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S.B. 104 Enrolled
This bill makes clarifying and technical changes to specific statutes.
. changes a three-year requirement to two to bring a provision concerning protective
orders into line with another statute;
. clarifies credit for good behavior for minors in detention;
. clarifies the process for petitioning the court to confirm an award when the matter is
not the subject of current litigation; and
. provides direction to the court for the disposition of property held by the court.
Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
Other Special Clauses:
Utah Code Sections Affected:
30-6-4.2, as last amended by Chapter 68, Laws of Utah 2003
67-4a-210, as enacted by Chapter 198, Laws of Utah 1995
78-3a-109, as last amended by Chapter 180, Laws of Utah 2001
78-3a-504, as last amended by Chapter 171, Laws of Utah 2003
78-31a-123, as enacted by Chapter 326, Laws of Utah 2002
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
Section 1. Section 30-6-4.2 is amended to read:
30-6-4.2. Protective orders -- Ex parte protective orders -- Modification of orders --
Service of process -- Duties of the court.
(1) If it appears from a petition for an order for protection or a petition to modify an
order for protection that domestic violence or abuse has occurred or a modification of an order
for protection is required, a court may:
(a) without notice, immediately issue an order for protection ex parte or modify an order
for protection ex parte as it considers necessary to protect the petitioner and all parties named to
be protected in the petition; or
(b) upon notice, issue an order for protection or modify an order after a hearing, whether
or not the respondent appears.
(2) A court may grant the following relief without notice in an order for protection or a
modification issued ex parte:
(a) enjoin the respondent from threatening to commit or committing domestic violence or
abuse against the petitioner and any designated family or household member;
(b) prohibit the respondent from harassing, telephoning, contacting, or otherwise
communicating with the petitioner, directly or indirectly;
(c) order that the respondent is excluded from the petitioner's residence and its premises,
and order the respondent to stay away from the residence, school, or place of employment of the
petitioner, and the premises of any of these, or any specified place frequented by the petitioner
and any designated family or household member;
(d) upon finding that the respondent's use or possession of a weapon may pose a serious
threat of harm to the petitioner, prohibit the respondent from purchasing, using, or possessing a
firearm or other weapon specified by the court;
(e) order possession and use of an automobile and other essential personal effects, and
direct the appropriate law enforcement officer to accompany the petitioner to the residence of the
parties to ensure that the petitioner is safely restored to possession of the residence, automobile,
and other essential personal effects, or to supervise the petitioner's or respondent's removal of
(f) grant to the petitioner temporary custody of any minor children of the parties;
(g) order any further relief that the court considers necessary to provide for the safety and
welfare of the petitioner and any designated family or household member; and
(h) if the petition requests child support or spousal support, at the hearing on the petition
order both parties to provide verification of current income, including year-to-date pay stubs or
employer statements of year-to-date or other period of earnings, as specified by the court, and
complete copies of tax returns from at least the most recent year.
(3) A court may grant the following relief in an order for protection or a modification of
an order after notice and hearing, whether or not the respondent appears:
(a) grant the relief described in Subsection (2); and
(b) specify arrangements for parent-time of any minor child by the respondent and
require supervision of that parent-time by a third party or deny parent-time if necessary to protect
the safety of the petitioner or child.
(4) Following the protective order hearing, the court shall:
(a) as soon as possible, deliver the order to the county sheriff for service of process;
(b) make reasonable efforts to ensure that the order for protection is understood by the
petitioner, and the respondent, if present;
(c) transmit, by the end of the next business day after the order is issued, a copy of the
order for protection to the local law enforcement agency or agencies designated by the petitioner;
(d) transmit a copy of the order to the statewide domestic violence network described in
Section 30-6-8 .
(5) (a) Each protective order shall include two separate portions, one for provisions, the
violation of which are criminal offenses, and one for provisions, the violation of which are civil
violations, as follows:
(i) criminal offenses are those under Subsections (2)(a) through (e), and under
Subsection (3)(a) as it refers to Subsections (2)(a) through (e); and
(ii) civil offenses are those under Subsections (2)(f) through (h), and Subsection (3)(a) as
it refers to Subsections (2)(f) through (h).
