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You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

No private (ex parte) communications with the court allowed

Generally, you can’t have private communications with the court about your case. This is sometimes called an “ex parte communication.” You can’t communicate with the judge or commissioner in your case without the other party having the opportunity to be involved in the communication. This means you generally cannot:

  • File something with the court without sending a copy to the other party or parties in your case
  • Call the judge or commissioner and talk with them
  • Visit the judge or commissioner in person

If the court sent you a letter about an ex parte communication, it might mean that you filed something and did not send a copy to the other parties in your case. For most documents that you file in your case, you must send copies to the other parties (or to their attorneys). Each document you file must have a certificate of service that explains how you promise to send the other party a copy of that document. See our page on Serving Papers for more information.

If you tried to file something and the court rejected it as an ex parte communication, you can use the form below to explain how you gave the other party a copy of that document. You would send and include it with the paper you are trying to file:

  • Certificate of Service - PDF | Word

If you have more problems with filing or are confused about any of this, you might want to get some legal help. Contact the Utah Court Self-Help Center. Or, see our Finding Legal Help page.

Related Information

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.

Page Last Modified: 6/28/2021

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