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Supreme Court Regulatory Reform Proposal-Comment Period Closes July 23, 2020

The Utah Supreme Court requests comments on its regulatory reform efforts. The comment period is open for 90 days, ending on July 23, 2020. Please see and the press release for more information.

Supreme Court Standing Order

Standing Order 15: This order would establish a pilot legal regulatory sandbox and an Office of Legal Services Innovation to assist the Utah Supreme Court with respect to overseeing and regulating the practice of law by nontraditional legal service providers or by traditional providers offering nontraditional legal services.

Rules of Professional Conduct

Rules Governing the Professional Independence of Lawyer: The Supreme Court proposes repealing current Rule 5.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct and replacing it with Rules 5.4A and 5.4B.

  • Rule 5.4A: This rule would govern lawyers delivering legal services in the traditional and conventional model. New Rule 5.4A(a) outlines the foremost duties of a lawyer – the duty of independence of judgment, duty of loyalty to the client, and duty of confidentiality – applicable to the rest of the Rule. The preeminence of these professional core values is further explained in new Comments [1] and [2] as they pertain to sharing fees with nonlawyers, with lawyers in a separate firm, and accepting referrals and payments from parties other than the client. In order to loosen the restriction on fee sharing, Rule 5.4A(b) allows a lawyer to share legal fees with a nonlawyer as long as written notice is given at the outset of the representation or before sharing fees from an existing client.
  • Rule 1.5: Paragraph (e) of this rule would be eliminated to allow dividing fees among lawyers who are not in the same firm.
  • Rule 5.4B: This rule would be applicable to lawyers participating in the pilot legal regulatory sandbox. Like proposed Rule 5.4A, the core professional values for lawyers underlying this proposed rule are stated at the outset under subsection (a). Comments [1] and [2] reiterate and clarify the importance of the underlying core values and duties of a lawyer, notwithstanding the novel arrangement with nonlawyers. Proposed Rule 5.4B(b) allows a lawyer to practice law in an organization that is managed or owned, in whole or in part, by nonlawyers, as long as (i) the client is given written notice that nonlawyers have a financial interest in the organization or nonlawyers have managerial authority over the lawyer, and (ii) the client receives in writing the financial or managerial structure of the organization.

Lawyer Advertising Rules: The Supreme Court proposes significantly simplifying the lawyer advertising rules in the Rules of Professional Conduct. Under this proposal, current Rules 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, and 7.5 would be repealed and replaced with new Rule 7.1. Notably, this proposal would eliminate the prohibition against in-person solicitation found in current Rule 7.3.

  • Rule 7.1: Would prohibit (i) making false and misleading claims about the lawyer or the lawyer’s services, and (ii) interacting in a way that involves coercion, duress, or harassment.

Drafts for Review

Standing Order 15 (conceptualizing the pilot legal regulatory sandbox and Office of Legal Services Innovation)

Redline Rules 5.4A and 5.4B (showing the changes from current Rule 5.4)

Redline Rule 1.5 (showing the elimination of paragraph (e))

Clean Rules 5.4A and 5.4B (showing the traditional legal services delivery model and the model contemplated in the pilot legal regulatory sandbox)

Redline Rules 7.1 through 7.5 (showing the process of simplifying the lawyer advertising rules)

Clean Rules 7.1 through 7.5 (showing simplified Rule 7.1 and the reservation of Rules 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, and 7.5)


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Rules of Civil Procedure – Comment Period Closed June 21, 2018

URCP004. Process. Amend. Makes amendments that conform to S.B. 188 (2018). Effective May 8, 2018 pursuant to CJA Rule 11-105(5), expedited rulemaking.

URCP011. Signing of pleadings, motions, affidavits, and other papers; representations to court; sanctions. Amend. Makes amendments that conform to S.B. 188 (2018). Effective May 8, 2018 pursuant to CJA Rule 11-105(5), expedited rulemaking.

URCP055. Default. Amend. Makes amendments that conform to S.B. 188 (2018). Effective May 8, 2018 pursuant to CJA Rule 11-105(5) expedited rulemaking.

URCP063. Disability or disqualification of a judge. Amend. Makes amendments that conform to S.B. 188 (2018). Effective May 8, 2018 pursuant to CJA Rule 11-105(5).


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Rules Governing the State Bar – Comment Period Closed March 17, 2018

USB14-0101  Amend.  Article 1.  Integration and Management.

