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Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, and Rules of Professional Conduct – Effective May 1, 2021

Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP083. AMEND. The proposed amendments would bring represented parties into the rule’s purview. They would also permit any court to rely on another court’s vexatious litigant findings and order their own restrictions.

Rules Governing Constitutional Challenges

The following amendments to Civil Rule 24,Criminal Rule 12, and Appellate Rule 25A  are intended to better coordinate the provisions addressing constitutional challenges. The amendments do the following:

  • Address service on the Attorney General and other governmental entities;
  • Broaden the kinds of challenges that may arise;
  • Clarify that it is the governmental entity that responds, not the county or municipal attorney (which can be a contracted position in certain jurisdictions);
  • Eliminate outdated language in Civil Rule 24 in favor of the updated federal language;
  • Clarify in each rule the process and timing for the Attorney General or other governmental entity to respond to a constitutional challenge; and
  • Eliminate the requirement in Appellate Rule 25A that the Attorney General state the reasons for declining to file an amicus brief.

URCP024 – Redline and URCP024 – Clean

URCrP012 – Redline

URAP025A – Redline

Rules of Professional Conduct

RPC05.04. Professional Independence of a Lawyer. AMEND. Adds a clarifying comment to the rule.

Supreme Court Order for Civil Rules 83 and 24

Supreme Court Order for Criminal Rule 12

Supreme Court Order for Appellate Rule 25A

Supreme Court Order for Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 5.4

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Rules of Criminal Procedure – Effective November 1, 2015

URCrP002 Time. Amend. Changes the way time will be computed, marking time in calendar days, rather than business days. Includes a provision for counting times stated in hours.
URCrP004 Prosecution of public offenses. Amend. Requires prosecutors to list the citation number on an information if a citation was previously issued in the case in order to ensure that cases can be consolidated when they are electronically filed. Makes technical changes.
URCrP012 Motions. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP014 Subpoena. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP016 Discovery. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP017 The trial. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP021A Presentence investigation reports; Restitution. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP022 Sentence, judgment and commitment. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP024 Motion for new trial. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP026 Written orders, judgments and decrees. Amend. Requires the court to prepare the final judgment and sentence. Requires litigants to submit motions and orders as separate documents. Makes technical changes.
URCrP027 Stays of sentence pending appeals from courts of record. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP027B Stays pending appeal from a court not of record – hearings de novo, DUI, and reckless driving cases. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP028 Disposition after appeal. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP029 Disability and disqualification of a judge or change of venue. Amend. Establishes a process for change of venue in justice courts. Clarifies the change of venue process in courts of record. Makes technical changes.
URCrP029A Change of judge as a matter of right. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
URCrP038 Appeals from justice court to district court. Amend. Conforms the computation of time to the approach of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure. Deadlines of 30 days or less in several rules will be modified to a uniform 7/14/21/28 days.
Supreme Court Order

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Rules of Criminal Procedure

URCrP 11. Pleas. Amend. Clarifies that a judge may approve or reject an agreement to reduce or dismiss charges.
URCrP 12. Motions. Amend. There are two proposed amendments. The first states that a party may submit a written request to submit for decision, but may also otherwise bring a motion to the attention of the court. The second states that a motion challenging jurisdiction must be raised at least five days trial to trial, unless good cause is shown.
URCrP 24. Motion for new trial. Amend. Clarifies the time within which a motion for new trial must be filed, and that an extension must be obtained prior to the expiration of the original period.
URCrP 27. Stays pending appeal. Amend. Clarifies that an appeal of a probable cause denial is to the court where the notice of appeal is transmitted.
URCrP 29A. Change of judge as a matter of right. Amend. Changes the time within which a notice of change must be filed. The time is tied to either assignment after bindover or rejection of a proposed disposition.
Supreme Court Order.

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Utah Rules of Criminal Procedure

URCrP 07. Proceedings before magistrate. Amend. Conforms the rule to the statute which allows justice court judges to make probable cause determinations in first degree felonies. Also eliminates the requirement of a written bindover order.
URCrP 11. Pleas. Amend. States that compliance with the rule will be determined by reviewing the entire record and variances which do not affect substantial rights will be disregarded.
URCrP 12. Motions. Amend. Clarifies that motions for a reduction may be filed any time after sentencing.
Supreme Court Order.

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Utah Rules of Criminal Procedure

URCrP 12. Motions. Amend. Describes the process for motions to suppress, including the contents of the motion and whether a written response is required.
URCrP 21A. Presentence investigation reports; Restitution. Renumber from URCrP 21.5 and amend. Changes designation of PSI report from “controlled” to “protected” to conform with statute.
URCrP 27. Stays pending appeal . Amend. Requires a party to serve the Attorney General when seeking a certificate of probable cause from appellate court in a felony case.

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