Category: -Rules of Civil Procedure

Rules of Civil Procedure – New Effective Date of November 1, 2019

The Utah Supreme Court has adopted a new effective date of November 1, 2019 for the following rule. The rule was formerly effective May 1, 2019. The November date will accommodate programming changes necessary to effectuate the rule’s purposes.

URCP109. Injunction in certain domestic relations cases. New. Provides that in certain domestic relations cases, an injunction will enter upon the filing of the case. Its provisions address areas such as disposing of property, disturbing the peace of the other party, committing domestic violence, using the other party’s identification to obtain credit, interfering with telephone or utility service, modifying insurance, and behavior around the minor children. The injunction is binding on the petitioner upon filing the initial petition and on the respondent after the filing of the initial petition and upon receipt of a signed copy of the injunction as entered by the court.

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Rules of Civil Procedure – Effective May 1, 2019

URCP005. Service and filing of pleadings and other papers. Amend. Paragraph (b)(3)(B) is amended to remove the requirement that a person must agree to accept service by email in order to be served by email. If a person provides an email address pursuant to Rule 10(a)(3) or Rule 76, the person may be served Rule 5 papers at that address.

URCP109. Injunction in certain domestic relations cases. New. Provides that in certain domestic relations cases, an injunction will enter upon the filing of the case. Its provisions address areas such as disposing of property, disturbing the peace of the other party, committing domestic violence, using the other party’s identification to obtain credit, interfering with telephone or utility service, modifying insurance, and behavior around the minor children. The injunction is binding on the petitioner upon filing the initial petition and on the respondent after the filing of the initial petition and upon receipt of a signed copy of the injunction as entered by the court.

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Rules of Civil Procedure – Effective November 1, 2018

URCP073. Attorney Fees. Amend. An overwhelming number of cases filed in the courts, especially debt collection cases, result in the entry of an uncontested judgment. The work required in most cases to obtain an uncontested judgment does not typically depend on the amount at issue. The amendments eliminate the schedule of fees based on the amount of damages and replace it with a single fee upon entry of an uncontested judgment and a larger fee in contested cases. Where additional work is required to collect on the judgment, the amendments provide a default amount for writs and certain motions, and eliminate the “considerable additional efforts” limitation of the prior rule. The rule remains flexible so that when attorney fees exceed the scheduled amounts, a party remains free to file an affidavit requesting appropriate fees in accordance with the rule.

URCP073. Advisory Committee Notes.

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Rules of Civil Procedure – Effective May 8, 2018

URCP004. Process. Amend.Makes amendments that conform to S.B. 188 (2018). Effective May 8, 2018 pursuant to CJA Rule 11-105(5), expedited rulemaking.

URCP011. Signing of pleadings, motions, affidavits, and other papers; representations to court; sanctions. Amend. Makes amendments that conform to S.B. 188 (2018). Effective May 8, 2018 pursuant to CJA Rule 11-105(5), expedited rulemaking.

URCP055. Default. Amend. Makes amendments that conform to S.B. 188 (2018). Effective May 8, 2018 pursuant to CJA Rule 11-105(5) expedited rulemaking.

URCP063. Disability or disqualification of a judge. Amend. Makes amendments that conform to S.B. 188 (2018). Effective May 8, 2018 pursuant to CJA Rule 11-105(5).

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Rules of Civil Procedure – Effective May 8, 2018

URCP0101 Motion practice before court commissioners. Amend. Makes conforming amendments pursuant to SB 25 (2018), which reduced the 90-day waiting period for a divorce to 30 days. Effective May 8, 2018 pursuant to CJA rule 11-105(5).

URCP0105 Shortening 30 day waiting period in divorce actions. Amend. Makes conforming amendments pursuant to SB 25 (2018), which reduced the 90-day waiting period for a divorce to 30 days. Effective May 8, 2018 pursuant to CJA rule 11-105(5).

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Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure, Code of Judicial Administration – Effective April 1, 2018

Utah Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP063. Disability or disqualification of a judge. Amend. Eliminates the option of the Judicial Council’s presiding officer serving as the reviewing or assigning judge on a motion to disqualify. Provides that assignment in justice court cases will be in accordance with new Utah Code of Judicial Administration Rule 9-109.

