Rule10. Form of pleadings and other papers.
(a)Caption; names of parties; other necessary information.
(a)(1) All pleadings and otherpapers filed with the court must contain a caption setting forth the name of thecourt, the title of the action, the file number, if known, the name of thepleading or other paper, and the name, if known, of the judge (and commissionerif applicable) to whom the case is assigned. A party filing a claim for relief,whether by original claim, counterclaim, cross-claim or third-party claim, mustinclude in the caption the discovery tier for the case as determined underRule26.
(a)(2) In the complaint, thetitle of the action must include the names of all the parties, but otherpleadings and papers need only state the name of the first party on each sidewith an indication that there are other parties. A party whose name is notknown must be designated by any name and the words "whose true name isunknown." In an action in rem, unknown parties must be designated as"all unknown persons who claim any interest in the subject matter of theaction."
(a)(3) Every pleading and otherpaper filed with the court must state in the top left hand corner of the firstpage the name, address, email address, telephone number and bar number of theattorney or party filing the paper, and, if filed by an attorney, the party forwhom it is filed.
(a)(4) A party filing a claim forrelief, whether by original claim, counterclaim, cross-claim or third-partyclaim, must also file a completed cover sheet substantially similar in form andcontent to the cover sheet approved by the Judicial Council. The clerk maydestroy the coversheet after recording the information it contains.
(b)Paragraphs; separate statements. All statements ofclaim or defense must be made in numbered paragraphs. Each paragraph must belimited as far as practicable to a single set of circumstances; and a paragraphmay be adopted by reference in all succeeding pleadings. Each claim foundedupon a separate transaction or occurrence and each defense other than denialsmust be stated in a separate count or defense whenever a separation facilitatesthe clear presentation of the matters set forth.
(c)Adoption by reference; exhibits. Statements in a papermay be adopted by reference in a different part of the same or another paper.An exhibit to a paper is a part thereof for all purposes.
(d)Paper format. All pleadings and other papers,other than exhibits and court-approved forms, must be 8? inches wide x 11inches long, on white background, with a top margin of not less than 1? inchesand a right, left and bottom margin of not less than 1 inch . All text orimages must be clearly legible, must be double spaced, except for matterscustomarily single spaced, must be on one side only and must not be smallerthan 12-point size.
(e)Signature line. The name of the person signingmust be typed or printed under that person?s signature. If a proposed documentready for signature by a court official is electronically filed, the order mustnot include the official?s signature line and must, at the end of the document,indicate that the signature appears at the top of the first page.
(f)Non-conforming papers. The clerk of the court mayexamine the pleadings and other papers filed with the court. If they are notprepared in conformity with paragraphs (a) ‑ (e), the clerk must accept thefiling but may require counsel to substitute properly prepared papers fornonconforming papers. The clerk or the court may waive the requirements of thisrule for parties appearing pro se. For good cause shown, the court may relieveany party of any requirement of this rule.
(g)Replacing lost pleadings or papers. If an originalpleading or paper filed in any action or proceeding is lost, the court may,upon motion, with or without notice, authorize a copy thereof to be filed andused in lieu of the original.
(h)No improper content. The court may strike and disregardall or any part of a pleading or other paper that contains redundant,immaterial, impertinent or scandalous matter.
(i)(1) Any reference in theserules to a writing, recording or image includes the electronic version thereof.
(i)(2) A paper electronicallysigned and filed is the original.
(i)(3) An electronic copy of apaper, recording or image may be filed as though it were the original. Proof ofthe original, if necessary, is governed by the Utah Rules of Evidence.
(i)(4) An electronic copy of apaper must conform to the format of the original.
(i)(5) An electronically filedpaper may contain links to other papers filed simultaneously or already on filewith the court and to electronically published authority.
Advisory Committee Notes