 1989 by President George H.W. Bush.

November 21, 2011

Wireless Password: needy

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of November 21, 2011 is needy.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

November 17, 2011

New Court of Appeals Briefs

The library has received 28 Court of Appeals briefs. The docket numbers range from 20080802--20101031 (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.

November 15, 2011

National Family Caregivers Month

IMG_1186.JPGNovember is National Family Caregivers Month, and seeks to draw awareness to the needs and challenges of family caregivers who may be assisting adults and/or children with special needs. USA.Gov has a directory of federal resources for family caregivers, including home and community resources for veterans and hospice care locators.

The state of Utah has a variety of resources for caregivers, including:

The Utah State Courts website has information about guardianship and conservatorship in Utah. You can complete court forms for a minor guardianship using the Online Court Assistance Program. The courts' YouTube channel has videos about Guardianship of an Adult and Guardianship of a Minor available to watch at any time.

November 14, 2011

Wireless password: mouse

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of November 14, 2011 is mouse.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

November 10, 2011

Law Library Closed on Veterans Day

utahva.bmp The Law Library, and all Utah State Courts, will be closed on Friday, November 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

Looking for information about benefits and services for Utah's veterans? Check out the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs website and our blog post on Federal Benefits for Veterans.

Another useful resource for veterans is the White House-sponsored Joining Forces website that provides links to veteran resources, including a job bank and volunteer opportunities. Governor Herbert also recently announced an initiative with the Utah Department of Workforce Services that aims to match Utah veterans and Utah National Guard members with civilian jobs using their military occupational specialty.

If you are looking for ways to celebrate veterans this year, the VA website lists upcoming events, including Veterans Day celebrations or check your local newspaper for event information.

November 09, 2011

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System

fema.JPGToday at noon MST, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a nationwide test of the emergency alert system. This means that television and radio broadcasts will be interrupted for about 30 seconds with an emergency alert similar to the local emergency alert tests you are used to seeing or hearing. This is the first time the emergency alert test has been conducted nationally and includes all 50 states and territories including American Samoa, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In a real emergency, the president has the power through Executive Order 13407 to use this emergency alert system and it can be used "in situations of war, terrorist attack, natural disaster, or other hazards to public safety and well-being..."

For more information about the emergency alert system test, visit the FAQ section of FEMA's website.

November 08, 2011

Cutting Christmas Trees in National Forests

Christmas Tree.jpg In order to cut down a Christmas tree on national forest land, you must first get a permit and follow the rules set by the Forest Service. You can apply for a permit at a number of Forest Service locations. Find information about applying for permits here. Note that each national forest has its own rules you must follow, from the number of trees you can cut per household, the type of tree you can cut down, and there may be special rules about the height of the tree you can cut.

Find a Utah Forest Service office by visiting the Forest Service's website.

Guide to the Courts / Guía a los Tribunales

Matheson.bmpThe Administrative Office of the Courts has released a Spanish translation of the Guide to the Courts publication. The 40-page Guía a los Tribunales includes information to help individuals understand the state's court system. The guide includes information on each level of court, criminal and civil processes, and court proceedings. In addition, common legal terms are included in the guide along with flow charts outlining how a case moves through the court process.

La oficina Administrativa de los Tribunales de Utah ha publicado la Guía de los Tribunales en español. Esta publicación de 40 páginas incluye información para ayudar a las personas a comprender el sistema judicial del estado de Utah. La guía tiene información acerca de cada nivel del tribunal, los procesos civiles y penales, y los procedimientos del tribunal. Además, se incluyen términos legales comunes junto con gráficos describiendo cómo un caso se va desarrollando en el tribunal.

The Guide is available at state courthouses throughout the state as well as on the court’s brochures and presentations website.
Esta guía está disponible en todos los juzgados del estado de Utah y también en el sitio de internet de los Tribunales de Utah.

November 07, 2011

Wireless Password: limit

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of November 7, 2011 is limit.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

November 04, 2011

Daylight Saving Time

DaylightSaving.JPGThis Sunday, November 6th is Daylight Saving Time. Each fall most Americans turn their clocks back one hour to observing daylight saving pursuant to 15 U.S. Code §260 et seq.

For more information about the history of Daylight Saving Time, see the U.S. Naval Observatory's page on Daylight Time, which includes future Daylight Saving dates. In addition, the Daylight Saving Time online exhibit through WebExhibits, an interactive museum, has articles and links to full-text historic documents related to Daylight Savings, including a link to Benjamin Franklin's 1784 essay on Daylight Saving.

November 02, 2011

Utah Judicial Conduct Commission

ct supreme2.jpgDo you have a concern about a judge? The Judicial Conduct Commission (JCC) is an independent fact-finding body established by the Constitution of Utah and it investigates allegations of judicial misconduct by state, county, and municipal (justice court) judges. Read about the complaint resolution process here.

The JCC can only commence an investigation upon receipt of a written complaint. To submit a written complaint, click here to access the complaint form, complete the form, print it, sign it, and mail it to the JCC at the address provided on the form. You should receive an acknowledgment within 7 to 10 business days.

For more information, visit the Commission's website.