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Rules of Criminal Procedure

URCrP 007. Proceedings before magistrate. Amend. Changes the time for probable cause from 48 hours to 24 hours after the arrest. Requires that the magistrate release the arrestee after 24 hours unless the officer is able to establish that the delay was caused by a bona fide emergency or other extraordinary circumstances.
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URCrP 007. Proceedings before magistrate. Amend. Creates a process for review by the court when someone is arrested on a material witness warrant.
URCrP 029. Disability and disqualification of a judge or change of venue. Amend. Clarifies that a request to submit for decision is not required on a motion to disqualify. The amendment also states that other parties may not file a response to the motion.
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URCrP 027A. Stays pending appeal from a court not of record- appeals for a trial de novo. New. Governs the procedures for stays pending the appeal of a final decision in a justice court. Does not apply to DUI cases. Includes circumstances in which a stay may be denied. Sets forth the conditions that a justice court may impose as a part of the stay. Effective on the same day as S.B. 214, the legislation that prompted this rule. Effective May 7, 2012 under Rule 11-105(5). Subject to change after the comment period. To comment on this rule, click here.
URCrP 027B. Stays pending appeal from a court not of record- hearings de novo, DUI, and reckless driving cases. Renumber Rule 27A and amend. Applies in DUI cases and appeals of hearings de novo. Contains essentially the same criteria that existed in previous Rule 27A. Effective on the same day as S.B. 214, the legislation that prompted this rule. Effective May 7, 2012 under Rule 11-105(5). Subject to change after the comment period.To comment on this rule, click here.
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URCrP 027A. Stays pending appeal from a court not of record- appeals for a trial de novo. New. Governs the procedures for stays pending the appeal of a final decision in a justice court. Does not apply to DUI cases. Includes circumstances in which a stay may be denied. Sets forth the conditions that a justice court may impose as a part of the stay. Effective on the same day as S.B. 214.
URCrP 027B. Stays pending appeal from a court not of record- hearings de novo, DUI, and reckless driving cases. Renumber Rule 27A and amend. Applies in DUI cases and appeals of hearings de novo. Contains essentially the same criteria that existed in previous Rule 27A. Effective on the same day as S.B. 214.
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URCrP 004. Prosecution of public offenses. Amend. Allows prosecutors to add or change charges before trial as long as the substantial rights of the defendant are not prejudiced
URCrP 007. Proceedings before magistrate. Amend. Implements the Supreme Court’s decision in State v. Hernandez, 2011 UT 70, requiring preliminary hearings in class A misdemeanors.
URCrP 036. Withdrawal of counsel. Amend. Requires counsel to include in a motion to withdraw a certification that withdrawal is consistent with the rules of professional conduct.
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URCrP 015A. Scientific, Lab, and Analytical Reports – When prosecution required to produce foundation and chain of custody witnesses. Repeal. The rule was enacted in 2010 to create a streamlined process to address the confrontation issues established by Melendez-Diaz. The rule has had the opposite effect, creating additional and unnecessary work for both prosecutors and defense attorneys.
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URCrP 27. Stays pending appeal from courts of record. Amend. The amendments remove courts not of record from the rule. The process for courts not of record will be in new rule 27A. The amendments also make structural changes to help clarify the process for seeking a stay.
URCrP 27A. Stays pending appeal from courts not of record. New. This is a new rule specifically directed at appellate stays in justice court proceedings. The rule creates 3 different processes depending on the type of judgment appealed. Judgments with no jail time are automatically stayed. A notice of appeal on a judgment of incarceration less than 30 days serves as an automatic motion for a stay. In cases involving a judgment of 30 days or more, a motion must be filed. A judgment for incarceration of 30 days are more. There is a presumption in favor of a stay.
URCrP 38. Appeals from Justice Court to District Court. Amend. The amendments provide more detail on the process for appealing justice court judgments. The amendments describe the contents of the notice of appeal, the duties of the justice court when transferring the case, and the duties of the district in handling the appeal.
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URCrP 15.5. Out of court statement and testimony of child victims or child witnesses of sexual or physical abuse – Conditions of admissibility. Amend. The amendments are intended to help bring the rule into compliance with the requirements of Crawford v. Washington, 541 U.S. 36, 124 S. Ct. 1354, 158 L. Ed. 2d 177 (2004).
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URCrP 33. Regulation of conduct in the courtroom. Amend. The amendments will permit a judge to sanction an attorney or party for incivility in pleadings or courtroom conduct.
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URCrP 11. Pleas. Amend. Requires the court to notify a defendant convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor in order to comply with federal law.
URCrP 22. Sentence, judgment and commitment. Amend. Requires the court to notify a defendant convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor in order to comply with federal law.
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URCrP 14. Subpoenas. Amend. Creates a new process for gaining access to records of a victim. The court must approve any subpoena or order for confidential records related to a victim. The court conducts an in camera review of the records and may place restrictions on dissemination. Effective Date: November 1, 2007.
URCrP 18. Selection of the jury. Amend. Clarifies the standard for removing a juror for cause based on the juror’s views on capital punishment. Effective Date: November 1, 2007.

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