Justice Courts are established by counties and municipalities and have the authority to deal with class B and C misdemeanors, violations of ordinances, small claims, and infractions committed within their territorial jurisdiction. Justice Court jurisdictions are determined by the boundaries of local government entitles such as cities or counties, which hire the judges.
For legal advice concerning your case, you must consult an attorney. Neither the Court nor the clerks may provide legal assistance.
There are two types of Justice Court judges: county judges who are initially appointed by a county commission and then stand for retention election every four years, and municipal judges who are appointed by city officials for a 4-year term. Some are both county and municipal judges. Some judges hear cases daily, and others have limited court hours each week.
Justice Court judges need not be attorneys, although they receive extensive and continuing legal training. All Justice Court judges must attend 30 hours of continuing judicial education each year to remain certified. One hundred twenty-eight Justice Court judges serve in 147 county and municipal courts.
For questions regarding fees please visit the Utah Courts website.
If you have received a citation, you must wait no less than 5 days nor more than 14 days after the issuance of the citation to contact the Court.