Finding Legal Help
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.
Library Collections - Computer Resources
The resources listed below are free at the State Law Library; some may also be available online from your home or work computer.
Find federal government information on FDsys (Federal Digital System) database, which is available from any computer with internet access.
HeinOnline is a legal research database that provides access to a wide range of resources unavailable in LexisNexis and Westlaw. Our subscription includes access to hundreds of legal periodicals, treaties, a comprehensive historical collection of the Congressional Record, Federal Register, U.S. Attorney General Opinions, Federal legislative history resources, and the Legal Classics Library.
All documents are fully searchable PDF images, which include all charts, graphs and photos appearing in the original.
Some groups of state agency employees can access HeinOnline from their work computers. Contact us for more information. All others may access HeinOnline at the State Law Library.
Law Library Catalog
Search the law library catalog to see if we have a particular title. Our catalog is available from any computer with internet access.
Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP)
Use the Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) to complete court pleadings for a variety of topics, including Divorce, Landlord/Tenant, and Guardianship cases. We do not charge for the first set of OCAP papers printed from the law library computers. OCAP is available from any computer with internet access.
Utah Digital Newspapers
The Utah Digital Newspapers database includes 50 Utah newspapers with coverage dating back to 1850s. This database is available from any computer with internet access.
The database is the product of a partnership between the University of Utah Marriott Library, Brigham Young University and Utah State University.
Utah Government Digital Library
Utah Government Digital Library provides permanent public access to digitally-created Utah government publications. This site also archives information from Utah government websites. This database is available from any computer with internet access.
Utah's Online Library
Utah's Online Library provides access to the full text of newspapers and magazine articles for Utahns. Includes academic, health, and business resources from vendors such as EbscoHost and Factiva. Pioneer is available to anyone with a Utah public library card and at all Utah public libraries including the State Law Library.
The law library's public Westlaw subscription provides access to all state and federal cases, statutes and regulations, law review articles and some treatises.
XChange - Utah Court Records
XChange is a web-based database that provides access to public information in cases filed in Utah's district courts and justice courts. Coverage for most district courts starts in late 1998. Justice court coverage varies widely.
XChange provides summary information about cases, including names of parties, the assigned judge and commissioner, attorneys of record, documents filed, hearings held, judgments entered, and the outcome of completed cases. The law library's XChange access is limited to public information only. Not all records in all cases are public, and some case types are private or sealed. For example, the dockets in divorce, custody and protective order cases are public, but most of the documents in those cases are private. XChange does not provide access to expunged records, or to adoption, involuntary civil commitment, juvenile or appellate court cases.
If others are waiting to use the public computers we will impose a 30 minute limit on XChange users. Anyone can subscribe to XChange to access public court records from their office or home.
We charge 20¢ per page to print.
The Utah State Courts offer free wireless access in many courthouses, including the Matheson Courthouse where the State Law Library is located. See our Wireless Access in the Courts page for more information.
All of our computers have Word and WordPerfect, which you can use to draft documents.
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.