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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill creates a chapter in the legislative rules relating to communications with the
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This resolution:
14 . provides guidelines and restrictions for legislators when communicating with
16 . prohibits legislators from communicating with a judge in reference to a particular
17 judicial case or proceeding until a final order has been made;
18 . provides guidelines for communicating with the Administrative Office of the
19 Courts or the clerk of the court in other circumstances; and
20 . provides an exception for communications made in the ordinary course of a
21 legislator's private employment, except where a legislator attempts to use his or her
22 status as legislator to exert undue influence.
23 Special Clauses:
25 Legislative Rules Affected:
30 Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. JR6-6-101 is enacted to read:
34 JR6-6-101. Communications with the Judiciary.
35 (1) As used in this section, "final decision or order" means a decision or order that
36 determines the rights of the parties and concerning which appellate remedies have been
37 exhausted or the time for appeal has expired.
38 (2) (a) A legislator may not communicate, either verbally or in writing, with a judge in
39 reference to a particular judicial case or proceeding until a final decision or order has been
40 made on the matter.
41 (b) Inquiries to the judiciary that are merely technical or logistical in nature should be
42 made with the Administrative Office of the Courts or a clerk of the court.
43 Section 2. JR6-6-102 is enacted to read:
44 JR6-6-102. Exceptions -- Acting in Normal Course of Private Employment.
45 The restrictions in this chapter shall not apply to a communication that a legislator
46 makes with the judiciary in the normal course of the legislator's private employment, provided
47 that the legislator does not use his or her status as a legislator in an attempt to unduly influence
48 the judiciary.
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