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Utah State Courts Alerts and Information
(10/13/20) The Judicial Council has moved Juab, Millard, Piute, Sevier, Box Elder, Sanpete, and Emery counties back into Red Phase operations due to an increase in COVID cases in those areas.
(10/6/20) Davis County has been moved back into Red Phase operations. Sanpete County has been moved into Yellow Phase operations. Salina Justice Court in Sevier County has been moved into Yellow Phase operations.
(10/6/20) COVID Eviction Declaration indicating compliance with COVID relief laws either as a part of discovery or in support of a default judgment.
(10/2/20) The Utah Supreme Court and Utah Judicial Council have issued an updated Administrative Order. The Order has four substantive changes:
- Clarifies that its provisions govern over any conflicting rule of administration, procedure, or evidence.
- Rectifies an inconsistency on warrants that arose from the last administrative order, clarifying in paragraph 10(b) the circumstances under which courts may issue warrants in cases involving class B and C misdemeanors and infractions.
- Allows remote civil bench trials and small claims hearings without the parties' consent. A bench trial or small claims hearing will proceed as scheduled unless the court determines it is not practical to do so.
- In Forcible Entry and Detainer cases, requires plaintiffs to submit a declaration indicating compliance with COVID relief laws either as a part of discovery or in support of a default judgment.
(9/30/20) The Utah Judicial Council has approved District and Juvenile courts in Sevier County to move into the Yellow Phase, as well as Delta City Justice and Millard County (East) Justice courts in Millard County. Courts in Wasatch County have been oved back into the Red Phase due to an increase in COVID cases.
(9/24/20) Due to an increase in COVID cases, several counties have been moved from Yellow to the Red Phase, including Cache, Tooele, and Weber counties. Please check your county's status below.
(8/19/20) The Utah Judicial Council has approved District and Juvenile courts in Box Elder, Cache, Emery, and Rich counties to move into the Yellow Phase for COVID-related operations. See counties and color code below for more information.
(8/4/20) All oral arguments before the Utah Supreme Court and Utah Court of Appeals will be held remotely through Dec. 31, 2020. See Order Suspending In-person Oral Arguments.
(8/3/20) An updated Administrative Order has been issued for 3rd District Juvenile Court in Summit County.
(7/29/20) By order of the Utah Judicial Council, all courts within Daggett County are operating in the Yellow Phase. This allows for more in-person court proceedings and services with health and safety measures. All court patrons must wear masks to enter court facilities.
(7/17/20) 2nd District Juvenile Court has issued an updated General Order for Courthouse Access for Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties.
(7/8/20) Kane County - District and Juvenile Court in Kanab has new hours and contact information. See below under Kane County.
(7/6/20) Salt Lake City Justice Court has issued a new Standing order for court operations under COVID-19.
(7/1/20) 2nd District and Juvenile Court has issued a new General Order regarding COVID-10 Security Screeningat courthouses.
(6/23/20) 6th District, the Kane County Building, where court facilities are located, is now open to the public. Court patrons must continue to follow all state and county social distancing guidelines.
(6/12/20) 1st District District and Juvenile courts (Box Elder, Cache, and Rich counties) An updated administrative order has been issued regarding hearings . All patrons must wear face covering when visiting courthouses.
(6/10/20) The Utah Courts has created a user guide for how to participate in a remote video hearing. Click here.
(5/31/20) Salt Lake City Justice Court will be physically closed on Monday, June 1 to repair damage from Saturday's demonstration. All virtual hearings will move forward.
(5/20/20) 6th District court locations in Junction, Panguitch, and Loa are physically open to the public with social distancing.
(5/12/20) An amended May 11 Administrative Order has been issued. The amended order clarifies in paragraph 19 that the consent of all parties is required only for bench trials.
(5/04/20) 3rd District Juvenile Court:New front service counter hours have been posted for Salt Lake and Tooele Counties.
(5/04/20) Beginning May 4, the Justice and District courts located in the Piute County building are open to the public.
(4/20/20) Kane and Wayne county court services have changed due to county building closures. See those sections below for more information.
(4/13/20) The Utah Supreme Court has issued an Administrative Order regarding Depositions. See the statewide section for more information.
(3/31/20) 6th District Court in Piute County has changed services. See below for details.
(3/30/20) A new updated order has been issued for Salt Lake City Justice Court. District Court in Garfield County has changed its services. See county list below for more information. Update regarding District Court operations in Tooele County has been issued.
(3/27/20) A new Emergency General Order has been issued for Second District Court (Davis, Morgan, and Weber counties). See county list below for more information.
(3/26/20) New contact information has been updated for courts in Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties. New restriction information has been updated for Juvenile Court in Weber and Davis counties.
