Category: -Rules of Appellate Procedure

Rules of Appellate Procedure – Effective November 1, 2021

URAP023. Motions. The amendments to Rule 23 are intended to: (1) remove all language regarding form requirements in 23(f) and incorporate that language into Rule 27; and (2) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

URAP027. Form of briefs, notions, and other documents. The amendments to Rule 27 are intended to: (1) combine form requirements for briefs, motions, and other documents into one rule; (2) incorporate language regarding form requirements from Rule 23(f); and (3) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

URAP030.   Decision of the court; notice of decision. The amendments to Rule 30 are intended to: (1) clarify what constitutes the entry of a decision in 30 (d) and (e); and (2) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

URAP031.  Expedited decisions. The amendments to Rule 31 are intended to: (1) include language in 31(b)(1)allowing the court to consider expedited decision upon stipulation of parties; (2) remove the language in (d) regarding appeals ineligible for expedited decision; and (3) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

URAP054.  Transcripts. The amendments to Rule 54 are intended to: (1) update instructions for ordering transcripts in 54(a); and (2) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

URAP055.  Petition on appeal. The amendments to Rule 55 are intended to: (1) change the deadline in Rule 55(a) for filing the petition on appeal to 15 days from transmission of the record, rather than from filing the notice of appeal; (2) modify 55(b) to allow appointed appellate counsel to file the petition on appeal; (3) include a requirement that appellate counsel be appointed within 21 days of the notice of appeal in 55(b); and (4) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

URAP056.  Response to petition on appeal. The amendments to Rule 56 are intended to: (1) replace the page requirement with a word requirement in 56(b); (2) comport the rule with Standing Order 11; and (3) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

URAP057.   Record on appeal; transmission of record. The amendments to Rule 57 are intended to update language regarding record transmission in 57(b).

URAP058.  Ruling. The amendments to Rule 58 are intended to remove the language in 58(b) regarding the remand to juvenile court to appoint appellate counsel.

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Rules of Appellate Procedure – Effective November 1, 2021

URAP015. Petitions for review in tax cases. Amend. The amendments to Rule 15: (1) remove the statutory citations in 15(a) and (c); (2) rework the language in 15(c); and (3) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

URAP043. Certification by the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court. Amend. The amendments to Rule 43: (1) change the due date from 10 days to 14 days in 43(b)(1); (2) comport the rule with Standing Order No. 11; and (3) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

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Rules of Appellate Procedure – Effective May 1, 2021

URAP034. Costs. Amend. The amendments to Rule 34: (1) provide a flat rate of $3.00 per page for costs in 34(c)(1); (2) change dates throughout the rule to increments of seven; (3) replace the term “taxed” with “awarded” throughout the rule; (4) comport the rule with Standing Order 11 (regarding filing documents by email); and (5) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

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Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, and Rules of Professional Conduct – Effective May 1, 2021

Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP083. AMEND. The proposed amendments would bring represented parties into the rule’s purview. They would also permit any court to rely on another court’s vexatious litigant findings and order their own restrictions. Paragraph (e)(1) was updated to fix a grammatical error.  

Rules Governing Constitutional Challenges

The following amendments to Civil Rule 24,Criminal Rule 12, and Appellate Rule 25A  are intended to better coordinate the provisions addressing constitutional challenges. The amendments do the following:

  • Address service on the Attorney General and other governmental entities;
  • Broaden the kinds of challenges that may arise;
  • Clarify that it is the governmental entity that responds, not the county or municipal attorney (which can be a contracted position in certain jurisdictions);
  • Eliminate outdated language in Civil Rule 24 in favor of the updated federal language;
  • Clarify in each rule the process and timing for the Attorney General or other governmental entity to respond to a constitutional challenge; and
  • Eliminate the requirement in Appellate Rule 25A that the Attorney General state the reasons for declining to file an amicus brief.

URCP024 – Redline and URCP024 – Clean

URCrP012 – Redline

URAP025A – Redline

Rules of Professional Conduct

RPC05.04. Professional Independence of a Lawyer. AMEND. Adds a clarifying comment to the rule.

