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Code of Judicial Administration – Effective January 1, 2024

CJA06-0301. Authority of court commissioner as magistrate. (AMEND). Within the bounds of Utah Code section 78A-5-107 and constitutional limitations on the delegation of judicial authority, broadens commissioners’ magistrate authority.

Supreme Court Order for CJA 6-301

CJA04-0202.08. Fees for records, information, and services. (AMEND). Clarifies that court appointed attorneys requesting records on behalf of an indigent client qualify for a fee waiver. Removes bulk data fees and individual hourly rates from the rule. Rates will be posted on the court webpage.

Supreme Court Order for CJA 4-202.08

CJA04-0202.02. Records classification. (AMEND)

CJA04-0202.03. Records access. (AMEND)

Classifies video records of court proceedings as sealed and limits access to official court transcribers, court employees, and anyone by court order.

Supreme Court Order for CJA 4-202.02

Supreme Court Order for CJA 4-202.03

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Rules of Juvenile Procedure – Effective November 15, 2023

URJP009. Detention hearings; scheduling; hearing procedure. Amend. The approved amendments to Rule 9 include a correction to the referenced statute in paragraph (a), and the addition of paragraph (o), allowing the juvenile court to review predisposition orders to detention every 30 days instead of every seven days when there is concurrent jurisdiction in the district and juvenile courts or when a criminal information is pending in the juvenile court. The changes also include replacing the language “shall” with “must” or “will” to comply with the Supreme Court Style Guide.

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Rules of Evidence – Effective November 1, 2023

URE0101. Scope; Definitions. Amend. The amendments add certain definitions in subparagraph (b) to clarify the applicability of the Utah Rules of Evidence to juvenile court proceedings, and add subparagraph (c) to specify that in the event of conflict between these definitions and the Utah Rules of Juvenile Procedure, the latter rules govern.

URE0412. Admissibility of Victim’s Sexual Behavior of Predisposition. Amend. Subparagraph (a) is amended to omit the specific reference to “juvenile delinquency” proceedings. In view of the proposed amendments to URE 101 and 1101, the reference is unnecessary. The reference could also be confusing since other rules that likewise apply to juvenile delinquency proceedings do not include such specific references.

URE0615. Excluding Witnesses. Amend. Subparagraphs (d) and (e) are amended to omit the specific references to “juvenile delinquency” proceedings. In view of the proposed amendments to URE 101 and 1101, the references are unnecessary. The references could also be confusing since other rules that likewise apply to juvenile delinquency proceedings do not include such specific references.

URE1101. Applicability of Rules. Amend. Subparagraph (a) is amended to add a provision clarifying that the Utah Rules of Evidence apply to “all juvenile court proceedings unless stated otherwise in the Utah Rules of Juvenile Procedure.”

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Rules of Juvenile Procedure – Effective November 1, 2023 – CORRECTED

URJP022. Initial appearance and preliminary examination in cases under Section 80-6-503. Amend. The approved amendments to Rule 22 include: (1) adding reference to Utah Code section 80-6-504 to the title; (2) changing the term “preliminary examination” to “preliminary hearing”; (3) in paragraph (f), adding reference to subsection (3) of 80-6-504; (4) in paragraph (g), clarifying timelines for scheduling preliminary hearings based on whether a youth is in custody, removing reference to Utah Code section 80-6-503, and moving the language allowing extension to time periods to the end of the paragraph; (5) replacing the language in paragraph (h) and making reference to 80-6-504(11); (6) removing specific probable cause language in paragraph (j) and making reference to 80-6-504(2)(a) and 80-6-503(3) instead; and, (7) adding “may” to the second clause of paragraph (k) to mirror the language of Rule 7B of the Utah Rules of Criminal Procedure.  The changes also include replacing the language “shall” with “must” or “will” to comply with the Supreme Court Style Guide. Lastly, a previous version of Rule 22 was circulated that unintentionally included the language “in whole or in part” in paragraph (k) that had been previously removed by the legislature on May 3, 2023. Effective November 1, 2023.

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Rules Governing the Utah State Bar and Rules of Professional Practice – Effective November 1, 2023

USB14-0207.  Finances. Approved. This rule amendment requires the Utah State Bar to annually submit to the Supreme Court  recommendations on increasing, decreasing, or maintaining current licensing fees.

Supreme Court Order for USB 14-207

RPP11-0107. Open and Public Meetings. Approved. This rule amendment adds the newly established Advisory Committee on the Rule of Business and Chancery Procedure to this rule as a committee that must only hold open meetings.

Supreme Court Order for RPP 11-107

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Rules of Appellate Procedure – Effective November 1, 2023

URAP005. Discretionary appeals from interlocutory orders. The approved amendments to Rule 5 include: (1) Make the process for preparing the record consistent with those in other types of appeals; and (2) remove the language requiring that ordering of transcripts be expedited (if parties require an expedited appeal, they may file a 23C motion for emergency relief).

URAP014. Review of administrative orders: how obtained, intervention. The approved amendments to Rule 14 include: (1) add a filing fee provision. This provision was inadvertently removed from the rule in 2016 as part of an effort to revise the rules to address efiling. The Committee is adding the provision back into the rule to make the filing fee requirement explicit, consistent with the fee requirements in Rules 3 and 5.

URAP050. Response; reply. The approved amendments to Rule 50 include: (1) add language which will allow a party to respond to a petition for writ of certiorari only when the Court requests one, as is the current practice for responses to petitions for interlocutory appeal (Rule 5(f)) and for rehearing (Rule 35(a)(4)); (2) remove language about the timing for a response when the filing fee is paid after the petition is served, because responses will no longer be permitted unless requested by the Court (additionally, Rule 48(a) addresses the filing fee requirement); and (3) clean up language for clarity and consistency.

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