Category: URCP041

Rules of Civil Procedure – Comment Period Closed April 30, 2022

URCP004. Process. AMEND. Based upon the regular practice with default judgments the Committee is proposing a change of the word “will” to “may” in subsection (c)(1)(E).  The rule would then read that a “judgment by default may be entered against the defendant.”

URCP041.  Dismissal of actions. AMEND. The issue of dismissing an action as to a particular party was brought to the Committee.  The example posed included a multi-defendant case where a settlement agreement may have been reached as to some, but not all defendants, and the plaintiff sought to dismiss the action as to those particular defendants, but not all of the defendants.  Rule 41 currently addresses the dismissal of an “action.”  The Committee is proposing a change to subsections (a)(1)(A) and (a)(2) that would permit a plaintiff to dismiss an action “or any party or portion thereof.”

URCP042. Consolidation; separate trials; venue transfer. AMEND. A change is being proposed to (a)(3) from the word “new” to “single,” because procedurally clerks do not issue a new case number to cases that have been consolidated, rather the case is moved under one case number already in existence.

URCP043. Evidence. AMEND. Changes to the language of the remote hearing oath outlined in subsection (c) to remove the language “issue (or matter) pending between ___ and ___” to be replaced by the word “matter.”  Particularly for cases in juvenile court where the caption is “State of Utah in the interest of …” the language in the oath is more encompassing if read “evidence you shall give in this matter” when administering the oath.

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Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP 009. Pleading special matters. Amend. Removes the paragraph regarding a petition to renew a judgment. The process to renew a judgment is governed by proposed Rule 58C and the Judgment Renewal Act. Adopts much of the style and grammar of the federal rule.
URCP 026.01. Disclosure and discovery in domestic relations actions. Amend. Amends the disclosure deadlines to conform to Rule 26.
URCP 026.02. Disclosures in personal injury actions. Amend. Corrects a reference to amended Rule 9.
URCP 041. Dismissal of actions. Amend. Removes the provision for ruling against a plaintiff for failure to prove a right to relief, a similar but broader provision having been added to Rule 52, as in the federal rules. Adopts much of the style and grammar of the federal rule.
URCP 054. Judgment; costs. Amend. Establishes a process to add attorney fees and costs to a judgment.
URCP 058A. Entry of judgment; abstract of judgment. Amend. In conjunction with amendments to rule 4 of the Utah Rules of Appellate Procedure, establishes a new policy on time in which to appeal a judgment when a motion for attorney fees has been filed. A motion for attorney fees would have the same effect as a motion under rules 50, 52, and 59 of the Rules of Civil Procedure, extending the time in which to appeal to 30 days after the order on the motion, effectively overturning ProMax Development Corp. v. Raile, 2000 UT 4, 998 P.2d 254.
URCP 058C. Motion to renew judgment. New. In conjunction with the Judgment Renewal Act and the amendment to Rule 9, describes the process for renewing a judgment.
URCP 073. Attorney fees. Amend. Modifies the process for claiming attorney fees. Adopts many features of FRCP 54(d).

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Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP 007. Pleadings allowed; motions, memoranda, hearings, orders, objection to commissioner’s order. Amend. Requires motion for the relief sought rather than motion for an order to show cause except to enforce an existing court order.
URCP 040. Scheduling and postponing a trial. Amend and Rename. Deletes obsolete requirement for a local rule to govern trial settings. Simplify text.
URCP 041. Dismissal of actions. Amend. Deletes obsolete reference to Rule 66.
URCP 101. Motion practice before court commissioners. Amend. Requires motion for the relief sought rather than motion for an order to show cause except to enforce an existing court order.

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