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The Utah Judiciary is committed to the open, fair, and efficient administration of justice under the law. Find important information on what to do about your case and where to find help on our Alerts and Information Page due to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.

El poder judicial de Utah está comprometido a la administración de justicia de una manera abierta, justa y eficiente bajo la ley. En nuestra página Información y alertas encontrará información importante sobre qué hacer en cuanto a su caso y dónde encontrar ayuda debido al impacto del brote de COVID-19.

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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.

Motion to Change Venue

Asking to move a case to another county or court location

In some cases, a person can ask to move their case from the current court to another county or court location. Possible reasons to move the case include:

  • The case is filed in the wrong county.
  • A party is not able to have an impartial trial in the current county.
  • It would be more convenient to the witnesses and would promote justice to move the case.

Utah Code Section 78B-3-309.

The information and forms on this web page are to ask to move a case within Utah only.

If you want to…

You can…

Move a case from Utah to another state

Move a case from another state to Utah

Register a foreign order if it is a final divorce decree or final child support order.

Consider talking to an attorney for other types of cases.

Move a case from district court to justice court

Read about filing a notice of removal and find forms on the Small Claims web page.

Move a case from justice court to district court

Read about filing a notice of removal and find forms on the Small Claims web page.

Move a case from juvenile to district court or from district court to juvenile court

Where to file

The Motion to Change venue is filed in the court that is currently handling the case.

Will the motion be decided by a judge or commissioner?

Judges may rule on all motions in all types of cases. However, in Judicial Districts 1, 2, 3 and 4, commissioners are assigned to hear most matters in divorce cases and several other types of family law cases. Motions decided by a judge and motions decided by a commissioner follow different procedures.

If you are not sure whether your case is assigned to a judge or commissioner, find out. Call the court, or look at the caption of the complaint or petition. If a commissioner's name has been listed in the caption, the motion likely will be decided by a commissioner.

Motions decided by a judge are governed by URCP 7. A judge will not rule on a motion until the time for filing an opposition to the motion has passed and a Request to Submit for Decision has been filed.

Motions decided by a commissioner are governed by URCP 101.

See the Motions web page for information about the difference in procedures and timelines depending on who is deciding the motion.

Forms

Forms to Change Venue for Specific Case Types

Divorce or Custody, Support or Paternity - under Domestic Cases (Using OCAP, the Online Court Assistance Program).

Forms for Motions Decided by a Judge for Other Case Types


Forms for the Moving Party

Required forms for the moving party
  • Motion to Change Venue - PDF | Word
  • Request to Submit for Decision - PDF | Word
    (filed after all documents have been filed, or the time has passed for the other party to respond)
  • Order on Motion to Change Venue - PDF | Word
Optional Forms for the Moving Party
  • Stipulated Motion - PDF | Word
    (if both parties agree to the motion before it is filed)
  • Stipulation - PDF | Word
    (if the other party agrees to the motion after it has been filed)
  • Statement Supporting the Motion - PDF | Word
    (if someone other than the moving party has a statement to make)
  • Reply Memorandum Supporting Motion - PDF | Word
    (if the other party has disagreed with the motion and presented a new matter in their response, and the moving party wishes to respond)
  • Notice of Hearing - PDF | Word
    (if a hearing is requested)
  • Objection to Form of Order or Judgment - PDF | Word
    (Used to object to the proposed order)
Forms for the Opposing Party

Required forms for the opposing party
  • Memorandum Opposing Motion - PDF | Word
Optional forms for the opposing party
  • Stipulation - PDF | Word
    (if the opposing party agrees to the motion after it has been filed)
  • Counter Motion - PDF | Word
    (if the opposing party has new arguments to make not presented in the moving party's motion)
  • Notice of Hearing - PDF | Word
    (if a hearing is requested)
  • Request to Submit for Decision - PDF | Word
    (if the other party has not filed this document)
  • Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order - PDF | Word
    (if the opposing party is directed to complete the order)
  • Objection to Form of Order or Judgment - PDF | Word
    (Used to object to the proposed order)

Forms for Motions Decided by a Commissioner for Other Case Types


Forms for the Moving Party

Required forms for the moving party
  • Motion to Change Venue - PDF | Word
  • Notice of Hearing - PDF | Word
  • Order on Motion to Change Venue - PDF | Word
Optional forms for the moving party
  • Affidavit with Exhibit(s) - PDF | Word
    (to be used with exhibits, if any)
  • Exhibit Summary - PDF | Word
    (to be used to describe voluminous exhibits, if any)
  • Stipulation - PDF | Word
    (if the other party agrees to the motion after it has been filed)
  • Statement Supporting the Motion - PDF | Word
    (if someone other than the moving party has a statement to make)
  • Reply Memorandum Supporting Motion - PDF | Word
    (if the other party has disagreed with the motion and the moving party wishes to respond)
  • Objection to Form of Order or Judgment - PDF | Word
    (Used to object to the proposed order)
Forms for the Opposing Party

Required forms for the opposing party
  • Memorandum Opposing Motion - PDF | Word
Optional forms for the opposing party
  • Counter Motion - PDF | Word
    (if the opposing party has new arguments to make in response to the moving party's motion)
  • Affidavit with Exhibit(s) - PDF | Word
    (to be used with exhibits, if any)
  • Exhibit Summary - PDF | Word
    (to be used to describe voluminous exhibits, if any)
  • Stipulation - PDF | Word
    (if the other party agrees to the motion after it has been filed)
  • Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Order - PDF | Word
    (if the opposing party is directed to complete the order)
  • Objection to Form of Order or Judgment - PDF | Word
    (Used to object to the proposed order)

Related Information

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