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Finding Legal Help

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.

eFiling in District and Justice Courts

General Information

  • District Court - Case and Filing Types as of July 1, 2016 - PDF | Word
  • Justice Court - Case Types as of January 1, 2017 - PDF | Word

Note: eFiling for Juvenile Court has different processes that can be found on the eFiling in Juvenile Court page.

eFiling is now available to attorneys in all district courts for filings on all matters. All pleadings and other papers filed by attorneys in civil, probate, and domestic cases must be electronically filed. (See UCJA Rule 4-503.) All documents must be electronically filed in district and justice court criminal cases. (See UCJA Rule 4-603 for District courts and UCJA 9-302 for Justice Courts.)

All citations filed in district, justice and juvenile courts must be electronically filed. A citation may be manually filed in a justice court if a law enforcement agency is not able to access the efiling system. (See UCA 77-7-20.)

Government Filers. To efile on criminal cases, an attorney may use a government filing portal provided by the court or a certified Electronic Service Provider (EFSP).  Attorneys filing on both criminal and civil cases must use either the government portal or an EFSP for all filings. Those using the government filing portal will be required to pay all civil filing fees.

  • eFiling Standards - PDF
  • Formatting .RTF Documents Submitted for eFiling - PDF
  • Case Initiation Business Rules - PDF
    • District Court - Case Initiation Documents - PDF
    • Justice Court - Case Initiation Documents - PDF
  • Quick Reference to E-filing Document Names in District Court
    • Case Initiation Documents- PDF
    • Domestic Cases - PDF
    • Civil Cases - PDF
    • Probate Cases - PDF
    • Filing Adoption Cases - PDF
  • Quick Reference to E-filing Document Names in Justice Courts (coming soon)
  • eFiling Video Tips for Attorneys. A series of short videos on the basics of eFiling and how to avoid common mistakes.
  • How will Common Mistakes Affect you as Counsel? - PDF | PowerPoint
  • Certified eFiling Providers. Attorneys must contract with a certified Electronic Filing Service Provider (EFSP)¹ to file civil cases
  • Efiling Brochure. Everything attorneys need to know to begin civil eFiling - PDF
  • Frequently Asked Questions About eFiling- PDF
  • Electronic Filing Guide to Information about Court Rules, Definitions, Communication, and Privacy - PDF
  • eFiling-friendly Templates:
  • Instructions to convert numbered lists to text in MS Word - PDF
  • Classifying a Public Record as Private or Sealed - PDF
  • What Can and Can't be Electronically Filed - PDF
  • Pro Bono eFiling Policy - PDF

eFiling Criminal Cases

CJA 4-603. Mandatory Electronic Filing requires all documents other than the Information to be electronically filed in district court criminal cases.

The rule requires Informations to be electronically filed as of January 1, 2015. To meet the January 1, 2015 deadline, the court has modified the government filer portal to include the ability to file Informations, and the court has made available an API that will allow any third party to become certified as an efiling vendor for the purpose of filing all criminal documents.

Attorneys may use the government filing portal or a certified Electronic Service Provider (EFSP). Attorneys who maintain a private practice and also provide government representation must use either the government portal or an EFSP for all filings. Those using the government filing portal will be asked to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which outlines an agreement to pay all filing fees associated with their private practice cases.

Government attorneys may request a New User Account, by sending an email to efiling@utcourts.gov and including the following information: Attorney name, bar number, phone number, mailing address, email address, and a secondary (support staff) email address.

  • Criminal Efiling Training Outline and FAQs - PDF
  • Quick Reference to Document Types in District Court Criminal eFiling - PDF
  • Setting a Default Prosecutor - PDF
  • Step by Step Instructions to Efiling Criminal Informations - PDF
  • Training Materials for Prosecutors - PDF
  • Request an offense code be added to the Shared Master Offense Table (SMOT) smotrequest@utcourts.gov

Government Filers

Attorneys who do civil or criminal government work may use the government filing portal. Account requests should be sent by email to efiling@utcourts.gov: Attorneys name (as it appears with the bar), bar number, government agency and division, mailing address, phone number, email address for attorney and up to two alternate email addresses to receive electronic notifications.

  • Training Materials: Government Agency Attorneys, Civil Cases - PDF

Technical Difficulties

  • If you are a registered efiler and are experiencing problems with the eFiling system, please call your Electronic Filing Service Provider.
  • For court-related questions, contact an eFiling Specialist in the district in which you are filing. Here is the most current list of eFiling Specialists for District Courts. For Justice Courts, please contact the Justice Court directly.
  • Request for Data Correction - PDF | Word
    Required when correcting errors in eFiled information such as a misspelled defendant name, wrong judgment amounts, etc.)

¹ Attorneys may elect to build a system to submit electronic filings to the court. A non-disclosure agreement is required of all Electronic Filing Service Providers and filers building an interface to the court system. Non-Disclosure agreement. Upon submission of a non-disclosure agreement, an eFiling Integration Guide containing information about the Application Program Interface (API) will be provided.

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.

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