Title 78A - Judiciary and Judicial Administration - Chapter 7 - Justice Court - Part 1 - Creation, Jurisdiction, and Procedure - Section 103 - Minimum standards of justice courts -- Authority of Judicial Council over justice courts.


Published: 2019-05-14

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Effective 5/14/2019 78A-7-103 Minimum standards of justice courts -- Authority of Judicial Council over justice courts.

The Judicial Council shall ensure that: (1) procedures include requirements that every municipality or county that establishes or maintains

a justice court provide for the following minimum operating standards: (a) a system to ensure the justice court records all proceedings with a digital audio recording

device and maintains the audio recordings for a minimum of one year; (b) sufficient prosecutors to perform the prosecutorial duties before the justice court; (c) adequate funding to provide indigent defense services for indigent individuals under Title 78B,

Chapter 22, Indigent Defense Act; (d) sufficient local peace officers to provide security for the justice court and to attend to the

justice court when required; (e) sufficient clerical personnel to serve the needs of the justice court; (f) sufficient funds to cover the cost of travel and training expenses of clerical personnel and

judges at training sessions mandated by the Judicial Council; (g) adequate courtroom and auxiliary space for the justice court, which need not be specifically

constructed for or allocated solely for the justice court when existing facilities adequately serve the purposes of the justice court; and

(h) for each judge of its justice court, a current copy of the Utah Code, the Utah Court Rules Annotated, the justice court manual published by the state court administrator, the county, city, or town ordinances as appropriate, and other legal reference materials as determined to be necessary by the judge; and

(2) the Judicial Council's rules and procedures shall: (a) presume that existing justice courts will be recertified at the end of each four-year term if the

court continues to meet the minimum requirements for the establishment of a new justice court; or

(b) authorize the Judicial Council, upon request of a municipality or county or upon its own review, when a justice court does not meet the minimum requirements, to:

(i) decline recertification of a justice court; (ii) revoke the certification of a justice court; (iii) extend the time for a justice court to comply with the minimum requirements; or (iv) suspend rules of the Judicial Council governing justice courts, if the council believes

suspending those rules is the appropriate administrative remedy for the justice courts of this state.

Amended by Chapter 326, 2019 General Session