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Rules of Appellate Procedure – Comment Period Closed December 25, 2016

URAP024 – The proposed amendment substantially changes the organization and content of briefs. An important objective of the amendment is to present the party’s case in logical order, in measured increments, and without unnecessary repetition. The principal brief of each party must meet the same requirements.
URAP024A – The proposed amendment collects in one separate rule the briefing requirements in cross-appeals.  The briefing requirements have also been clarified and simplified for ease of use.
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Appellate E-filing Rules — Comment Period Closed April 1, 2016

Summary of Amendments. The model for e-filing may change as the courts and lawyers gain experience, but the following points describe the main features of the model that we anticipate:

  • As in the district court and in the juvenile court, e-filing in the appellate courts will be optional when it is available, with mandatory e-filing by lawyers about 2-4 months after that. The AOC will host e-filing. There will be no third-party service providers, as there are in district court.
  • Self-represented parties will continue to file and serve documents by traditional means, but will be encouraged to e-mail them to the court and to the other parties.
  • Printed courtesy copies of some briefs will be required. Otherwise only a digital file will be filed.
  • As in the district court, e-filing a document has the effect of serving the document on other e-filers. Self-represented parties will have to serve and be served using traditional means, which will include email. Unlike URCP 5, service by email on a self-represented party will not require the party’s agreement.
  • The transcriber will electronically file the transcript, as is now the case.
  • The record in the review of an administrative agency will be assembled either as a digital or paper file, depending on the capability of the agency, and delivered to the appellate court.
  • There will be no traditional assembly of the record on appeal from the district court or juvenile court nor an electronic equivalent of assembly into a single digital file. Exhibits offered or introduced as evidence and not electronically filed in the trial court will be sent to the appellate court in the traditional way.
  • The digital records of the district court and juvenile court will be available to lawyers, self-represented parties and the courts through the courts’ e-filing systems. A digital file of assembled agency records will be available to lawyers, self-represented parties and the courts as a digital file. A paper file of assembled agency records will be checked out of the agency or the appellate court in the traditional manner. The court will print select portions of a digital file for a self-represented party upon request and a showing of need.
  • Citations in briefs and other appellate filings to the trial court record will be by the number of the document in the trial court docket and the relevant page number within the document. The citation to the trial court record will be a link to the relevant page of the document. Citations to the record of an administrative agency’s digital or paper file will be by citation to the relevant Bates number or page number of the file. The IT department of the AOC has developed an application to simplify the process of creating links, and the application will be publicly available.
  • A traditional signature on filings will be permitted but not required. The effective signature is the filer’s electronic signature, which is governed by Title 46, Chapter 4, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act. The filer’s electronic signature carries all of the representations and consequences of a traditional signature.

StandingOrder 08. As to establishment of a pilot program to require submission of electronic courtesy briefs to the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals.

CJA 05-0201.  Requests for enlargement of time by court recorders and transcribers. Amend.

URAP 003. Appeal as of right: how taken. Amend.

URAP 005. Discretionary appeals from interlocutory orders. Amend.

URAP 009. Docketing statement. Amend.

URAP 010. Motion for summary disposition. Amend.

URAP 011. The record on appeal. Amend.

URAP 012. Transmission of the record. Amend.

URAP 013. Notice of filing by clerk. Amend.

URAP 014. Review of administrative orders: how obtained; intervention. Amend.

URAP 016. The agency record on appeal. New.

URAP 019. Extraordinary writs. Amend.

URAP 020. Habeas corpus proceedings. Amend.

URAP 021. Filing and service. Amend.

URAP 021A. Hyperlinks. New.

URAP 022. Computation and enlargement of time. Amend.

URAP 023. Motions. Amend.

URAP 023B. Motion to remand for findings necessary to determination of ineffective assistance of counsel claim. Amend.

URAP 023C. Motion for emergency relief. Amend.

URAP 024. Briefs. Amend.

URAP 025. Brief of an amicus curiae or guardian ad litem. Amend.

URAP 026. Filing and service of briefs. Amend.

URAP 027. Form of briefs. Amend.

URAP 029. Oral argument. Amend.

URAP 034. Award of costs. Amend.

URAP 035. Petition for rehearing. Amend.

URAP 036. Issuance of remittitur. Amend.

URAP 039. Duties of the clerk. Amend.

URAP 041. Certification of questions of law by United States courts. Amend.

URAP 042. Transfer of case from Supreme Court to Court of Appeals. Amend.

URAP 043. Certification by the Court of Appeals to the Supreme Court. Amend.

URAP 047. Transmission of record; joint and separate petitions; cross-petitions; parties. Amend.

URAP 048. Time for petitioning. Amend.

URAP 050. Brief in opposition; reply brief; brief of amicus curiae. Amend.

URAP 051. Disposition of petition for writ of certiorari. Amend.

URAP 053. Notice of appeal. Amend.

URAP 054. Transcript of proceedings. Amend.

URAP 055. Petition on appeal. Amend.

URAP 056. Response to petition on appeal. Amend.

URAP 057. Record on appeal; transmission of record. Amend.

URAP 058. Ruling. Amend.

URAP 059. Extensions of time. Amend.

