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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

How do I complain about how I was treated by the court?

If you feel that someone at the courts didn’t follow the rules or treated you poorly you can give feedback to the courts by submitting a complaint. Submitting a complaint about how you were treated is different from asking for a different result in your case. Submitting a complaint means you are asking someone at the court to investigate how you were treated or what happened in your case. Depending on what happens in the investigation, there could be disciplinary action against the person you complained about. But this won’t change the result in your case. If you don’t like the result in your case and want to know your options, see our page on Finding Legal Help or contact the Self-Help Center.

Who you complain to depends on the issue. Use this chart to find out how to make your complaint.

If your complaint is about…

Then you can…

If your complaint is about…

An issue because of your disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Then you can…

Read more on our Accessibility Information page.

If your complaint is about…

A clerk or judicial assistant

Then you can…

Contact the clerk of court. There are different clerks for different districts. Use the court directory to find the appropriate clerk.

If your complaint is about…

A court commissioner

Then you can…

Contact the chair of the Court Commissioner Conduct Committee. You can find out who the chair is by visiting the committee page and then look up that person in the court directory employee search.

If your complaint is about…

A judge

Then you can…

You have two options:

  1. File a complaint with the Judicial Conduct Commission
  2. File a public comment with the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC). The comments will be reviewed when the judge is up for retention.You can read more about how often judges are reviewed for retention on JPEC's website.

If your complaint is about…

A lawyer

Then you can…

Read more about complaints against lawyers on our Finding Legal Help page.

If your complaint is about…

A mediator on the court roster

Then you can…

Contact the ADR director - find out who this is by searching for "ADR Director" in the court directory.

If your complaint is about…

Some other aspect of the courts

Then you can…

Contact the Self-Help Center.

If your complaint is about…

Someone at the Self-Help Center or the Utah State Law Library

Then you can…

Contact the director of the State Law Library - find out who this is by searching for "library" in the court directory employee search.

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.

Page Last Modified: 6/1/2022

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