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Utah Rules of Civil Procedure
The Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure has been working over the last few years to draft simplified rules to address the expansion and increased cost of discovery, and the impact on the state civil justice system. The Committee is considering significant statewide changes to the rules governing disclosure and discovery in order to reverse the default from unlimited discovery to proportional and cost-effective discovery. Prior to presenting the proposed rules changes for official notice and comment, the Committee spoke to bar groups, judges, and other interested organizations to inform them about, and receive comments on, the proposed changes. After working through comments and specific sections of the proposed changes, the Committee officially published the proposed rules for a notice and comment period.
After both an informal and formal notice and comment period, on August 29, 2011, the Utah Supreme Court approved the proposed amendments. The amendments are effective for all cases filed on or after November 1, 2011.