(3/23/20) The Utah State Law Library has gone virtual, but staff are still available to help. Click Statewide alerts below for more information.
(3/22/20) District and Juvenile courts in Wasatch County (Heber) are closed until April 6. See details below.
COVID 19 Update: The courts remain open to conduct business. Some courthouses may be modifying operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a list of updates.
The Utah Supreme Court has issued an Administrative Order that adopts a new pandemic Risk Response Plan. The plan is tied to state health guidelines, and data for each county. The color codes below apply to courthouses only, and are different from the Governor's pandemic color phases. Click on the color bars for a brief description of impacts to services and hearing.
Individual court statuses are listed under their county. Click here to find contact information for your local court.
Individual Court Statuses
Information about Filing Documents (Filing by email)
- People representing themselves may file documents by emailing them to the court.
Attending a Remote Hearing
The public is able to attend most court hearings, even if it is being held remotely.
- Some courts are adding the Webex Event link in the online calendar.
- If there is no link in the calendar, contact the judge's team and request a link.
- If there is no contact information for the judge's team, contact the Clerk of Court for the court location to request a link.
We have created an easy guide to help walk you through how to participate in a remote court hearing.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
The Utah Judiciary is committed to the open, fair, and efficient administration of justice under the law. As we roll out our response to the COVID-19 outbreak you can find important information on what to do about your case, and where to find help.
If you are feeling unwell or may have been exposed, and have questions concerning your case, please contact the courts using our Online Directory.
Orders Regarding COVID-19
Amended Administrative Order for Court Operations During Pandemic (10/2/2020) - PDF
View Previous Court Operations Administrative Orders
- Amended Administrative Order for Court Operations During Pandemic (6/26/2020) - PDF
- Amended Administrative Order for Court Operations During Pandemic (5/11/2020) -
- Administrative Order for Court Operations During Pandemic (5/1/2020) -
- Addendum to Amended Order for Court Operations During Pandemic (4/23/2020) - PDF
- Amended Order for Court Operations During Pandemic (3/20/2020) - PDF
- Administrative Order for Court Operations During Pandemic (3/11/2020) -
- Order for Temporary Amendments to Bar Admission Procedures During COVID-19 Outbreak (4/21/2020) - PDF
- Administrative Order Regarding Remote Depositions (4/13/2020) - PDF
- The Centers for Disease Control has issued a partial ban on evictions. See our webpage on evictions for more information.
Notices Regarding Domestic Cases and COVID-19
These are commissioner-generated guidelines meant to give parties and practitioners some general guidelines about how the commissioners are tending to handle COVID-related issues. These are non-binding recommendations unless specifically ordered in a particular case. The situation is fluid and constantly being reassessed and subject to change at any time.
Community Information Flyers for Partners and Partner Organizations
Here is an easy on-sheet summary of court services and how they can be reached during the pandemic.
- Utah's Courts are Here to Help - PDF
- Los tribunales de Utah están aquí para ayudar - PDF
- Toà án Utah có mặt để giúp đỡ - PDF
- محاكم يوتا هنا لتقديم يد المساعدة - PDF
You can also contact our Web Navigator for additional information during business hours. The Navigator is currently In
Information Regarding COVID-19
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I have been summoned to appear for a remote hearing. How can I find help?
We have created an easy guide to help walk you through how to participate in a remote court hearing.
I have received a jury questionnaire, or have received a notice for jury service. What do I do?
Please do not ignore these notices. Although in-person jury trials are not being conducted in counties currently under the Red Phase, a pool of jurors needs to be maintained. Please fill out and return the questionnaire, and respond to the notice if asked to.
When we prepare to return to in-person jury trials, please know that we are taking steps to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. You can read more about these steps in our Pandemic Response Plan.
Our court staff are understanding of situations that may arise. If you are feeling unwell, or believe that you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, please contact your court as soon as possible.
I need to file a protective order. What do I do?
Protective Orders and Stalking Injunctions can now be filed by email. Click here for instructions and an email directory to locate a court nearest you.
I have a filing deadline in my case. How can I file?
Filings in existing cases can now be emailed. Click here for instructions and an email directory to locate a court nearest you. If you need to submit an initial filing to start a case, please contact your court's general number using our online directory.
What if I need to obtain copies of documents in my case?
You may be able to contact the courts and arrange for documents to be emailed to you without having to come to court. Please contact your local court for more information.
What if I need to pay a fine or fee?
Online payment of fines or fees is convenient and available on our ePayments page.
Are there resources to help me plan for an emergency?
The Planning for Family Emergencies, Including COVID-19 and Deportation page has information about powers of attorney, guardianship, advanced health care directives and wills.
The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.