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S.B. 136





Sponsor: Ed Mayne

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill allows municipal and county justice courts to operate four days per week with
             9      extended hours of operation.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    allows municipal and county justice courts to be open to transact business for no
             13      less than four days per week for at least 11 hours per day.
             14      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20          78-5-108, as last amended by Chapter 245, Laws of Utah 2004
             22      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             23          Section 1. Section 78-5-108 is amended to read:
             24           78-5-108. Trial facilities -- Hours of business.
             25          (1) A justice court judge shall conduct all official court business in a courtroom or
             26      office located in a public facility which is conducive and appropriate to the administration of
             27      justice.

             28          (2) Each county, city, or town shall provide adequate courtroom and auxiliary space for
             29      the justice court. The facility need not be specifically constructed for or allocated solely for the
             30      justice court if existing facilities adequately serve the purposes of the justice court.
             31          (3) County and municipal justice courts shall be open and judicial business shall be
             32      transacted:
             33          (a) five days per week; or
             34          (b) no less than four days per week for at least 11 hours per day.
             35          (4) [The] Notwithstanding Subsection 78-3-24 (10), the legislative body of the county,
             36      city, or town shall establish operating hours for the justice courts within the requirements of
             37      Subsection (3) [and the code of judicial administration].
             38          (5) The hours the courts are open shall be posted conspicuously at the courts and in
             39      local public buildings.
             40          (6) The clerk of the court and judges of county and municipal courts shall attend the
             41      court at regularly scheduled times.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-20-05 5:08 PM

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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