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Court Changes Overturned

Court Changes Overturned

Posted - May 23, 2004 at 5:18 p.m.



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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Months after it was passed by state legislators, the Utah Supreme Court has struck down an amendment to court rules relating to appeals.

The change amended rules of procedure for appellate bonds. Defendants ordered to pay a judgment must post a bond or arrange for another form of security to avoid payment while they appeal the case.

In a letter to lawmakers, Chief Justice Christine Durham said the change was passed hastily, and recommended that an advisory committee study the issue.

Representative Greg Curtis introduced the resolution. The Sandy Republican says he's disappointed in the lack of communication before the Utah Supreme Court made its decision.

Curtis says the resolution was intended to ensure bonds were not so large that they prevented a defendant's right to due process.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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