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First Substitute S.B. 104

Senator Lyle W. Hillyard proposes the following substitute bill:




Sponsor: Lyle W. Hillyard

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill makes clarifying and technical changes to specific statutes.
             9      Highlighted Provisions:
             10          This bill:
             11          .    changes a three-year requirement to two to bring a provision concerning protective
             12      orders into line with another statute;
             13          .    clarifies credit for good behavior for minors in detention;
             14          .    clarifies the process for petitioning the court to confirm an award when the matter is
             15      not the subject of current litigation; and
             16          .    provides direction to the court for the disposition of property held by the court.
             17      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          30-6-4.2, as last amended by Chapter 68, Laws of Utah 2003
             24          67-4a-210, as enacted by Chapter 198, Laws of Utah 1995
             25          78-3a-109, as last amended by Chapter 180, Laws of Utah 2001

             26          78-3a-504, as last amended by Chapter 171, Laws of Utah 2003
             27          78-31a-123, as enacted by Chapter 326, Laws of Utah 2002
             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 30-6-4.2 is amended to read:
             31           30-6-4.2. Protective orders -- Ex parte protective orders -- Modification of orders
             32      -- Service of process -- Duties of the court.
             33          (1) If it appears from a petition for an order for protection or a petition to modify an
             34      order for protection that domestic violence or abuse has occurred or a modification of an order
             35      for protection is required, a court may:
             36          (a) without notice, immediately issue an order for protection ex parte or modify an
             37      order for protection ex parte as it considers necessary to protect the petitioner and all parties
             38      named to be protected in the petition; or
             39          (b) upon notice, issue an order for protection or modify an order after a hearing,
             40      whether or not the respondent appears.
             41          (2) A court may grant the following relief without notice in an order for protection or a
             42      modification issued ex parte:
             43          (a) enjoin the respondent from threatening to commit or committing domestic violence
             44      or abuse against the petitioner and any designated family or household member;
             45          (b) prohibit the respondent from harassing, telephoning, contacting, or otherwise
             46      communicating with the petitioner, directly or indirectly;
             47          (c) order that the respondent is excluded from the petitioner's residence and its
             48      premises, and order the respondent to stay away from the residence, school, or place of
             49      employment of the petitioner, and the premises of any of these, or any specified place
             50      frequented by the petitioner and any designated family or household member;
             51          (d) upon finding that the respondent's use or possession of a weapon may pose a
             52      serious threat of harm to the petitioner, prohibit the respondent from purchasing, using, or
             53      possessing a firearm or other weapon specified by the court;
             54          (e) order possession and use of an automobile and other essential personal effects, and
             55      direct the appropriate law enforcement officer to accompany the petitioner to the residence of
             56      the parties to ensure that the petitioner is safely restored to possession of the residence,

             57      automobile, and other essential personal effects, or to supervise the petitioner's or respondent's
             58      removal of personal belongings;
             59          (f) grant to the petitioner temporary custody of any minor children of the parties;
             60          (g) order any further relief that the court considers necessary to provide for the safety
             61      and welfare of the petitioner and any designated family or household member; and
             62          (h) if the petition requests child support or spousal support, at the hearing on the
             63      petition order both parties to provide verification of current income, including year-to-date pay
             64      stubs or employer statements of year-to-date or other period of earnings, as specified by the
             65      court, and complete copies of tax returns from at least the most recent year.
             66          (3) A court may grant the following relief in an order for protection or a modification
             67      of an order after notice and hearing, whether or not the respondent appears:
             68          (a) grant the relief described in Subsection (2); and
             69          (b) specify arrangements for parent-time of any minor child by the respondent and
             70      require supervision of that parent-time by a third party or deny parent-time if necessary to
             71      protect the safety of the petitioner or child.
             72          (4) Following the protective order hearing, the court shall:
             73          (a) as soon as possible, deliver the order to the county sheriff for service of process;
             74          (b) make reasonable efforts to ensure that the order for protection is understood by the
             75      petitioner, and the respondent, if present;
             76          (c) transmit, by the end of the next business day after the order is issued, a copy of the
             77      order for protection to the local law enforcement agency or agencies designated by the
             78      petitioner; and
             79          (d) transmit a copy of the order to the statewide domestic violence network described
             80      in Section 30-6-8 .
             81          (5) (a) Each protective order shall include two separate portions, one for provisions, the
             82      violation of which are criminal offenses, and one for provisions, the violation of which are civil
             83      violations, as follows:
             84          (i) criminal offenses are those under Subsections (2)(a) through (e), and under
             85      Subsection (3)(a) as it refers to Subsections (2)(a) through (e); and
             86          (ii) civil offenses are those under Subsections (2)(f) through (h), and Subsection (3)(a)
             87      as it refers to Subsections (2)(f) through (h).

