What follows is a brief but informative summary of rules, procedures, and filings requirements for small claims court in Utah. Keep in mind that rules and laws change. It’s always a good idea to confirm the rules with the court or with further research.
Maximum Jurisdictional Dollar Amount: The maximum dollar amount is $7,500.
Where Suit May Be Brought: Cases should be brought where the defendant resides or where breach or injury occurred.
Proper Manner of Service of Process upon Defendant: Service may be made by Sheriff, deputy, constable or disinterested adult.
How the Hearing Date Is Selected: The hearing date is set by the court.
Attorney Representation Rule: Attorneys are allowed.
Special Provisions Regarding Transfer or Jurisdiction of Cases: There is no provision.
Availability of Appeals: Either litigant may appeal for a new trial to District Court within ten days. District Court will try the appeal in accordance with Small Claims Court procedures, except that a record of the trial will be maintained.
Special Rules and Notes: Parties may request jury trial. The right to sue may not be transferred. Evening sessions are available. Defendant must counterclaim at least 2 days before trial.
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