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S.B. 274 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: John L. Valentine

House Sponsor: Eric K. Hutchings

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill makes changes in two court restricted accounts to allow more flexibility within
             10      the court's budget.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    allows the Justice Court Technology, Security, and Training Account to also cover
             14      expenditures for justice court audit expenditures; and
             15          .    adds information technology to the list of expenditures permitted by the Court
             16      Reporter Technology Account.
             17      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             18          None
             19      Other Special Clauses:
             20          None
             21      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             22      AMENDS:
             23          78A-2-408, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 34
             24          78A-7-301, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 78A-2-408 is amended to read:
             28           78A-2-408. Transcripts and copies -- Fees.
             29          (1) The Judicial Council shall by rule provide for a standard page format for transcripts

             30      of court hearings.
             31          (2) (a) The fee for a transcript of a court session, or any part of a court session, shall be
             32      $3.50 per page, which includes the initial preparation of the transcript and one certified copy.
             33      The preparer shall deposit the original text file and printed transcript with the clerk of the court
             34      and provide the person requesting the transcript with the certified copy. The cost of additional
             35      copies shall be as provided in Subsection 78A-2-301 (1). The transcript for an appeal shall be
             36      prepared within the time period permitted by the rules of Appellate Procedure. The fee for a
             37      transcript prepared within three business days of the request shall be 1-1/2 times the base rate.
             38      The fee for a transcript prepared within one business day of the request shall be double the base
             39      rate.
             40          (b) When a transcript is ordered by the court, the fees shall be paid by the parties to the
             41      action in equal proportion or as ordered by the court. The fee for a transcript in a criminal case
             42      in which the defendant is found to be impecunious shall be paid pursuant to Section 77-32-305 .
             43          (c) There is established within the General Fund a restricted account known as the
             44      Court Reporting Technology Account. The clerk of the court shall transfer to the state
             45      treasurer for deposit into this account all fees received under this section. The state court
             46      administrator may draw upon this account for the purchase, development, and maintenance of
             47      court reporting technologies, information technology, and [for] other expenses necessary for
             48      maintaining a verbatim record of court sessions.
             49          (3) The fee for the preparation of a transcript of a court hearing by an official court
             50      transcriber and the fee for the preparation of the transcript by a certified court reporter of a
             51      hearing before any court, referee, master, board, or commission of this state shall be as
             52      provided in Subsection (2)(a), and shall be payable to the person preparing the transcript.
             53          Section 2. Section 78A-7-301 is amended to read:
             54           78A-7-301. Justice Court Technology, Security, and Training Account
             55      established -- Funding -- Uses.
             56          There is created a restricted account in the General Fund known as the Justice Court
             57      Technology, Security, and Training Account.

             58          (1) The state treasurer shall deposit in the account money collected from the surcharge
             59      established in Subsection 78A-6-122 (3)(b)(iii).
             60          (2) Money shall be appropriated from the account to the Administrative Office of the
             61      Courts to [only] be used for audit, technology, security, and training needs in justice courts
             62      throughout the state.

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