USB14-0102  Amend.  Rule 14-102.  Regulation of the practice of law.

USB14-0103  Amend.  Rule 14-103.  Organization and management of the Bar.

USB14-0104  Amend.  Rule 14-104.  Admission to practice law; qualifications, enrollment, oath, and fees.

USB14-0105  Amend.  Rule 14-105.  Conduct of licensed lawyers and judicial officers; complaints, investigations, and discipline.

USB14-0107  Amend.  Rule 14-107.  Annual license, fees; disbursements of funds.

USB14-0108  Amend.  Rule 14-108.  Issuance of license; form.

USB14-0110  Amend.  Rule 14-110.  Active and inactive members of the Bar.

USB14-0111  Amend.  Rule 14-111.  Practicing without a license prohibited.

USB14-0112  Amend.  Rule 14-112.  Duties of attorneys and counselors at law.

USB14-0201  Amend.  Bylaws.

USB14-0203  Amend.  Rule 14-203.  License categories.

USB14-0210  Amend. Rule 14-210.  General.

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Rules Governing the State Bar – Comment Period Closed March 17, 2018

USB14-0701  Amend.  Changes to Rule 14-701 clear up confusion regarding the definition of “bar examination” and make the definition of practice of law consistent with the definition used in 14-802.

USB14-0807  Amend.  Changes to Rule 14-807 clarify language that has been a source of confusion for students seeking to practice under the rule.

USB14-0809  New.  This new rule will allow lawyers admitted in other jurisdictions, who have submitted an application for admission to the Utah State Bar, to practice law in Utah under supervision while awaiting admission

USB14-0704  Amend.  Change makes the rule consistent with proposed rule 14-809.

USB14-0705  Amend.  Change makes the rule consistent with proposed rule 14-809.

USB14-0713  Amend.  Change makes the rule consistent with proposed rule 14-809.

USB14-0719  Amend.  Change makes the rule consistent with proposed rule 14-809.

USB14-0806  Amend.  Change makes the rule consistent with proposed rule 14-809.

USB14-0904 Amend.  Changes to the rule clarify that any lawyer on whose behalf the Fund for Client Protection makes a payment can be administratively suspended for failure to reimburse the Fund.

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Rules of Juvenile Procedure – Comment Period Closed November 27, 2017

URJP014 Reception of referral, preliminary determination.  Contains revisions necessitated by statutory revisions to section 78A-6-602 promulgated by H.B. 239 – Juvenile Justice Amendments.

URJP017 The petition.  Contains revisions necessitated by statutory revisions to section 78A-6-602 promulgated by H.B. 239 – Juvenile Justice Amendments.

URJP034 Pretrial hearings in non-delinquency cases.  Clarifies when the court may enter a default judgment.

URJP048 Post judgment motions.  Renames rule from “New hearings” to “Post judgment motions” to more accurately reflect the full scope of the rule’s content.  Reduces the time to file post judgment motions to 14 days from the 28 days provided by the Rules of Civil Procedure to avoid conflicts with the shorter time frames for filing expedited child welfare appeals.





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Rules Governing Licensed Paralegal Practitioner – Comment Period Closed October 15, 2017

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Code of Judicial Administration – Comment Period Closed April 23, 2016

CJA 03-0403. Judicial branch education. Amend. Gives the Management Committee authority to excuse an active senior judge applying for reappointment from completing the annual 30 hour education requirement based on good cause. To be eligible, the senior judge must have completed at least 60 total education hours in the two years preceding the effective date of reappointment.

CJA 04-0202.02. Records classification. Amend. Classifies jail booking sheets and nonresident violator notices of compliance as private. Deletes language addressing appellate brief addenda as they are governed by other rules.

CJA 04-0404. Jury selection and service. Amend. Incorporates recent amendments to the statute regarding a juror’s term of service.

CJA 04-0903. Uniform custody evaluations. Amend. Clarifies the list of professionals who may perform custody evaluations. Eliminates the provision allowing two custody evaluators to be appointed if one party resides out of state. Adds additional factors for a custody evaluator to consider when conducting an evaluation.

