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S.B. 30





Sponsor: David L. Thomas

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill repeals and reenacts the Code of Criminal Procedure provision regarding the
             9      evidence and procedures involved in a magistrate's issuance of a search warrant. The
             10      reenacted section refers to the procedures in Rule 40 of the Rules of Criminal
             11      Procedure. This bill also amends the Code of Criminal Procedure regarding the
             12      management of the records and information a magistrate relies upon in issuing a search
             13      warrant to reflect use of remotely communicated search warrants.
             14      Highlighted Provisions:
             15          This bill:
             16          .    repeals current criminal procedure provisions regarding the grounds for and the
             17      process for issuing a search warrant;
             18          .    refers to the recently enacted Rule 40 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure regarding
             19      evidence and procedures for issuing search warrants;
             20          .    clarifies that a remotely communicated search warrant shall be served as a written
             21      document; and
             22          .    includes reference to the management of recorded testimony that is used as the basis
             23      for the issuance of a warrant.
             24      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             25          None
             26      Other Special Clauses:
             27          None

             28      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             29      AMENDS:
             30          77-23-209, as renumbered and amended by Chapter 142, Laws of Utah 1994
             31      REPEALS AND REENACTS:
             32          77-23-204, as last amended by Chapter 282, Laws of Utah 1998
             34      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             35          Section 1. Section 77-23-204 is repealed and reenacted to read:
             36          77-23-204. Remotely communicated search warrants served in written form.
             37          A remotely communicated search warrant issued under Rule 40 of the Rules of
             38      Criminal Procedure shall be served in a written form upon the person or place to be served.
             39          Section 2. Section 77-23-209 is amended to read:
             40           77-23-209. Return of recorded testimony and warrant to district court.
             41          (1) The magistrate shall annex [to the depositions and, affidavits upon which the search
             42      warrant is based,] the search warrant, the return, and the inventory to the depositions,
             43      affidavits, or recorded testimony upon which the search warrant is based.
             44          (2) If [he is without] the magistrate does not have authority to proceed further with
             45      respect to the offense [under] regarding which the warrant was issued, [he] the magistrate shall
             46      [return them] forward the warrant and the depositions, affidavits, or recorded testimony to the
             47      appropriate court of the county having jurisdiction over the offense within 15 days after the
             48      return.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 12-1-04 10:05 AM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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