(b) The criminal provision portion shall include a statement that violation of any criminal
provision is a class A misdemeanor.
(c) The civil provision portion shall include a notice that violation of or failure to comply
with a civil provision is subject to contempt proceedings.
(6) The protective order shall include:
(a) a designation of a specific date, determined by the court, when the civil portion of the
protective order either expires or is scheduled for review by the court, which date may not exceed
150 days after the date the order is issued, unless the court indicates on the record the reason for
setting a date beyond 150 days;
(b) information the petitioner is able to provide to facilitate identification of the
respondent, such as Social Security number, driver license number, date of birth, address,
telephone number, and physical description; and
(c) a statement advising the petitioner that:
(i) after [
be held to dismiss the criminal portion of the protective order;
(ii) the petitioner should, within the 30 days prior to the end of the [
period, advise the court of the petitioner's current address for notice of any hearing; and
(iii) the address provided by the petitioner will not be made available to the respondent.
(7) Child support and spouse support orders issued as part of a protective order are
subject to mandatory income withholding under Title 62A, Chapter 11, Part 4, Income
Withholding in IV-D Cases, and Title 62A, Chapter 11, Part 5, Income Withholding in Non IV-D
Cases, except when the protective order is issued ex parte.
(8) (a) The county sheriff that receives the order from the court, pursuant to Subsection
(5)(a), shall provide expedited service for orders for protection issued in accordance with this
chapter, and shall transmit verification of service of process, when the order has been served, to
the statewide domestic violence network described in Section 30-6-8 .
(b) This section does not prohibit any law enforcement agency from providing service of
process if that law enforcement agency:
(i) has contact with the respondent and service by that law enforcement agency is
(ii) determines that under the circumstances, providing service of process on the
respondent is in the best interests of the petitioner.
(9) (a) When an order is served on a respondent in a jail or other holding facility, the law
enforcement agency managing the facility shall make a reasonable effort to provide notice to the
petitioner at the time the respondent is released from incarceration.
(b) Notification of the petitioner shall consist of a good faith reasonable effort to provide
notification, including mailing a copy of the notification to the last-known address of the victim.
(10) A court may modify or vacate an order of protection or any provisions in the order
after notice and hearing, except that the criminal provisions of a protective order may not be
vacated within two years of issuance unless the petitioner:
(a) is personally served with notice of the hearing as provided in Rules 4 and 5, Utah
Rules of Civil Procedure, and the petitioner personally appears before the court and gives
specific consent to the vacation of the criminal provisions of the protective order; or
(b) submits a verified affidavit, stating agreement to the vacation of the criminal
provisions of the protective order.
(11) A protective order may be modified without a showing of substantial and material
change in circumstances.
(12) Insofar as the provisions of this chapter are more specific than the Utah Rules of
Civil Procedure, regarding protective orders, the provisions of this chapter govern.
Section 2. Section 67-4a-210 is amended to read:
67-4a-210. Property held by courts and public agencies.
(1) Any intangible property held by the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the
United States government, or a state or a county or municipal subdivision of a state, or any of
their authorities, agencies, instrumentalities, administrations, services, or other organizations that
remains unclaimed for more than one year after it became payable or distributable is considered
(2) Property held, issued, or owing by the court is payable or distributable if:
(a) the court has notified all persons whose names appear on the records of the court as
having an unadjudicated claim to the property that the property is being held subject to the claim;
(b) no claim is made, or property remains after all claims are resolved.
(3) A claim filed under Section 67-4a-501 for property reported by the court to the
administrator under this Section may be referred to the court for adjudication of the claim.
Section 3. Section 78-3a-109 is amended to read:
78-3a-109. Title of petition and other court documents -- Form and contents of
petition -- Order for temporary custody -- Physical or psychological examination of minor,
parent, or guardian -- Dismissal of petition.
(1) The petition and all subsequent court documents in the proceeding shall be entitled:
"State of Utah, in the interest of...................., a person under 18 years of age (or a person
under 21 years of age)."
