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H.B. 494





Chief Sponsor: Christopher N. Herrod

Senate Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill establishes that justice courts may not be created or certified by the Judicial
             10      Council unless the justice court operates a recording device in each court room.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    requires that when a justice court is created or certified by the Judicial Council, the
             14      justice court operate a digital recording device; and
             15          .    requires that the recordings of justice court proceedings be maintained for a
             16      minimum of three years.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          78A-7-103, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             25      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             26          Section 1. Section 78A-7-103 is amended to read:
             27           78A-7-103. Requirements by Judicial Council for creating and certifying justice

             28      courts.
             29          (1) The Judicial Council has the responsibility for promulgating and publishing
             30      minimum requirements both for the creation of new courts and the certification of existing
             31      courts. The council shall also review requests for waiver of the minimum requirements and
             32      may authorize the creation of a court by waiving compliance with minimum requirements or by
             33      allowing for an extension of time to meet the minimum requirements.
             34          (2) Existing justice courts shall be recertified at the end of each four-year term if they
             35      continue to meet the minimum requirements for the establishment of a new court. Any existing
             36      court which does not meet the minimum requirements may request a review from the council,
             37      which may authorize the recertification of the court by waiving compliance with minimum
             38      requirements or by allowing for an extension of time to meet those requirements.
             39          (3) Notwithstanding Subsections (1) and (2), the Judicial Council may only create or
             40      certify a justice court that digitally records its proceedings and maintains audio recordings for a
             41      minimum of three years.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-24-11 11:39 AM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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