Title 78A - Judiciary and Judicial Administration - Chapter 2 - Judicial Administration - Part 5 - Online Court Assistance Act - Section 501 - Definitions -- Online Court Assistance Program -- Purpose of program -- Online Court Assistance Account -- User'


Published: 2019-05-14

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Effective 5/14/2019 78A-2-501 Definitions -- Online Court Assistance Program -- Purpose of program -- Online Court Assistance Account -- User's fee. (1) As used in this part:

(a) "Account" means the Online Court Assistance Account created in this section. (b) "Program" means the Online Court Assistance Program created in this section.

(2) There is created the "Online Court Assistance Program" administered by the Administrative Office of the Courts to provide the public with information about civil procedures and to assist the public in preparing and filing civil pleadings and other papers in:

(a) uncontested divorces; (b) enforcement of orders in the divorce decree; (c) landlord and tenant actions; (d) guardianship actions; and (e) other types of proceedings approved by the board.

(3) The purpose of the program shall be to: (a) minimize the costs of civil litigation; (b) improve access to the courts; and (c) provide for informed use of the courts and the law by pro se litigants.

(4) (a) An additional $20 shall be added to the filing fee established by Sections 78A-2-301 and

78A-2-301.5 if a person files a complaint, petition, answer, or response prepared through the program. There shall be no fee for using the program or for papers filed subsequent to the initial pleading.

(b) There is created within the General Fund a restricted account known as the Online Court Assistance Account. The fees collected under this Subsection (4) shall be deposited in the restricted account and appropriated by the Legislature to the Administrative Office of the Courts to develop, operate, and maintain the program and to support the use of the program through education of the public.

(5) The Administrative Office of the Courts shall provide on the front page of the program website a listing of all forms and proceedings available to all pro se litigants within the program.

Amended by Chapter 246, 2019 General Session