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URCrP029. Disability and disqualification of a judge or change of venue. Amend. Eliminates the option of the Judicial Council’s presiding officer serving as the assigning judge on a motion to disqualify. Provides that assignment in justice court cases will be in accordance with new Utah Code of Judicial Administration Rule 9-109.

Utah Code of Judicial Administration

UCJA09-0109. Presiding judges. New. Establishes the procedure for election, term of office, role, responsibilities, and authority of presiding judges, associate presiding judges, and education directors for justice courts. Effective April 1, 2018 pursuant to UCJA Rule 2-205.

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Rules of Civil Procedure – Effective May 1, 2018

URCP005. Service and filing of pleadings and other papers. Amend.  Provides that the court submitting a paper to the electronic filing service provider is a valid method of service if the person being served has an electronic filing account. Also provides that certificates of service are not required for papers that are prepared and served by the court when service to all parties is made under paragraph (b)(3)(A). 

URCP006. Time. Amend. Adopts the prisoner mailbox rule, which provides that pleadings and papers filed or served by an inmate confined in an institution are timely if they are deposited in the institution’s internal mail system on or before the last day for filing. Also provides that when a party is not represented by an attorney, does not have an electronic filing account, and may or must act within a specified time after the filing of a paper, the period of time within which the party may or must act is counted from the service date and not the filing date of the paper.

URCP026.03. Subpoena. Amend. In response to recent legislative updates to Utah Code section 78B-6-810, changes the language in paragraphs (b)(2) and (c) from “occupancy hearing” to “evidentiary hearing” and removes the language “to determine occupancy” in those paragraphs. Also removes the reference to commercial tenants in paragraph (a).

URCP045. Subpoena. Amend. Makes a technical amendment in conformity with Rule 6.

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Rules of Civil Procedure – Effective May 1, 2017

URCP007. Pleadings allowed; motions, memoranda, hearings, orders. Amend. Returns pre-2015 paragraph (b)(2) language addressing limits on orders to show cause to new paragraph (q).
 
URCP035. Physical and mental examination of persons. Amend. The 2017 amendments to Rule 35 clarify when there is overlap between a Rule 26(a)(4) expert report and when there is not. They also provide the shorter of a 60-day time frame or 7 days prior to the close of fact discovery in which the party requesting the Rule 35 examination must disclose the report to the person being examined.
 
URCP045. Subpoena. Amend. In conformity with Rule 84’s repeal, makes a technical amendment to paragraph (a)(1)(E). Also makes a technical amendment to paragraph (i) in anticipation of the prisoner mailbox rule’s adoption.
 
URCP065C. Post-conviction relief. Amend. Expressly makes all records in the criminal case under review, including the records in an appeal of that conviction, part of the trial court record in the petition for post-conviction relief.
URCP084. Forms. Repeal. Since the task of creating and updating court forms resides with the newly formed Judicial Council Standing Committee on Forms under UCJA Rules 1-205 and 3-117, the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure will no longer create forms.
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Rules of Civil Procedure – Effective May 1, 2017

URCP034 Production of documents and things and entry upon land for inspection and other purposes. Amend. The 2017 amendments to Rule 34(b)(2) adopt 1) the specificity requirement in the 2015 amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(b)(2)(B), 2) a portion of Federal Rule 34(b)(2)(C) dealing with the basis for an objection to production, and 3) some clarifying language from the federal note.

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Rules of Civil Procedure – Effective November 1, 2016

URCP004. Process. Amend. The proposed amendment eliminates the authority to serve a defendant any time before trial, see St. Jeor v. Kerr Corporation, 2015 UT 49, ¶2. It also allows for and describes acceptance of the summons and complaint, which replaces the section on waiver of service, and it requires proof of service to include a copy of the summons.

URCP015. Amended and supplemental pleadings. Amend. Adopts the federal rule governing relation-back of an amended pleading when the amended pleading adds a new party. See Wright v. P.K. Transport, 2014 UT App 93. ¶¶ 18-22, Voros concurring. Requires that the proposed amended pleading be attached to the motion for permission to file an amended pleading. Adopts many of the grammar and style amendments of the federal rule.

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