Category: -Rules of Criminal Procedure

Rules of Criminal Procedure

URCrP 007. Proceedings before magistrate. Amend. Authorizes a magistrate to issue a material witness warrant at the same time bail is fixed.
URCrP 040. Search warrants. Amend. Makes all sealed search warrants public after six months. The prosecutor or law enforcement officer may apply for additional six month sealing periods.

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URCrP 027A. Stays pending appeal from a court not of record- appeals for a trial de novo. New. Governs the procedures for stays pending the appeal of a final decision in a justice court. Does not apply to DUI cases. Includes circumstances in which a stay may be denied. Sets forth the conditions that a justice court may impose as a part of the stay. Effective on the same day as S.B. 214, the legislation that prompted this rule. Effective May 7, 2012 under Rule 11-105(5).
URCrP 027B. Stays pending appeal from a court not of record- hearings de novo, DUI, and reckless driving cases. Renumber Rule 27A and amend. Applies in DUI cases and appeals of hearings de novo. Contains essentially the same criteria that existed in previous Rule 27A. Effective on the same day as S.B. 214, the legislation that prompted this rule. Effective May 7, 2012 under Rule 11-105(5). Subject to change after the comment period.
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URCrP 007. Proceedings before magistrate. Amend. Implements the Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Hernandez, 2011 UT 70, requiring preliminary hearings in class A misdemeanors.
URCrP 036. Withdrawal of counsel. Amend. Requires counsel to include in a motion to withdraw a certification that withdrawal is consistent with the rules of professional conduct.

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URCrP 004. Prosecution of public offenses. Amend. Allows prosecutors to add or change charges before trial as long as the substantial rights of the defendant are not prejudiced.

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URCrP 013. Pretrial conference. Amend. The change makes a defendant’s waiver of the right to appear at a pretrial conference subject to court approval. Occasionally judges want defendants at pretrial conferences because of the substantive issues that are discussed.

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URCrP 015A. Scientific, Lab, and Analytical Reports – When prosecution required to produce foundation and chain of custody witnesses. Repeal. The rule was enacted in 2010 to create a streamlined process to address the confrontation issues established by Melendez-Diaz. The rule has had the opposite effect, creating additional and unnecessary work for both prosecutors and defense attorneys.

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URCrP 15A. Scientific, Lab, and Analytical Reports – When prosecution required to produce foundation and chain of custody witnesses. New. Describes when the prosecution is required to produce foundation and chain of custody witnesses. Effective February 26, 2010 under Rule 2-205. Subject to change after the comment period.
Supreme Court Order.

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URCrP 27. Stays pending appeal from courts of record. Amend. The amendments remove courts not of record from the rule. The process for courts not of record will be in new rule 27A. The amendments also make structural changes to help clarify the process for seeking a stay.
URCrP 27A. Stays pending appeal from courts not of record. New. This is a new rule specifically directed at appellate stays in justice court proceedings. The rule creates 3 different processes depending on the type of judgment appealed. Judgments with no jail time are automatically stayed. A notice of appeal on a judgment of incarceration less than 30 days serves as an automatic motion for a stay. In cases involving a judgment of 30 days or more, a motion must be filed. A judgment for incarceration of 30 days are more. There is a presumption in favor of a stay.
URCrP 38. Appeals from Justice Court to District Court. Amend. The amendments provide more detail on the process for appealing justice court judgments. The amendments describe the contents of the notice of appeal, the duties of the justice court when transferring the case, and the duties of the district in handling the appeal.

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URCrP 08. Appointment of counsel. Amend. The amendments change the requirements to be appointed in capital cases, including increasing the number of education hours and requiring substantial work on a prior capital case.
URCrP 15.5. Out of court statement and testimony of child victims or child witnesses of sexual or physical abuse – Conditions of admissibility. Amend. The amendments are intended to help bring the rule into compliance with the requirements of Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36, 124 S. Ct. 1354, 158 L. Ed. 2d 177 (2004).
URCrP 33. Regulation of conduct in the courtroom. Amend. The amendments will permit a judge to sanction an attorney or party for incivility in pleadings or courtroom conduct.

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