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Rule 7A.  Proceduresfor arraignment on class B or C misdemeanors, or infractions.

 

(a) Initial appearance.  Atthe defendant?s initial appearance, the court must inform thedefendant:

 

(a)(1) of thecharge in the information, indictment, or citation and furnish a copy;

 

(a)(2) of anyaffidavit or recorded testimony given in support of the information and how toobtain them;

 

(a)(3) of theright to retain counsel or have counsel appointed by the court without expenseif unable to obtain counsel;

 

(a)(4) of rightsconcerning pretrial release, including bail; and

 

(a)(5) that thedefendant is not required to make any statement, and that any statement thedefendant makes may be used against the defendant in a court oflaw.

 

(b) Right to counsel.  If the defendantis present at the initial appearance without counsel, thecourt must determine if the defendant is capable of retaining theservices of an attorney within a reasonable time.  If the courtdetermines the defendant has such resources, the court must allowthe defendant a reasonable time and opportunity to retain andconsult with counsel.  If the court determines defendant isindigent, the court must appoint counsel pursuant to Rule 8,unless the defendant knowingly and intelligently waives such appointment.

 

(c) Release conditions

 

(c)(1) If counsel arepresent and prepared, the court must address whether the defendant isentitled to pretrial release pursuant to Utah Code ? 77-20-1, and if so, whatif any conditions the court will impose to reasonably ensure the continuedappearance of the defendant, integrity of the judicial process, andsafety of the community.  The court must use the leastrestrictive conditions needed to meet those goals.

 

(c)(2) The determinationof pretrial release eligibility and conditions, may be reviewed andmodified upon application by either party based on a material change incircumstances, or other good cause.

 

(d) Continuances.  Ifdefense counsel is not present or not yet prepared, the court must allow up toa seven day continuance of the hearing to allow forpreparation.  The court may allow more than seven days with theconsent of the defendant. 

 

(e) Entering aplea.  

 

(e)(1) If defendant isprepared with counsel, or if defendant waives the right to be represented by counsel,the court must call upon the defendant to enter aplea. 

 

(e)(2) If the plea isguilty, the court must sentence the defendant as provided by law.

 

(e)(3) If the plea is notguilty, the court must set the matter for trial or a pretrialconference within a reasonable time.  Such time should be no longerthan 30 days if defendant is in custody.

 

(e)(4) The court mayadministratively enter a not guilty plea for thedefendant.  If the court has appointedcounsel, the defendant does not desire to enter a plea, or forother good cause, the court must then schedule a pretrial conference.

 

Effective May 1, 2018