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Rules Governing the Utah State Bar – Comment Period Closes December 17, 2020

The Supreme Court Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education is proposing changes to the MCLE Rules that govern licensed attorneys.  For more information, please see the attached letter from David Hirschi, Chair MCLE Board.

David Hirschi MCLE Letter



















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Rules of Appellate Procedure – Comment Period Closes December 17, 2020

URAP034. Costs. Amend. The proposed amendments to Rule 34: (1) provide a flat $3.00 per page for costs in 34(c)(1); (2) change dates throughout the rule to increments of seven; (3) comport the rule with Standing Order 11 (Regarding filing documents by email); (4) replace the term “taxed” to “awarded” throughout the rule; and (5) clean up other language for clarity and consistency.

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Code of Judicial Administration – Comment Period Closed November 21, 2020

CJA03-0301.01. State Court Administrator—Complaints and Performance Review; Complaints Regarding Judicial Officers and State Court Employees (NEW)

Establishes the Management Performance Review Committee, outlines a process for reviewing the performance of the State Court Administrator, and creates an avenue by which complaints regarding the State Court Administrator, judicial officers, and state court employees can be received, reviewed, and investigated.

CJA03-0105. Administration of the Judiciary (NEW)
Sets forth the authority of judges, courts, the Supreme Court, and the Judicial Council to administer the functions of the judicial branch.  Creates a process by which the Supreme Court and Judicial Council may assess and determine exclusive and predominate authority, and how those two bodies will communicate with each other when issues arise.
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Code of Judicial Administration – Comment Period Closed November 20, 2020

CJA03-0201. Court Commissioners (AMEND)
Clarifies that both the Council and presiding judges can take corrective actions in response to a complaint or poor performance, and “removal” was added as a possible corrective action.

CJA03-0201.02. Court Commissioner Conduct Committee (AMEND)
More clearly defines the committee’s charge and complaint procedures, and creates an appeals process if the Committee dismisses a complaint without a hearing.

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Rules of Criminal Procedure – Comment period closed November 13, 2020

The amendments and new rule are related to pretrial release practices in response to HB 206.

URCrP004. Amend. Prosecution by information.

URCrP006. Amend. Warrant of arrest or summons.

URCrP007. Amend. Initial proceeding for class A misdemeanors and felonies.

URCrP007A. Amend. Procedures for arraignment on class B and C misdemeanors, or infractions.

URCrP009. Amend. Proceedings for persons arrested without a warrant on suspicion of crime.

URCrP009A. Amend. Proceedings for persons arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant.

URCrP010. Amend. Arraignment.

URCrP027. Amend. Stay of sentence pending motions for new trial or appeal from court of record.

URCrP027A. Amend. Stays pending approval from a court not of record – Appeals for a trial de novo.

URCrP027B. Amend. Stays pending approval from a court not of record – Hearings de novo, DUI and reckless driving case.

URCrP028. Amend. Disposition after appeal.

URCrP038. Amend. Appeals from justice court and district court.

URCrP041.  New. Unsecured bonds.


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Code of Judicial Administration – Comment Period Extended to December 1, 2020

CJA03-0101. Judicial Performance Standards (AMEND).

The proposed amendments to Rules 3-101 establish a definition for “submitted” for purposes of the case under advisement performance standard. The updates also provide discretion to the Council to excuse full compliance with the performance standards regarding cases under advisement and education hours for circumstances beyond the judge’s control, pursuant to Utah Code section 78A-2-223.

The comment period’s expiration is extended from September 8, 2020 to December 1, 2020. The previous notice of comment period is found here.

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Rules Governing the State Bar – Comment Period Closed October 17, 2020

Proposed changes allow domestic relations commissioners, retired and senior judges to serve on fee dispute panels. Changes also increase the jurisdictional amount from $3,000 to $10,000 for one lawyer to arbitrate a fee dispute. Other changes are proposed to include licensed paralegal practitioners in the fee dispute rules.

USB14-1101. Definitions.

USB14-1102. Purpose and composition of the committee.

USB14-1105. Selection of the arbitration panel; additional claims.

USB14-1107. Award; form; service of award; judicial confirmation of award.

USB14-1108. Relief granted by award; accord and satisfaction application to court; confidentiality; enforceability of award; claims of malpractice.

USB14-1114. Matters entitled to mediation.


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