Notice of Proposed Amendments to Utah Court Rules

The Supreme Court invites comments to proposed amendments to the following court rules. The comment period expires July 11, 2013.

Summary of proposed amendments

Rules of Civil Procedure

URCP 007. Pleadings allowed; motions, memoranda, hearings, orders. Amend. Adopts expedited procedures for resolution of specified motions related to disclosure and discovery. If approved, similar provisions currently in the Code of Judicial Administration will be deleted.

URCP 058A. Entry of judgment; abstract of judgment. Amend. Requires the party preparing the judgment to promptly serve a copy of the signed judgment on the other parties and promptly file proof of service with the court. Proposed in conjunction with proposed amendments to URAP 4.

URCP 058B. Satisfaction of judgment. Amend. Requires the creditor to file a satisfaction of judgment upon the debtor’s request.

URCP 064D. Writ of garnishment. Amend. Extends a writ of continuing garnishment to one year, unless a second or subsequent writ is served.

Rules of Appellate Procedure

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.

Rules of Professional Conduct

RPC 01.10. Imputation of Conflicts of Interest: General Rule. Amend. Redefines “firm” for purposes of determining conflict imputation.

How to view redline text of the proposed amendments

To see proposed rule amendments and submit comments, click on this link to: Then click on the rule number.

How to submit comments

You can comment and view the comments of others by clicking on the “comments” link associated with each body of rules. It’s more efficient for us if you submit comments through the website, and we encourage you to do so. After clicking on the comment link, you will be prompted for your name, which we request, and your email address which need not be your real address. This is a public site. Time does not permit us to acknowledge comments, but all will be considered.

After submitting your comment on the webpage, you probably will get an error message, but your comment has been delivered to a buffer, and I will publish it at the earliest opportunity.

Submit comments directly through the website or to:

Tim Shea

Email: Please include the comment in the message text, not in an attachment.
Fax: 801-578-3843
Administrative Office of the Courts
POB 140241
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-0241

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