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A New Kind Of Paralegal Is Coming To Help Utahns Navigate The Court System, by Jessica  Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune (published December 14, 2015)


There are issues with how Utahns access their justice  system, a Utah Supreme Court justice said.

Many people either can’t afford lawyers, Deno Himonas said Monday, or simply don’t want to hire one to help them navigate the court system as they file for divorce, settle debts or resolve eviction issues. . . .

To that end, the Utah Supreme Court has approved the creation of a new legal profession: limited paralegal practitioners.

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Creating a new career field from the ground up won’t be without challenges, however.

One of the biggest hurdles may be getting Utah lawyers to support the program. The task force report said 60 percent of lawyers recently surveyed by the Utah State Bar either disagreed or ‘strongly disagreed’ with a proposal to explore limited licenses for certain practice areas.