The constitutions of Utah and of the United States protect the people's right to an open and public court. Anyone can attend most court hearings, and anyone can view and obtain a copy of most court records. However, the people who do business with the courts - parties, witnesses, victims, jurors, and others - have rights of privacy also protected by our state and federal constitutions. Neither right is absolute; each is balanced by the other.
Still, to participate in the judicial process, people sacrifice a good deal of their privacy. It is a sacrifice necessary to protect the integrity and accountability of the courts.
The Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Judicial Council have adopted rules that regulate court records. Some records are closed but most are public. (Rule 4-202.02.). Even closed records can be viewed by some. (Rule 4-202.03). Public records are provided to anyone who asks, and some public records are posted on this website. There may be a fee for access to some records. (Rule 4-202.08.) Non-public records may be shared with other governmental entities under certain conditions. (Rule 4-202.10).
There is a process for requesting access to a record, (Rule 4-202.04 and Rule 4-202.05), for requesting that a record be closed, (Rule 4-202.04 and Rule 4-202.05), and for appealing an adverse decision of either request. (Rule 4-202.07). A person may redact sensitive information from a record if the information is not needed for the case. (Rule 4-202.09). There is a process for correcting errors in records. (URCP 60 and URCrP 30).
Rules regulating access to court records.
- Rule 4-202. Purpose.
- Rule 4-202.01. Definitions.
- Rule 4-202.02. Records classification.
- Rule 4-202.03. Records access.
- Rule 4-202.04. Request to access a record associated with a case; request to classify a record associated with a case.
- Rule 4-202.05. Request to access an administrative record; research; request to classify an administrative record; request to create an index.
- Rule 4-202.06. Response to request to access or classify a court record.
- Rule 4-202.07. Appeals.
- Rule 4-202.08. Fees for records, information and services.
- Rule 4-202.09. Miscellaneous.
- Rule 4-202.10. Record sharing.
For each visitor to this website, the Court's web server automatically gathers and stores only the following information.
- Your internet domain and IP address;
- The type of browser and operating system used to access this site;
- The date and time of access to the site;
- The pages viewed on the site; and
- The address of the web site from which you reached this site, if you linked from another site.
This information is used to determine what information is of the most interest, design specifications, and system performance. By using this website, you are consenting to the acquisition of this information.
No other information is collected unless provided by the user. If you email us personal information, that information is used solely for the purpose of responding to your message. We do not maintain mailing lists from email received from the website nor do we create individual profiles with the information you provide. None of the information we collect from web visitors is given to anyone unless we are legally required to do so.
If a user of this website is involved in litigation, public information regarding that litigation, including a user's personally identifiable information, may be publicly available on this website.
The operator of this website is the Web Publisher, who may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the Utah state courts do not collect or maintain personally identifiable information from website users, there is no procedure to access or correct one's personally identifiable information.
Disclaimer for this Site:
This website is provided as a public service of the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). Although the information contained on this site is intended to be accurate and timely, the AOC does not guarantee the accuracy or timeliness of this information. The AOC may modify this website at any time to add, correct or discontinue information. The AOC makes no guarantees or warranties about and is not responsible for any loss caused by:
- access to, use of, or reliance on information from this website, including information that may not be free from copyright or other restrictions, and including information that may infringe upon or violate the rights of others;
- access to or use of this website for any general or particular purpose; and
- the conduct of website users.
Anyone who accesses or uses the information on this website assumes all risk of loss. Neither the AOC not its employees or agents is responsible for any damages caused by access to or use of information on this website, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.
This website contains links to other websites that are not maintained or sponsored by the AOC. The AOC does not endorse linked sites, nor is it responsible for the content of those sites. Public court records are sometimes republished on other websites and in other media. The AOC does not endorse nor is it responsible for information contained in republished court records.
The information on this website is from computer systems located within Utah. Any person accessing or using information on this website is subject to the jurisdiction of Utah. Any dispute arising from accessing or using information on this website will be determined in accordance with Utah laws and in the Utah courts. The AOC reserves the right to use any legal measures to prevent anyone from modifying or tampering with this website or any server, database, information system or other technology asset and to investigate anyone attempting to do so.
The information on this site is not intended to serve as legal advice. Legal advice should be sought from an attorney licensed to practice law in Utah. If you need help finding a qualified attorney, the Utah State Bar maintains a lawyer referral service and its phone number is 800-698-9077.