URAP 060. Judicial bypass appeals. Amend.

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Rules of Appellate Procedure

URAP 024. Briefs. Amend. Requires that an addendum to a brief in a termination of parental rights case be separately bound. Establishes requirements and guidelines for protecting the confidentiality of persons involved in the appeal of an adoption or termination of parental rights.
URAP 058. Ruling. Amend. Refers to the applicability of Rule 24 in appeals involving the termination of parental rights.

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URAP 004. Appeal as of right: when taken. Amend. Creates a process for litigants in civil cases to seek reinstatement of the 30 day period for filing an appeal. A trial court may reinstate the time for appeal if a party did not receive a notice of the judgment, because it was not promptly sent and the litigant otherwise exercised reasonable diligence in monitoring the proceedings.
URAP 014. Review of administrative orders: how obtained; intervention. Amend. Clarifies that payment of the filing fee is not jurisdictional, making the rule consistent with rule 3.
URAP 024. Briefs. Amend. Changes how a brief should be structured. Clarifies what should be included in each section and how much detail. Adds a word count limit in death sentence cases, doubling the limit in other appeals.

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URAP 024. Briefs. Amend. The proposed change creates a word limit for briefs rather than a page limit. A principal brief may have up to 14,000 words. Word limits are established for all other types of briefs.
URAP 027. Form of briefs. Amend. The proposed change will make 14 point typeface the standard rather than 13 point type.
URAP 038B. Qualifications and duties for appointed counsel. Amend. This amendment describes the scope of representation for appointed counsel. The rule clarifies that representation is required through a petition for writ of certiorari to the Utah Supreme Court, if such a petition is warranted, or if it is necessary to respond to a State petition.

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URAP 19. Extraordinary writs. Amend. The amendment eliminates the requirement of a separate memorandum in support of a response to a petition for extraordinary relief. Supporting authority can be included in the response document.
URAP 24. Briefs. Amend. In cases in which a party submits supplemental authority after briefing, the amendment allows the a party up to 350 words to explain why the supplemental authority is being submitted, and allows the other party 350 words to respond.
URAP 50. Brief in opposition; reply brief; brief of amicus curiae. Amend. The amendment eliminates the requirement that all parties consent to an amicus brief in certiorari cases. The parties may voice support for or opposition to amicus participation.
URAP 51. Disposition of petition for writ of certiorari. Amend. The amendment clarifies what must be included in briefs on a writ of certiorari, eliminating the requirement that the brief show that the issues were preserved in the trial court, and instead requiring that the brief was fairly included in the petition for a writ of certiorari.

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URAP 04. Appeal as of right: when taken. Amend. Creates a procedure to implement the directive in State v. Manning, 2005 UT 61, 122 P.3d 628. allowing a criminal defendant to have appeal rights reinstated, when the defendant has been deprived of the an appeal.
URAP 24. Briefs. Amend. Clarifies the briefs that are to be filed and the number of pages permitted in cases involving cross-appeals. A singled brief may not exceed 50 pages, and the combined total of a party’s two briefs may not exceed 75 pages.

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URAP 24. Briefs. Amend. The proposed amendment creates word and line limitations, in addition to a page limitation. Under the proposal, the principal brief would be either 30 pages, 14,000 words, or 1,300 lines of monospaced typeface. Another proposed amendment clarifies the process for seeking permission to file an over-length brief.

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Rules of Appellate Procedure

URAP 1. Scope of rules. Recognizes the new rules governing appeals in child welfare cases. Effective May 3, 2004.
URAP 2. Suspension of rules. Adds a reference to two of the new child welfare rules. Effective May 3, 2004.
URAP 11. The record on appeal. Requires the trial court to include any presentence investigation report as a part of the record on appeal, and clarifies the manner in which the record should be paginated.
URAP 12. Transmission of the record. Requires a certified court reporter to prepare and file a transcript index.
URAP 24. Briefs. Requires parties who are seeking attorney fees to explicitly state the basis for the request.
URAP 52. Child Welfare Appeals. A notice of appeal must be filed within 15 days from the order to be appealed. Cross-appeals must be filed within 15 days. Effective May 3, 2004.
URAP 53. Notice of Appeal. Describes the contents and service requirements of the notice of appeal. Effective May 3, 2004.
URAP 54. Transcript of Proceedings. Any necessary transcripts must be requested within 4 days after an appeal is filed. Effective May 3, 2004.
URAP 55. Petition on Appeal. The appellant must file a petition on appeal within 15 days from the notice of appeal. The rule describes the format and contents of the petition. Effective May 3, 2004.
URAP 56. Response to Petition on Appeal. A response to the petition on appeal must be filed with 15 days. Effective May 3, 2004.
URAP 57. Record on Appeal; transmission of record. Establishes what is considered to be the record on appeal and when it must be transmitted. Effective May 3, 2004.
URAP 58. Ruling. The court will issue a ruling based on the record on appeal, the petition, and the response, or the court can order that the case be fully briefed. Effective May 3, 2004.
URAP 59. Extensions of time. The rule describes the procedure and circumstances for extensions of time to file the appeal, the petition, or the response. Effective May 3, 2004.

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