To set forth miscellaneous provisions for these rules.
This rule applies to the judicial branch.
(1) The judicial branch shall provide a person with a certified copy of a record if the requester has a right to inspect it, the requester identifies the record with reasonable specificity, and the requester pays the fees.
(2) Fulfilling a records request.
(2)(A) The judicial branch is not required to create a record in response to a request.
(2)(B) Upon request, the judicial branch shall provide a record in a particular format if:
(2)(B)(i) it is able to do so without unreasonably interfering with its duties and responsibilities; and
(2)(B)(ii) the requester agrees to pay the additional costs, if any, actually incurred in providing the record in the requested format.
(2)(C) The judicial branch need not fulfill a person’s records request if the request unreasonably duplicates prior records requests from that person.
(3) If a person requests copies of more than 50 pages of records, and if the records are contained in files that do not contain records that are exempt from disclosure, the judicial branch may provide the requester with the facilities for copying the requested records and require that the requester make the copies, or allow the requester to provide his own copying facilities and personnel to make the copies at the judicial branch’s offices and waive the fees for copying the records.
(4) The judicial branch may not use the form in which a record is stored to deny or unreasonably hinder the rights of persons to inspect and receive copies of a record.
(5) Subject to the Government Records Access Management Act (GRAMA) and Chapter 4, Article 2 of the Code of Judicial Administration, a request for email correspondence shall be sufficiently detailed to identify the email(s) sought with reasonable specificity. The request shall be narrowly tailored to yield a search that is not unduly burdensome. Requests shall include the subject matter of the email(s), the identity of individuals to whom the email(s) were sent or received, if known, and the date, or approximate date(s) of email(s). Upon receipt of a request, the person handling the request will forward it to the Court Information Technology Department, a representative of which will develop the parameters of the search.
(6) Subpoenas and other methods of discovery under state or federal statutes or rules of procedure are not records requests under these rules. Compliance with discovery shall be governed by the applicable statutes and rules of procedure.
(7) If the judicial branch receives a request for access to a record that contains both information that the requester is entitled to inspect and information that the requester is not entitled to inspect, it shall allow access to the information in the record that the requester is entitled to inspect, and shall deny access to the information in the record the requester is not entitled to inspect.
(8) The Administrative Office shall create and adopt a schedule governing the retention and destruction of all court records.
(9) The courts will use their best efforts to ensure that access to court records is properly regulated, but assume no responsibility for accuracy or completeness or for use outside the court.
(10) Non-public information in a public record.
(10)(A) The person filing a public record shall omit or redact non-public information.
(10)(B) A party may move or a non-party interested in a record may petition to classify a record as private, protected, sealed, safeguarded, juvenile court legal, or juvenile court social or to redact non-public information from a public record.
(10)(C) If the following non-public information is required in a public record, only the designated information shall be included:
(10)(C)(i) social security number: last four digits;
(10)(C)(ii) financial or other account number: last four digits;
(10)(C)(iii) driver’s license number: state of issuance and last four digits;
(10)(C)(iv) address of a non-party: city, state and zip code;
(10)(C)(v) email address or phone number of a non-party: omit; and
(10)(C)(vi) minor’s name: initials.
(10)(D) If it is necessary to provide the court with private personal identifying information, it must be provided on a cover sheet or other severable document, which is classified as private.
(11) Tax-related records.
(11)(A) Notwithstanding Rule 4-202.02, except as otherwise ordered by the court and except as provided in subsections (11)(B) and (11)(C), if a case involves a tax on property or its use under Title 59, Chapter 2, Property Tax Act, Chapter 3, Tax Equivalent Property Act, or Chapter 4, Privilege Tax, all records shall be classified as public records under Rule 4-202.02.
(11)(B) Except as provided in subsection (11)(C), all records in a case that involves a tax on property or its use under Title 59, Chapter 2, Property Tax Act, Chapter 3, Tax Equivalent Property Act, or Chapter 4, Privilege Tax, shall be protected if the case also involves commercial information as that term is defined by Utah Code § 59-1-404.
(11)(C) For a case described in subsection (11)(B):
(11)(C)(i) if a request for a specific record, or access to all records in a case, is made to the court and notice is given to the taxpayer, such record or records shall be released within 14 days after notice is given to the taxpayer, except for specific records ordered by the court to be classified as sealed, private, protected, or safeguarded pursuant to a motion made under Rule 4-202.04(3);
(11)(C)(ii) thirty days after the issuance of a non-appealable final order by the court, all records shall be public unless the court orders specific records to be classified as sealed, private, protected, or safeguarded pursuant to a motion made under Rule 4-202.04(3).
(11)(C)(iii) The public shall have access to the case history, notwithstanding the limitations in this rule applicable to the underlying records.
Effective May 1, 2019