             88          (b) The criminal provision portion shall include a statement that violation of any
             89      criminal provision is a class A misdemeanor.
             90          (c) The civil provision portion shall include a notice that violation of or failure to
             91      comply with a civil provision is subject to contempt proceedings.
             92          (6) The protective order shall include:
             93          (a) a designation of a specific date, determined by the court, when the civil portion of
             94      the protective order either expires or is scheduled for review by the court, which date may not
             95      exceed 150 days after the date the order is issued, unless the court indicates on the record the
             96      reason for setting a date beyond 150 days;
             97          (b) information the petitioner is able to provide to facilitate identification of the
             98      respondent, such as Social Security number, driver license number, date of birth, address,
             99      telephone number, and physical description; and
             100          (c) a statement advising the petitioner that:
             101          (i) after [three] two years from the date of issuance of the protective order, a hearing
             102      may be held to dismiss the criminal portion of the protective order;
             103          (ii) the petitioner should, within the 30 days prior to the end of the [three-year]
             104      two-year period, advise the court of the petitioner's current address for notice of any hearing;
             105      and
             106          (iii) the address provided by the petitioner will not be made available to the respondent.
             107          (7) Child support and spouse support orders issued as part of a protective order are
             108      subject to mandatory income withholding under Title 62A, Chapter 11, Part 4, Income
             109      Withholding in IV-D Cases, and Title 62A, Chapter 11, Part 5, Income Withholding in Non
             110      IV-D Cases, except when the protective order is issued ex parte.
             111          (8) (a) The county sheriff that receives the order from the court, pursuant to Subsection
             112      (5)(a), shall provide expedited service for orders for protection issued in accordance with this
             113      chapter, and shall transmit verification of service of process, when the order has been served, to
             114      the statewide domestic violence network described in Section 30-6-8 .
             115          (b) This section does not prohibit any law enforcement agency from providing service
             116      of process if that law enforcement agency:
             117          (i) has contact with the respondent and service by that law enforcement agency is
             118      possible; or

             119          (ii) determines that under the circumstances, providing service of process on the
             120      respondent is in the best interests of the petitioner.
             121          (9) (a) When an order is served on a respondent in a jail or other holding facility, the
             122      law enforcement agency managing the facility shall make a reasonable effort to provide notice
             123      to the petitioner at the time the respondent is released from incarceration.
             124          (b) Notification of the petitioner shall consist of a good faith reasonable effort to
             125      provide notification, including mailing a copy of the notification to the last-known address of
             126      the victim.
             127          (10) A court may modify or vacate an order of protection or any provisions in the order
             128      after notice and hearing, except that the criminal provisions of a protective order may not be
             129      vacated within two years of issuance unless the petitioner:
             130          (a) is personally served with notice of the hearing as provided in Rules 4 and 5, Utah
             131      Rules of Civil Procedure, and the petitioner personally appears before the court and gives
             132      specific consent to the vacation of the criminal provisions of the protective order; or
             133          (b) submits a verified affidavit, stating agreement to the vacation of the criminal
             134      provisions of the protective order.
             135          (11) A protective order may be modified without a showing of substantial and material
             136      change in circumstances.
             137          (12) Insofar as the provisions of this chapter are more specific than the Utah Rules of
             138      Civil Procedure, regarding protective orders, the provisions of this chapter govern.
             139          Section 2. Section 67-4a-210 is amended to read:
             140           67-4a-210. Property held by courts and public agencies.
             141          (1) Any intangible property held by the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the
             142      United States government, or a state or a county or municipal subdivision of a state, or any of
             143      their authorities, agencies, instrumentalities, administrations, services, or other organizations
             144      that remains unclaimed for more than one year after it became payable or distributable is
             145      considered abandoned.
             146          (2) Property held, issued, or owing by the court is payable or distributable if:
             147          (a) the court has notified a person whose name appears on the records of the court as
             148      having an unadjudicated claim to the property that the property is being held subject to the
             149      claim, and

