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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.

URAP Rule 31 (Rules of Appellate Procedure)


Rule 31. Expedited decisions.
Rule printed on June 3, 2023 at 2:08 am. Go to https://www.utcourts.gov/rules for current rules.
Effective: 11/1/2021

(a) Motion for expedited decision. After all briefs in an appeal have been filed, a party may move for an expedited decision without a written opinion. The motion must be in the form prescribed by Rule 27 and must describe: the nature of the case, the issues presented, and any special reasons the parties may have for an expedited decision.

(b) Cases that qualify for expedited decision. The following are matters that the court may consider for expedited decision without opinion:

(1) appeals where all parties stipulate to an expedited decision;

(2) appeals involving uncomplicated factual issues based primarily on documents;

(3) summary judgments;

(4) dismissals for failure to state a claim;

(5) dismissals for lack of personal or subject matter jurisdiction; and

(6) judgments or orders based on uncomplicated issues of law.

(c) Procedure for expedited decision. If a motion for expedited decision is granted, the appeal will be given an expedited setting for oral argument within 45 to 60 days from the date of the order granting the motion. Within two days after submission of the appeal, the court will conference, decide the case, and issue a written order which need not be accompanied by an opinion. The judgment of the court will be entered when the clerk dockets the order.

(d) Effect as precedent. Appeals decided under paragraph (e)will not stand as precedent but will otherwise have the same force and effect as other court decisions.

(e) Issuing a written opinion. If the court decides to issue a written opinion, the time limitation in paragraph (c) will not apply and the parties will be so notified.

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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