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S.B. 74 Enrolled
This act modifies the Judicial Code by adding that the next-of-kin or heirs of a person
prohibited from bringing a civil action under certain circumstances are also prohibited from
bringing a civil action under the same circumstances.
This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
78-11-27, as enacted by Chapter 97, Laws of Utah 1996
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 78-11-27 is amended to read:
78-11-27. Defense to civil action for damages resulting from commission of crime.
(1) Any person who, with criminal intent, enters the property of another or commits a
crime against the person or property of another may not recover any damages to his person or
property except as required by a court order of restitution in a related criminal action, unless that
person can prove by clear and convincing evidence that:
(a) his actions did not constitute a felony; and
(b) his culpability was less than the person from whom recovery is sought.
or heirs of the person if the person is disabled or killed.
(3) Subsections (1) and (2) do not apply if the person committing or attempting to commit
the crime has clearly retreated from the criminal activity.
clearly, and immediately ceased all hostile, threatening, violent, or criminal behavior or activity.
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