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The May 21, 2021 Administrative Order ending the mask mandate is rescinded. Effective Friday July 30, 2021, all patrons and court personnel are required to wear a mask if the court is located in a county that has been designated as a moderate or high transmission index county by the Utah Department of Health. The court must supply a mask to an individual who is not wearing a mask. See new administrative order


A new Risk Phase Response Plan has been issued (6/3/21)


As of May 24, 2021, patrons who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 are no longer required to wear masks in courthouses but are welcome to, if they choose. Those who have not yet been vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear masks. Safe social distancing will still be observed. See May 21, 2021 Administrative Order.


People representing themselves may file documents by emailing them to the court.


The Utah Courts remain open and available to the public while balancing the health and safety of court patrons, court staff, and judges. A prior announcement explained that the Utah Judicial Council has established three levels of court operations (Red, Yellow, Green), based on safety recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control and the Utah Department of Health. The COVID Alerts and Information page contains more information on the Risk Phase Response Plan. The courts are working on minor modifications to the plan that will be released in the next few weeks. The modifications address 1) new CDC guidance on quarantine after exposure to someone who has contracted COVID-19; and 2) the use of masks. 



The Utah State Law Library is open to the public both in person and virtually, Monday - Friday, 9:00-4:30.

  • Phone:  801-238-7990.
  • Email:  library@utcourts.gov
  • Text:  801-432-0898

Please contact the library or go to the library's website for more information.


THE UTAH SUPREME COURT

DEPOSITION ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER

April 13, 2020

It has come to the attention of the Utah Supreme Court that a question has arisen about conducting remote depositions and whether a witness must be in the physical presence of a court reporter in order for the court reporter to administer an oath to the witness. The Court issues this order to provide assurances that a witness need not be in the physical presence of the court reporter. An oath may be administered remotely through electronic means.

Rule 30(b)(5) of the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure states that a “deposition may be taken by remote electronic means.” The rule does not require any person to be in the same room as another person. The rule considers the deposition to have been “taken at the place where the witness is located.” Utah Code § 78A-2-404(2) states that “a certified court reporter is an officer of the court, authorized to administer oaths.” Unlike the statutes governing notaries public, the court reporter statutes do not require a person to be in the physical presence of a court reporter when taking an oath. The practice of witnesses taking oaths through electronic means is regularly occurring in the trial courts

as proceedings are being conducted remotely.

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:

Court reporters, as officers of the court, are authorized to administer oaths through remote electronic means without the witness being physically present. Because this order is based on existing law, court reporters may continue to administer oaths remotely unless existing laws are amended to require a witness to be in the physical presence of a court reporter.

DATED this 13th day of April 2020.

Signed,

MATTHEW B. DURRANT

Chief Justice, Utah Supreme Court


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.

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