Pro Se Pretrial Calendars

What is a Pro Se Pretrial Calendar?

Judges and Commissioners in Utah Judicial Districts 4, 5, and 8 may set your divorce or paternity case for a Pretrial Calendar. This calendar is for parties whose cases have stalled and where neither party has an attorney. At the Pretrial Calendar, you will be appointed a volunteer attorney who will help you try to reach an agreement so that you can avoid the stress and time required for a trial.

TLC assists the Courts in coordinating the calendars by providing attorneys and logistical support.

District 4: Utah, Wasatch, Juab, and Millard Counties

District 5: Beaver, Iron, and Washington Counties

District 8: Duchesne, Daggett, and Uintah Counties

Please do not contact TLC and request for your case to be added to the pro se calendar. We are unable to schedule cases for the pro se calendar; only the judge or commissioner assigned to your case can do so.

Information for Attorneys Interested in Volunteering

Volunteering for a Pro Se Pretrial Calendar is a remote pro bono opportunity for no more than 4 hours on one day.

TLC manages a family law Pro Se Pretrial Calendar for the 4th, 5th, and 8th Districts. The Court staff in these Districts create a calendar where they place pro se parties whose cases have stalled for a number of reasons. TLC provides the parties on this calendar with a volunteer attorney who represents them on a limited basis for the one hearing only. The attorney will spend a few hours of negotiation remotely to help these cases come to a resolution.

We have worked to make this a convenient opportunity to provide pro bono service.

  • You will not need to travel to a Courthouse.
  • You will not need to commit to any time before or after the day of the hearing.
  • You will not need to file any documents. Per a signed Standing Order for the Pro Se Calendar, you will be automatically attached to the case as the attorney of record the day before the hearing so you can access the necessary case documents and receive the Webex link to attend the hearing.
  • You will not be asked to nor need to draft any documents.

Your commitment:

  • You will need to review the schedule, provided by TLC, to find a hearing that works for you and a case that you do not have a conflict with.
  • You will need to let TLC know which hearing, case, and party you are volunteering for at lani@timplegal.org
  • You will need to block out time from your schedule for: 1) the TWO HOURS PRIOR to the hearing for negotiations and (2) the hearing. (For example: If the hearing is scheduled at 1:00 pm via Webex, you will work with the parties and opposing counsel from 11:00 am -1:00 pm. You can call and speak to your client at 11:00 am and once ready, call opposing counsel. Both Attorneys and parties would be agreeing to this schedule. This will allow us to reduce time in the courtroom.)
  • During the two hour block of time prior to the hearing, you will speak to your client and to opposing counsel to negotiate and see if a full or partial settlement can be reached prior to the hearing. If so, that agreement will be read on the record at the hearing. If more time is needed, breakout rooms will be provided via Webex at the hearing by the Court staff for you to continue negotiations.
  • At the opening of the hearing, you will verbally note that you are appearing on a limited basis, for this hearing only and let the Commissioner or Judge know the status of your negotiations (whether a full or partial agreement was made that is ready to be read on the record, whether more time for negotiations is needed in break out rooms, or whether settlement is not possible and the case will need to move forward to trial).
  • At the end of the hearing, you will verbally move to be detached as counsel from the case and move to have the recording of the hearing provided per the signed Standing Order if a full or partial settlement was reached.

Email lani@timplegal.org if you are interested in volunteering with the Pro Se Calendar or if you have any questions about the program.

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