Legal service of civil papers depends upon the type of process and is outlined in the Utah Rules of Civil Procedures. The most commonly served papers are described below: Small Claims Order:
The order must be served 30 calendar days before the trial date. The state's court help web site has additional information.
Refer to Small Claims Court for further information.
Ex Parte, Protective Orders, Stalking Injunctions
These orders can be served up to the time of the court hearing. Documentation of service may not be received by the court prior to the hearing. Documentation should be on the statewide warrants system.
Eviction Notices, including:
- 3 Day Alternative Notice
- 3 Day Nuisance Notice
- Fifteen Day Notice
- Notice to Comply or Quit
- 3 Day Summons
- Writ of Restitution
The above paper processes are generally served upon the defendant at time of preparation and/or receipt. The time constraints apply to a defendant responding to this order. The State's Court website has additional information. Refer to Landlord/Tenant issues for further information.
It takes approximately 10 working days to process a return of service and return it to the court of record or the plaintiff so they are aware of the service. If a plaintiff or the court has not received proof of service at the time of the hearing, it can hinder the procedure. PLEASE ALLOW FOUR TO FIVE WEEKS FOR SERVICE AND RETURN TO BE MADE.