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You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Water Right Adjudications

General Adjudication Process

Utah, like other western states, is conducting general adjudications of all of the water rights within several major drainages. These proceedings, which are complex and lengthy legal actions, are being conducted for several reasons. First, these adjudications are an effort to recognize, quantify, and prioritize water rights that, in some cases, extend back into the 1800's. Second, these adjudications will result in a centralized record of the water rights that are recognized as valid, and will eliminate water rights or parts of water rights that — for whatever reason — the law does not recognize or no longer acknowledges as valid.

General adjudications are complex legal proceedings that affect valuable property rights. Like any lawsuit involving important legal issues, it is usually to your advantage to consult with a qualified attorney early in the process. Even if you decide not to retain a lawyer, early consultation with an attorney will help you in making that decision. You may wish to talk to other individuals participating in an objection proceeding to see if your interests and positions are the same. If they are, you may wish to join together to assert a common position or retain a lawyer. You may learn that major parties have competing positions and that some of the major parties, although not representing you, may support your position on a specific issue. You should also be mindful that these objection proceedings must be conducted in accordance with the Utah Rules of Evidence and Rules of Civil Procedure, and that the State Engineer is a party in each objection proceeding and will be represented by lawyers in the Office of the Utah Attorney General. Please also know that although you have the right to represent yourself in an objection proceeding, unless you are authorized to practice law in the courts of the State of Utah, you will not be permitted to represent or appear for any other person, including family members, or a corporation, company, or trust that you own or control.

Utah Lake and Jordan River Adjudication

  • Map
  • Order of Reference - PDF
  • Amended Order of Reference - PDF

Standing Orders

  • Special Master's Standing Order No. 1 - PDF
    (On Management Of Certain Objection Proceedings Before The Special Master)
  • Special Master's Amended And Restated Standing Order No. 1 - PDF
    (On Management Of Certain Objection Proceedings Before The Special Master)
  • Order Granting Ex Parte Motion To Clarify Standing Order No. 1 - PDF
  • Special Master's Second Amended and Restated Standing Order No. 1 - PDF
    (On Management of Objections Filed On or Before June 28, 2016), dated September 26, 2017
  • Special Master's Standing Order No. 2 - PDF
    (On Management of Objections to Lists of Unclaimed Rights of Record Before the Special Master), dated May 3, 2017
  • Special Master's Standing Order No. 3 - PDF
    (On Management of Objections Filed After June 28, 2016), dated September 27, 2017

Order Governing Filing

  • Order Governing Filing - PDF


  • Notice Of Intent To Proceed With Objection Proceeding - PDF | Word
  • Notice of Affected Party Participation in Water Right Objection Proceeding - PDF | Word

Subdivision/Subcase numbers

  • Subdivision/Subcase numbers - PDF

SE Service Matrices

  • Spanish Fork, Book1 - PDF
  • Spanish Fork, Book 2 - PDF
  • Cedar Valley - PDF
  • Cedar Valley Supplement (First) - PDF
  • Cedar Valley Supplement (Second) - PDF
  • SLC Northwest - PDF
  • SLC Central - PDF
  • SLC West 59-03 - PDF
  • SLC West 59-03-09 - PDF
  • SLC West Supplement - PDF
  • SLC Southwest - PDF
  • Pleasant Grove - PDF
  • Palmyra-Lake Shore - PDF
  • Hobble Creek - PDF
  • Round Valley - PDF
  • Goshen Valley - PDF

Objection Service Lists

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.

Page Last Modified: 10/11/2017
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