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Appellate E-filing Rules — Comment Period Closed April 1, 2016

Summary of Amendments. The model for e-filing may change as the courts and lawyers gain experience, but the following points describe the main features of the model that we anticipate:

  • As in the district court and in the juvenile court, e-filing in the appellate courts will be optional when it is available, with mandatory e-filing by lawyers about 2-4 months after that. The AOC will host e-filing. There will be no third-party service providers, as there are in district court.
  • Self-represented parties will continue to file and serve documents by traditional means, but will be encouraged to e-mail them to the court and to the other parties.
  • Printed courtesy copies of some briefs will be required. Otherwise only a digital file will be filed.
  • As in the district court, e-filing a document has the effect of serving the document on other e-filers. Self-represented parties will have to serve and be served using traditional means, which will include email. Unlike URCP 5, service by email on a self-represented party will not require the party’s agreement.
  • The transcriber will electronically file the transcript, as is now the case.
  • The record in the review of an administrative agency will be assembled either as a digital or paper file, depending on the capability of the agency, and delivered to the appellate court.
  • There will be no traditional assembly of the record on appeal from the district court or juvenile court nor an electronic equivalent of assembly into a single digital file. Exhibits offered or introduced as evidence and not electronically filed in the trial court will be sent to the appellate court in the traditional way.
  • The digital records of the district court and juvenile court will be available to lawyers, self-represented parties and the courts through the courts’ e-filing systems. A digital file of assembled agency records will be available to lawyers, self-represented parties and the courts as a digital file. A paper file of assembled agency records will be checked out of the agency or the appellate court in the traditional manner. The court will print select portions of a digital file for a self-represented party upon request and a showing of need.
  • Citations in briefs and other appellate filings to the trial court record will be by the number of the document in the trial court docket and the relevant page number within the document. The citation to the trial court record will be a link to the relevant page of the document. Citations to the record of an administrative agency’s digital or paper file will be by citation to the relevant Bates number or page number of the file. The IT department of the AOC has developed an application to simplify the process of creating links, and the application will be publicly available.
  • A traditional signature on filings will be permitted but not required. The effective signature is the filer’s electronic signature, which is governed by Title 46, Chapter 4, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act. The filer’s electronic signature carries all of the representations and consequences of a traditional signature.

StandingOrder 08. As to establishment of a pilot program to require submission of electronic courtesy briefs to the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals.

CJA 05-0201.  Requests for enlargement of time by court recorders and transcribers. Amend.

URAP 003. Appeal as of right: how taken. Amend.

URAP 005. Discretionary appeals from interlocutory orders. Amend.

URAP 009. Docketing statement. Amend.

URAP 010. Motion for summary disposition. Amend.

URAP 011. The record on appeal. Amend.

URAP 012. Transmission of the record. Amend.

URAP 013. Notice of filing by clerk. Amend.

URAP 014. Review of administrative orders: how obtained; intervention. Amend.

URAP 016. The agency record on appeal. New.

URAP 019. Extraordinary writs. Amend.

URAP 020. Habeas corpus proceedings. Amend.

URAP 021. Filing and service. Amend.

URAP 021A. Hyperlinks. New.

URAP 022. Computation and enlargement of time. Amend.

URAP 023. Motions. Amend.

URAP 023B. Motion to remand for findings necessary to determination of ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Amend.

URAP 023C. Motion for emergency relief. Amend.

URAP 024. Briefs. Amend.

URAP 025. Brief of an amicus curiae or guardian ad litem. Amend.

URAP 026. Filing and service of briefs. Amend.

URAP 027. Form of briefs. Amend.

URAP 029. Oral argument. Amend.

URAP 034. Award of costs. Amend.

URAP 035. Petition for rehearing. Amend.

URAP 036. Issuance of remittitur. Amend.

URAP 039. Duties of the clerk. Amend.

URAP 041. Certification of questions of law by United States courts. Amend.

URAP 042. Transfer of case from Supreme Court to Court of Appeals. Amend.

URAP 043. Certification by the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court. Amend.

URAP 047. Transmission of record; joint and separate petitions; cross-petitions; parties. Amend.

URAP 048. Time for petitioning. Amend.

URAP 050. Brief in opposition; reply brief; brief of amicus curiae. Amend.

URAP 051. Disposition of petition for writ of certiorari. Amend.

URAP 053. Notice of appeal. Amend.

URAP 054. Transcript of proceedings. Amend.

URAP 055. Petition on appeal. Amend.

URAP 056. Response to petition on appeal. Amend.

URAP 057. Record on appeal; transmission of record. Amend.

URAP 058. Ruling. Amend.

URAP 059. Extensions of time. Amend.

URAP 060. Judicial bypass appeals. Amend.

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