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UCJA Rule 4-701 (Code of Judicial Administration)


Rule 4-701. Failure to Appear.
Rule printed on January 31, 2023 at 6:14 am. Go to https://www.utcourts.gov/rules for current rules.
Effective: 5/12/2020


To establish a procedure for handling cases in which the defendant fails to appear and fails to remit a fine.


This rule shall apply to cases in which the defendant’s appearance is not required.

Statement of the Rule:

(1) When a case is filed, the clerk may mail to the defendant a notice indicating the fine amount. If the defendant fails to appear or remit the fine amount within fourteen days after receiving a citation, the clerk may increase the fine amount by $50 and mail the defendant a delinquency notice.

(2) If the defendant fails to appear or remit the fine amount within forty days after receiving a citation, the court may increase the fine amount by $75 and issue a warrant for failure to appear.

(3) If the defendant is a juvenile, the court may issue a bench warrant or order to take the defendant into custody. If a bench warrant is issued, a special designation or "flag" shall be placed on the warrant indicating that the defendant is a juvenile.

(4) If a minor fails to appear in juvenile court on a charge which would constitute an infraction if committed by an adult:

(4)(A) The court shall not issue an Order for Detention.

(4)(B) The court may authorize the probation department to file an order to show cause.

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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