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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.

UCJA Rule 4-202 (Code of Judicial Administration)


Rule 4-202. Purpose.
Rule printed on June 2, 2023 at 9:34 am. Go to https://www.utcourts.gov/rules for current rules.
Effective: 11/1/2005


To recognize the delicate balance of interests served by open and closed court records.


This rule applies to the judicial branch.

Statement of the Rule:

(1) This list of interests served by public court records is not exhaustive but is meant to illustrate the important objectives of open government:

(1)(A) to obtain information concerning the conduct of the public’s business;

(1)(B) to educate the public about the workings of government and the decisions being made on the public’s behalf;

(1)(C) to contribute to informed debate;

(1)(D) to hold public officers and employees accountable;

(1)(E) to increase public confidence;

(1)(F) to give notice of important claims, rights and obligations; and

(1)(G) to provide material for independent research on improving government policy.

(2) This list of interests served by non-public court records is not exhaustive but is meant to illustrate the important objectives protected by selectively closing court records:

(2)(A) to protect personal privacy;

(2)(B) to protect personal and public safety;

(2)(C) to protect a property interest that would be lost or devalued if opened to public view;

(2)(D) to promote the rehabilitation of offenders, especially youthful offenders; and

(2)(E) to protect non-parties participating in the court process, such as victims, witnesses, and jurors.

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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