(2) The petition shall be verified and statements in the petition may be made upon
information and belief.
(3) The petition shall be written in simple and brief language and include the facts which
bring the minor within the jurisdiction of the court, as provided in Section 78-3a-104 .
(4) The petition shall further state:
(a) the name, age, and residence of the minor;
(b) the names and residences of the minor's parents;
(c) the name and residence of the guardian, if there is one;
(d) the name and address of the nearest known relative, if no parent or guardian is
(e) the name and residence of the person having physical custody of the minor. If any of
the facts required are not known by the petitioner, the petition shall so state.
(5) At any time after a petition is filed, the court may make an order providing for
temporary custody of the minor.
(6) The court may order that a minor concerning whom a petition has been filed shall be
examined by a physician, surgeon, psychiatrist, or psychologist and may place the minor in a
hospital or other facility for examination. After notice and a hearing set for the specific purpose,
the court may order a similar examination of a parent or guardian whose ability to care for a
minor is at issue, if the court finds from the evidence presented at the hearing that the parent's or
guardian's physical, mental, or emotional condition may be a factor in causing the neglect,
dependency, or delinquency of the minor.
(7) Pursuant to Rule 506(d)(3), Utah Rules of Evidence, examinations conducted
pursuant to Subsection (6) are not privileged communications, but are exempt from the general
rule of privilege.
(8) The court may dismiss a petition at any stage of the proceedings.
(9) If the petition is filed under Section 78-3a-305 or 78-3a-405 or if the matter is
referred to the court under Subsection 78-3a-105 [
(a) the court may require the parties to participate in mediation in accordance with Title
78, Chapter 31b, Alternative Dispute Resolution; and
(b) the Division of Child and Family Services or a party to the petition may request and
the court may order the parties to participate in a family unity conference under the authority of
the Division of Child and Family Services in accordance with Subsection (10).
(10) (a) A family unity conference may be ordered by the court for any of the following
(i) discussing and reviewing the case history;
(ii) designing a service plan for the child and family, including concurrent planning;
(iii) discussing a visitation schedule and rules for visitation;
(iv) identifying possible kinship placements under the requirements of Subsection
78-3a-307 (5), and designing services to support the kinship placement;
(v) conflict resolution between the family and Division of Child and Family Services
(vi) discussing child custody issues; or
(vii) crisis clinical intervention to reduce trauma to the child and family.
(b) The family unity conference may be attended by individuals chosen by the family and
the Division of Child and Family Services, and may include extended family members, friends,
clergy, service providers, and others who may support the family in keeping the child safe.
(c) A family unity conference may not be held in the following circumstances:
(i) when there is a criminal charge pending in the case;
(ii) to resolve petition disputes; and
(iii) when a family unity conference may pose a threat to the safety of a child or other
(d) With regard to a family unity conference ordered by a court under Subsection (9)(b):
(i) the requirements of Subsection 78-31b-7 (3)(b) apply except all parties to the
(A) shall be given no less than five days notice of any recommendation made to the court
from the family unity conference; and
(B) shall be given an opportunity to be heard by the court; and
(ii) the confidentiality requirements of Section 78-31b-8 apply, except that admissions by
a party to the allegations on the petition are admissible at any proceeding.
Section 4. Section 78-3a-504 is amended to read:
78-3a-504. Minor held in detention -- Credit for good behavior.
78-3a-118 (2)(f) or 78-3a-901 (3) [
period of detention [
days served [
shall, in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act, establish
rules describing good behavior for which credit may be earned.
(2) Any disposition including detention under Subsection 78-3a-118 (2)(f) or
78-3a-901 (3) shall be concurrent with any other order of detention.
Section 5. Section 78-31a-123 is amended to read:
78-31a-123. Confirmation of award.
After a party to an arbitration proceeding receives notice of an award in a matter not
pending before a court, the party may [
confirming the award [
court, the party may file a motion for an order confirming the award. The court shall issue a
confirming order unless the award is modified or corrected pursuant to Section 78-31a-121 or
78-31a-125 or is vacated pursuant to Section 78-31a-124 .
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