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S.B. 159 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: Scott K. Jenkins

House Sponsor: Lee B. Perry

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill allows a court to order bail money to be paid to a judgment creditor.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    allows the court to order that a judgment creditor be paid from funds posted as bail
             13      by a judgment debtor.
             14      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             15          None
             16      Other Special Clauses:
             17          None
             18      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             19      AMENDS:
             20           78B-6-306 , as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             21           78B-6-311 , as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 78B-6-306 is amended to read:
             25           78B-6-306. Bail bond -- Form.
             26          (1) When a direction to allow the person arrested to post bail is contained in the
             27      warrant of attachment, the person shall be released if bond is posted and the person executes a
             28      written promise to appear on the return of the warrant, and abide by the order of the court or
             29      judge.

             30          (2) Any bail posted is subject to the provisions of Section 78B-6-311 .
             31          Section 2. Section 78B-6-311 is amended to read:
             32           78B-6-311. Damages to party aggrieved.
             33          (1) If an actual loss or injury to a party in an action or special proceeding is caused by
             34      the contempt, the court, in lieu of or in addition to the fine or imprisonment imposed for the
             35      contempt, may order the person proceeded against to pay the party aggrieved a sum of money
             36      sufficient to indemnify [him] and [to] satisfy [his] the aggrieved party's costs and expenses.
             37      The court may order that any bail posted by the person proceeded against be used to satisfy all
             38      or part of the money ordered to be paid to the aggrieved party. The order and the acceptance of
             39      money under it is a bar to an action by the aggrieved party for the loss and injury.
             40          (2) A judgment creditor may request that the court pay bail posted by a judgment
             41      debtor to the judgment creditor if:
             42          (a) the judgment debtor owes the judgment creditor funds pursuant to a court-ordered
             43      judgment;
             44          (b) the judgment creditor provides the court with a copy of the valid judgment; and
             45          (c) bail was posted in cash, or by credit or debit card.
             46          (3) Upon receipt of a request by a judgment creditor, the court shall require the
             47      judgment debtor to provide either proof of payment or good cause why the court should not
             48      order the forfeiture of bail to then be paid to the judgment creditor. The court shall find that
             49      good cause exists if the judgment debtor provides admissible evidence that the bail was paid by
             50      a third party.
             51          (4) The court may, in its discretion, order all or a portion of the funds deposited with
             52      the court as bail to be paid to the judgment creditor towards the amount of the judgment. If the
             53      amount paid to the court exceeds the amount of the judgment, the court shall refund the excess
             54      to the judgment debtor.
             55          (5) Within seven days of the receipt of funds, the judgment creditor shall provide to the
             56      judgment debtor an accounting of amounts received and the balance still due, if any.

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