Courts

The Utah State Court’s Self-Help Center will soon begin offering a series of free classes in Spanish.

Utah State Courts spokesperson Nancy Volmer says the legal system can be incredibly intimidating, especially for someone who doesn’t speak English.

“So we’re hoping that if we reach out to the public, help educate them on how to file the court papers before they get into the court for their hearing, that that will make the whole process run smoother,” she says.

Nicole Nixon

A man accused of shooting and killing a Draper City police officer last September will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole. Thirty-four-year-old Timothy Troy Walker was convicted Tuesday morning in 3rd District court with aggravated murder in the death of 32-year-old police Sergeant Derek Johnson.

The Utah Pride Center won’t be getting a scout troop, Utah’s courts open up the door to electronics, and UTA puts into effect fare increases.

Brian Grimmett

Utah courtrooms are becoming a little more open and transparent today. Members of the public are now allowed to bring cell phones, laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices into Utah courtrooms. 

Federal spending cuts affect Utah’s poor and hungry, Utah’s GOP Chairman says he won’t run for re-election, and Utah’s courts begin a new era of openness.

Utah courts are becoming stronger, more efficient and more transparent according to newly-appointed Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant. Durrant gave the annual State of the Judiciary to lawmakers this afternoon on day one of the 2013 legislative session. 

Chief Justice Durrant touted the high court's ability to handle a 10 percent cut in staff during the recession. In the face of reductions, the court system was able to reduce the age of pending cases by 34 percent, meaning cases are being resolved faster.

For the past year, the Utah Judicial Council has been looking into two rule changes that could increase the media’s video access to courts and permit the use of electronic devices within the courtroom.