Supreme Court Order for Civil Rules 83 and 24

Supreme Court Order for Criminal Rule 12

Supreme Court Order for Appellate Rule 25A

Supreme Court Order for Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 5.4

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Rules of Appellate Procedure – Effective December 1, 2018

URAP023B. The amendments to Rule 23B Motion for remand for findings necessary to determination of ineffective assistance of counsel claim, clarifies when a motion must be filed.

URAP025. The amendments to Rule 25 Brief of an amicus curiae or guardian ad litem, change a reference to Rule 50.

URAP050. The amendments to Rule 50, Response; reply; brief of amicus curiae, provide that a party may file a response to a petition and how the time for the response shall run. The amendment permits a party to file a letter in lieu of a formal response, deletes language regarding distribution of filings by the clerk, and establishes a time for filing a reply to a response.

URAP051. The amendment to Rule 51 Disposition of petition for writ of certiorari, deletes a reference to Rule 50.

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Rules of Appellate Procedure – Effective May 1, 2018

URAP021. Filing and service. Amend. Amended Rule 21 clarifies the “prisoner mailbox rule,” which will promote consistency, clarity, and certainty in inmate litigation. A virtually identical amendment has also been added to the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure.

URAP025. Brief of an amicus curiae or guardian ad litem. Amend. This is a conforming amendment to amended URAP 25A.

URAP025A. Challenging the constitutionality of a statute or ordinance. Amend. This amendment gives the Attorney General the right to appear at oral argument whenever an amicus brief has been filed pursuant to the rule.

URAP030. Decision of the court: dismissal; notice of decision. Amend. The amendment, which deletes the word “dismissal” in the title, corrects an anomaly because nowhere in the rule does it mention the word or provide for dismissing an appeal.

URAP037. Suggestion of mootness; voluntary dismissal. Amend. The proposed amendment makes several changes to the rule.

  • Subdivision (a). The changes are intended to clarify and simplify a party’s obligation to bring to the court’s attention those circumstances that render moot one or more issues presented for review on appeal.
  •  Subdivision (b). The amended subdivision provides that if all parties to an appeal agree that the appeal should be dismissed, and if they stipulate to a motion for voluntary dismissal, then the appeal must be promptly dismissed. The committee felt that the proposed change would encourage prompt and efficient settlements. It also felt that dismissal of the appeal is constitutionally appropriate when the parties have agreed to a voluntary dismissal because there is no longer a justiciable case or controversy. Finally, the committee considered deleting the last sentence on fees and costs, but instead it opted to simply rework the sentence to read: “The stipulation must specify the terms of payment of costs and fees, if any.”
  •  Subdivision (c). The proposed amendment provides an efficient way for an attorney who is unable to contact his or her client to obtain the necessary affidavit to support a motion for voluntary dismissal, while still protecting the appellant’s right to appeal. The proposal also requires the attorney to certify that he or she has reasonable grounds to believe that the appellant no longer wishes to pursue the appeal. The committee concluded that a certification from the attorney is appropriate because it safeguards the appellant’s right to an appeal, and it also avoids having the attorney reveal confidential communications with the client in an affidavit.
  •  Subdivision (d). The current subdivision —“[a] suggestion of mootness or motion for voluntary dismissal shall be subject to the appellate court’s approval”— has been deleted for the same reasons mentioned in subdivision (b).
URAP055. Petition on appeal. Amend. Amended Rule 55 gives the court discretion to dismiss an untimely filed petition in a child welfare case, rather than requiring dismissal.

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Rules of Appellate Procedure – Effective November 1, 2017

URAP024 – Amend. The proposed amendment substantially changes the organization and content of briefs. An important objective of the amendment is to present the party’s case in logical order, in measured increments, and without unnecessary repetition. The principal brief of each party must meet the same requirements.

URAP024A – New. The proposed rule collects in one separate rule the briefing requirements in cross-appeals.  The briefing requirements have also been clarified and simplified for ease of use.

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