Author: Utah Courts

Rules of Appellate Procedure – Effective February 19, 2020

URAP005. Discretionary appeals from interlocutory orders. Amended. The amendments to Rules 5 and 10 incorporate substantial changes meant to streamline and modernize the appellate process. For example, the proposed addition of subsection (j) in Rule 5 defines the record on appeal and permits a party to submit an appendix to be filed separately with the party’s principal brief. The proposed amendments authorize citations to the record, to an appendix, or both.

URAP010. Procedures for summary disposition or simplified appeal process. Amended. The amendments to Rule 10 allow specific classes of appeals to be designated for expedited review. The proposed amendments also narrow the grounds for parties to seek summary disposition by limiting such motions to jurisdictional objections. The Court retains its right to summarily dismiss, affirm, or reverse a case on its own initiative.

URAP021. Filing and Service. Amended. The amendments to Rules 21 and 26 incorporate Utah Supreme Court Standing Order 11 (Regarding filing documents by email). Rule 21 amendments would allow parties to file and serve papers by email, with different requirements for briefs and papers other than briefs. Paragraph (f) directs the parties on electronic signatures. The amendments in proposed paragraph (b) incorporate the Standing Order’s timing for paying fees.

URAP026. Filing and Service of Briefs. Amended. The amendments to Rule 26 address email service and number of paper copies required in the appellate courts.

Supreme Court Order for URAP 5 and 10

Supreme Court Order for URAP 21 and 26

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Rules of Civil Procedure – Effective December 18, 2019, pursuant to Rule 11-105(5) of the Utah Code of Judicial Administration

URCP086. Licensed paralegal practitioners. AMEND. The approved amendments remove the requirement to serve papers on both the party and the licensed paralegal practitioner, and instead require a licensed paralegal practitioner who has entered a general appearance to inform their client of any papers filed, regardless of whether the paper falls within the scope of the licensed paralegal practitioner’s representation.

Supreme Court Order

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Probate Rules: Utah Rules of Civil Procedure and Utah Code of Judicial Administration – Effective January 1, 2020

URCP026.04. Provisions governing disclosure and discovery in contested proceedings under Title 75 of the Utah Code. New. Carves out the circumstances under which an objection to a probate petition may be made, as well as the initial disclosures and timelines for discovery.

CJA06-0506. Procedure for contested matters filed in the probate court. New. Codifies a long-standing probate mediation practice in the Third District, makes probate mediation statewide, institutes a pre-mediation conference, and addresses the role of interested persons.

Supreme Court Order – URCP 26.4

Judicial Council Order – CJA 6-506

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Code of Judicial Administration – Effective January 1, 2020, pursuant to Rule 11-105(5) of the Utah Code of Judicial Administration

CJA04-0403. Electronic Signature and Signature Stamp Use. Amended. In conjunction with new URCP 109, authorizes automatically affixing electronic judicial signatures on certain standardized domestic relations injunctions.

CJA04-0503. Mandatory Electronic Filing. Amended. Requires Licensed Paralegal Practitioners to file documents electronically.

Judicial Council Order

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