             150          (b) no claim is made, or property remains after all claims are resolved.
             151          (3) A claim filed under Section 67-4a-501 for property reported by the court to the
             152      administrator under this Section may be referred to the court for adjudication of the claim.
             153          Section 3. Section 78-3a-109 is amended to read:
             154           78-3a-109. Title of petition and other court documents -- Form and contents of
             155      petition -- Order for temporary custody -- Physical or psychological examination of
             156      minor, parent, or guardian -- Dismissal of petition.
             157          (1) The petition and all subsequent court documents in the proceeding shall be entitled:
             158          "State of Utah, in the interest of...................., a person under 18 years of age (or a
             159      person under 21 years of age)."
             160          (2) The petition shall be verified and statements in the petition may be made upon
             161      information and belief.
             162          (3) The petition shall be written in simple and brief language and include the facts
             163      which bring the minor within the jurisdiction of the court, as provided in Section 78-3a-104 .
             164          (4) The petition shall further state:
             165          (a) the name, age, and residence of the minor;
             166          (b) the names and residences of the minor's parents;
             167          (c) the name and residence of the guardian, if there is one;
             168          (d) the name and address of the nearest known relative, if no parent or guardian is
             169      known; and
             170          (e) the name and residence of the person having physical custody of the minor. If any
             171      of the facts required are not known by the petitioner, the petition shall so state.
             172          (5) At any time after a petition is filed, the court may make an order providing for
             173      temporary custody of the minor.
             174          (6) The court may order that a minor concerning whom a petition has been filed shall
             175      be examined by a physician, surgeon, psychiatrist, or psychologist and may place the minor in a
             176      hospital or other facility for examination. After notice and a hearing set for the specific
             177      purpose, the court may order a similar examination of a parent or guardian whose ability to care
             178      for a minor is at issue, if the court finds from the evidence presented at the hearing that the
             179      parent's or guardian's physical, mental, or emotional condition may be a factor in causing the
             180      neglect, dependency, or delinquency of the minor.

             181          (7) Pursuant to Rule 506(d)(3), Utah Rules of Evidence, examinations conducted
             182      pursuant to Subsection (6) are not privileged communications, but are exempt from the general
             183      rule of privilege.
             184          (8) The court may dismiss a petition at any stage of the proceedings.
             185          (9) If the petition is filed under Section 78-3a-305 or 78-3a-405 or if the matter is
             186      referred to the court under Subsection 78-3a-105 [(3)(b)](5):
             187          (a) the court may require the parties to participate in mediation in accordance with Title
             188      78, Chapter 31b, Alternative Dispute Resolution; and
             189          (b) the Division of Child and Family Services or a party to the petition may request and
             190      the court may order the parties to participate in a family unity conference under the authority of
             191      the Division of Child and Family Services in accordance with Subsection (10).
             192          (10) (a) A family unity conference may be ordered by the court for any of the following
             193      purposes:
             194          (i) discussing and reviewing the case history;
             195          (ii) designing a service plan for the child and family, including concurrent planning;
             196          (iii) discussing a visitation schedule and rules for visitation;
             197          (iv) identifying possible kinship placements under the requirements of Subsection
             198      78-3a-307 (5), and designing services to support the kinship placement;
             199          (v) conflict resolution between the family and Division of Child and Family Services
             200      staff;
             201          (vi) discussing child custody issues; or
             202          (vii) crisis clinical intervention to reduce trauma to the child and family.
             203          (b) The family unity conference may be attended by individuals chosen by the family
             204      and the Division of Child and Family Services, and may include extended family members,
             205      friends, clergy, service providers, and others who may support the family in keeping the child
             206      safe.
             207          (c) A family unity conference may not be held in the following circumstances:
             208          (i) when there is a criminal charge pending in the case;
             209          (ii) to resolve petition disputes; and
             210          (iii) when a family unity conference may pose a threat to the safety of a child or other
             211      family member.

             212          (d) With regard to a family unity conference ordered by a court under Subsection
             213      (9)(b):
             214          (i) the requirements of Subsection 78-31b-7 (3)(b) apply except all parties to the
             215      proceeding:
             216          (A) shall be given no less than five days notice of any recommendation made to the
             217      court from the family unity conference; and
             218          (B) shall be given an opportunity to be heard by the court; and
             219          (ii) the confidentiality requirements of Section 78-31b-8 apply, except that admissions
             220      by a party to the allegations on the petition are admissible at any proceeding.
             221          Section 4. Section 78-3a-504 is amended to read:
             222           78-3a-504. Minor held in detention -- Credit for good behavior.
             223          (1) [A] The judge may order whether a minor held in detention under Subsection
             224      78-3a-118 (2)(f) or 78-3a-901 (3) [shall] is eligible to receive credit for good behavior against
             225      the period of detention [ordered by the court at the]. The rate of credit is one day for every
             226      three days served [under guidelines established by the]. The Division of Juvenile Justice
             227      Services shall, in accordance with Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act,
             228      establish rules describing good behavior for which credit may be earned.
             229          (2) Any disposition including detention under Subsection 78-3a-118 (2)(f) or
             230      78-3a-901 (3) shall be concurrent with any other order of detention.
             231          Section 5. Section 78-31a-123 is amended to read:
             232           78-31a-123. Confirmation of award.
             233          After a party to an arbitration proceeding receives notice of an award in a matter not
             234      pending before a court, the party may [make a motion to] petition the court for an order
             235      confirming the award [at which time the]. If the notice of award is in a matter pending before
             236      the court, the party may file a motion for an order confirming the award. The court shall issue
             237      a confirming order unless the award is modified or corrected pursuant to Section 78-31a-121 or
             238      78-31a-125 or is vacated pursuant to Section 78-31a-124 .

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