THIRD DISTRICT COURT CANCELS CRIMINAL TRIALS FOR 14 DAYS

District Court – Because of the Public Health Order issued March 19, 2020, by Salt Lake County, State of Utah, the following is ORDERED:

1 – For the next 14 days ALL criminal calendars, hearings and trials are canceled. By the end of the 14 day period, an evaluation will be conducted determining whether this stay will be continued.

2 – For all criminal matters scheduled through April 3, 2020, the jail and prison transports are cancelled and no attorneys will appear at the courthouse. All out-of-custody defendants will be given another hearing date 60-90 days out and the clerk will send notice of the new date. If the defendant appears in person, they will be given the new date and asked to leave the courthouse.

3 – Beginning Friday, March 27th, 2020, we will attempt to proceed remotely. The jail will assign each judge a time slot whereby that judge, prosecutor, defense attorney and defendant will all communicate remotely. The details will follow.

Signed, Judge Mark Kouris, Presiding Judge, Third District Court

STATEMENT FROM ALPS INSURANCE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Dear ALPS Policyholders and Members of our Legal Community,
We understand that right now, the health and welfare of your attorneys, staff, and clients are your top priorities. We share that commitment.
The ALPS offices are currently open and we hope that we can remain open throughout this challenging time. Some of our staff have already transitioned to remote work and more are doing so as we work to both adhere to growing social distancing norms and provide the customary level of service you have come to expect from us. Additionally, we are preparing for the possibility of of a temporary closure becoming necessary. Whether in the office or at home, our systems enable us to provide you with uninterrupted service. Our staff is reachable by phone, chat, or email. We recommend email be your primary method of communication, followed by telephone or chat.
For those insureds needing to pay premiums, please use the online portal rather than mailing checks if possible, as mail service may eventually be impacted.
Should you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact any of us at ALPS. We remain ready to help you and we wish you, your business and your loved ones all the best through this temporary period of uncertainty.
David Bell
President & CEO
ALPS

LAW AND JUSTICE CENTER LOCKED, BUT STAFFED THROUGH APRIL 1

The Utah Law and Justice Center is LOCKED but will be staffed Monday- Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through April 1. For access to the building, please call 801.531.9077 and the receptionist will come to the door. Photo ID will be required to enter for tracking purposes. http://www.utahbar.org/…/2…/03/Building-Closure-Notice-1.pdf

FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT FOR UTAH CONTINUES ALL JURY TRIALS

The Honorable Chief Judge Robert J. Shelby has issued General Order 20-009 in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. General Order 20-009 addresses postponing most hearings and trials, and it modifies some court operations until at least May 1, 2020.  If you have questions about the General Order or the court’s COVID-19 Response Plan, please visit https://www.utd.uscourts.gov/

NOTICE OF LEGISLATIVE POSITIONS TAKEN BY BAR AND AVAILABILITY OF REBATE

Positions taken by the Bar during the 2020 Utah Legislative Session and funds expended on public policy issues related to the regulation of the practice of law and the administration of justice are available at www.utahbar.org/legislative. The Bar is authorized by the Utah Supreme Court to engage in legislative and public policies activities related to the regulation of the practice of law and the administration of justice by Supreme Court Rule 14-106 which may be found at www.utahbar.org/utcourts_14-106. Lawyers may receive a rebate of the proportion of their annual Bar license fee expended for such activities during April 1, 2019 through March 30, 2020 by notifying Financial Director Lauren Stout at lauren.stout@utahbar.org.

The proportional amount of fees provided in the rebate include funds spent for lobbyists and staff time spent lobbying; a breakfast meeting with lawyer legislators; travel for the Bar’s three delegates to the American Bar Association House of Delegates; travel by Bar leadership to lobby in Washington DC with the American Bar Association; the Bar’s contribution to the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion; and Utah legislative lobbyist registration fees for the Bar’s Executive Director and Assistant Executive Director. Prior year rebates have averaged up to approximately $6.10 depending on the license fee paid.  The rebate amount will be calculated April 1, 2020 and we expect the amount to be consistent with prior years.

UTAH IMPLEMENTATION TASK FORCE ON REGULATORY REFORM

In the latter part of 2018, the Supreme Court charged Justice Deno Himonas and Former Bar President John Lund with organizing a task force to study and make recommendations to the Court about optimizing the regulatory structure for legal services. Visit the Task Force website to read and comment on the report.

Click HERE to see meeting minutes and agendas.

Task Force Website

CHANGE TO MCLE LIVE REQUIREMENT FOR THIS MCLE CYCLE

Due to the CDC recommendations against gathering in large groups in order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court has authorized the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Education to suspend  all requirements for in-person CLE attendance for the remainder of the current reporting cycle, which ends on June 30, 2020.  Accordingly, those Bar members who are required to report CLE compliance this reporting cycle may complete all required hours through webinars and other self-study courses in accordance with Rule 14-413 of the MCLE Rules.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please contact Sydnie Kuhre, MCLE Executive Director at sydnie.kuhre@utahbar.org or phone 801-297-7035.

David P. Hirschi
Board Chair

SPRING CONVENTION

The Spring Convention has been cancelled. Read statement from Bar President Herm Olsen and Abby Dizon-Maughan Co-Chair Spring Convention Planning Committee.

Statement 

COURT ACTIVATES PANDEMIC RESPONSE PLAN

Salt Lake City, UT— Utah Chief Justice Matthew Durrant has issued a follow-up order to his March 12th order regarding court operation during the pandemic. Today’s order provides the public and the Appellate, District, Juvenile, and Justice courts with more detailed information about court operations in the state during the pandemic. The most important message for the public is that the Courts in the state of Utah are open for business. Effective immediately, however, all non-essential court hearings will be delayed until further notice. The order issued today provides guidance on the types of hearings that are considered essential and will not be delayed. Courts have also taken steps to lessen the spread of the virus by cancelling group gatherings, and by using technology, when possible, to hold essential hearings.
“To be clear, the courts will continue to operate and provide mission-essential functions such as proceedings involving in-custody defendants and protective orders, to name a few,” said Chief Justice Durrant. “Using technology, we will continue to find ways to serve the public while reducing the number of people who need to physically come to court.”
Courts will be open to accept filings. The public can find more information at utcourts.gov on COVID-19. For details on the hearings, please refer to the Administrative Order.

Read Court Order

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