Title 15 Chapter 1 Section 4

Contracts and Obligations in General
Section 4
Interest on judgments.


15-1-4.   Interest on judgments.

            (1) As used in this section:

            (a) "Federal postjudgment interest rate" means the interest rate established for the federal court system under 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1961, as amended.

            (b) "Final judgment" means the judgment rendered when all avenues of appeal have been exhausted.

            (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), a judgment rendered on a lawful contract shall conform to the contract and shall bear the interest agreed upon by the parties, which shall be specified in the judgment.

            (b) A judgment rendered on a deferred deposit loan subject to Title 7, Chapter 23, Check Cashing and Deferred Deposit Lending Registration Act, shall bear interest at the rate imposed under Subsection (3) on an amount not exceeding the sum of:

            (i) the total of the principal balance of the deferred deposit loan;

            (ii) interest at the rate imposed by the deferred deposit loan agreement for a period not exceeding 10 weeks as provided in Subsection 7-23-401(4);

            (iii) costs;

            (iv) attorney fees; and

            (v) other amounts allowed by law and ordered by the court.

            (3) (a) Except as otherwise provided by law, all other final civil and criminal judgments of the district court and justice court shall bear interest at the federal postjudgment interest rate as of January 1 of each year, plus 2%.

            (b) Except as otherwise provided by law or contract, all final judgments under $10,000 in actions regarding the purchase of goods and services shall bear interest at the federal post judgment interest rate as of January 1 of each year, plus 10%.

            (c) The postjudgment interest rate in effect at the time of the judgment shall remain the interest rate for the duration of the judgment.

            (d) The interest on criminal judgments shall be calculated on the total amount of the judgment.

            (e) Interest paid on state revenue shall be deposited in accordance with Section 63A-3-505.

            (f) Interest paid on revenue to a county or municipality shall be paid to the general fund of the county or municipality.

Amended by Chapter 281, 2014 General Session