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S.B. 182





Chief Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

House Sponsor: Rebecca D. Lockhart

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill extends the expiration date of criminal restitution orders indefinitely.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    provides that there is no statute of limitations on criminal restitution orders;
             13          .    provides that the victim shall be entitled to recover collection fees if the defendant
             14      fails to obey a court order for payment of restitution;
             15          .    provides that payment in full of a restitution order includes the payment of any
             16      applicable collection fees, attorney fees, and interest; and
             17          .    provides that the expiration date of criminal restitution orders applies to all
             18      restitution judgments that are not paid in full on or before May 12, 2009.
             19      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             20          None
             21      Other Special Clauses:
             22          None
             23      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             24      AMENDS:
             25          77-38a-401, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 382
             27      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:

             28          Section 1. Section 77-38a-401 is amended to read:
             29           77-38a-401. Entry of judgment -- Interest -- Civil actions -- Lien.
             30          (1) Upon the court determining that a defendant owes restitution, the clerk of the court
             31      shall enter an order of complete restitution as defined in Section 77-38a-302 on the civil
             32      judgment docket and provide notice of the order to the parties.
             33          (2) The order shall be considered a legal judgment, enforceable under the Utah Rules
             34      of Civil Procedure. In addition, the department may, on behalf of the person in whose favor the
             35      restitution order is entered, enforce the restitution order as judgment creditor under the Utah
             36      Rules of Civil Procedure.
             37          (3) If the defendant fails to obey a court order for payment of restitution and the victim
             38      or department elects to pursue collection of the order by civil process, the victim shall be
             39      entitled to recover collection and reasonable [attorney's] attorney fees.
             40          (4) [A] Notwithstanding Section 78B-2-311 , a judgment ordering restitution when
             41      [recorded in a registry of judgments] entered on the civil judgment docket shall have the same
             42      affect and is subject to the same rules as a judgment in a civil action and expires only upon
             43      payment in full, which includes applicable interest, collection fees, and attorney fees. Interest
             44      shall accrue on the amount ordered from the time of sentencing, including prejudgment
             45      interest. This Subsection (4) applies to all restitution judgements not paid in full on or before
             46      May 12, 2009.
             47          (5) The department shall make rules permitting the restitution payments to be credited
             48      to principal first and the remainder of payments credited to interest in accordance with Title
             49      63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative Rulemaking Act.

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