Justice Court

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Orem City Justice Court
97 E Center, Orem, UT 84057
Phone: 801.724.3900
Fax: 801.724.3934

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm (excluding most state and national holidays)

 










Online Forms

The Court has provided the following forms online as a convenience to citizens.  Please select the form that fits your specific situation.

Plea in Abeyance Form - Use this form to request approval to resolve your moving citation through a traffic school option.

Request to Judge Form – This form is to be used by defendants who have already appeared before the City of Orem Justice Court Judge and are requesting approval to change a sentencing condition.  If you have not appeared before the Judge and are contesting your citation, please contact the court to sign a promise to appear for a court date.

If you are unsure which form to use, please contact the court for assistance.

Courthouse Rules

No Weapons. This includes any sharp or bladed instrument.  Security is not allowed to hold these items for you.  Please leave them at home or in your vehicle.

Proper Dress is Required. No shorts, hats, tank-tops, halter-tops, mini skirts or clothing with inappropriate pictures or words.  You may be asked to reschedule your hearing if you are not properly dressed.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices Must be Turned Off. Cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off while you conduct your business with the court.  Security may confiscate these items if they are disrupting proceedings or are being used to record without authorization.

No Photography or Recording Allowed. Photography and/or recording of proceedings are only allowed upon written prior approval from the Justice Court Judge.

No Small or Disruptive Children Allowed in the Courtroom.

Court Calendars

Cases at the City of Orem Justice Court are processed on the state court computer system known as CORIS.  The state court has made the City of Orem Justice Court calendars available online.  The calendars provided are for a two week period and are updated daily.

The link is:  http://www.utcourts.gov/cal/

Paying Court Fines and Fees

Pay online:

www.utcourts.gov/payments

Pay in person:

Appear at the City of Orem Justice Court located at 97 E Center, Orem, Monday - Friday (excluding most state & national holidays) between the hours of 8 am - 4:45 pm.

Pay by phone:

Payment by credit card can be made over the phone by calling (801) 724-3900, Monday - Friday (excluding most state and national holidays) between the hours of 8 am - 4:45 pm.

Pay by mail:

Remit check or money order.  Do not send cash.  Include citation or case number on the check or money order.  Payments need to be received by the court timely to avoid additional penalty amounts.  Mail payment to the City of Orem Justice Court, 97 E Center, Orem, Ut  84057.

Traffic School

The City of Orem offers a traffic school class as an option in resolving a moving violation through the following steps:  
Make your request for approval online (Online Forms tab), or appear at the City of Orem Justice Court within 14 days from the date of your ticket to determine if you are eligible for a traffic school option.

Eligibility is based on your driving history.  The clerks at the justice court will not be able to approve you for traffic school if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Three (3) or more plea in abeyances/convictions for moving violations on your driving record.
  • You currently have an active plea in abeyance agreement with the City of Orem Justice court.
  • Citation is for an alcohol related offense.
  • Citation is for a reckless driving offense.
  • Citation was for speeding that exceeds 30 mph over the posted limit or if your speed was double the posted limit.
  • Citation requires a mandatory appearance before the judge.

If you are determined eligible the clerk will assist you with a plea in abeyance agreement which is required by State law and outlines the requirements for your case to be resolved.

The clerk can also assist in signing you up for traffic school at the same time you enter into your agreement.
Please be prepared to pay for traffic school and the plea in abeyance fee on the date you come into the justice court.

Fix-It Tickets

Vehicle safety violations are the only types of charges eligible for a fix-it violation.  Registration and insurance violations are not considered fix-it violations by State law.  

Fix-it tickets need to be signed off by a City of Orem Public Safety Officer at 95 E Center, and turned into the court within 14 days of the violation to be eligible for dismissal.  You can submit a fix-it ticket for dismissal, Monday – Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Fine and Fee Information

Court fines and fees are established through recommended guidelines from the Uniform Fine/Bail Schedule. A judge is not obligated to set the fine in the amount listed, but can set the fine in an appropriate amount given the facts and circumstances of each case (including the individual’s prior record).

You may contact the court for an estimated fine/fee on your citation.  Please be aware that the estimated cost given to you will be based on the Uniform Fine/Bail Schedule and the information you provide.  Actual amounts of a citation is determined by the violation once it is entered into the court computer system or set by the justice court judge.  Citations may include an accident, delinquent and/or warrant enhancement.

You now have the option to PAY YOUR TICKET ONLINE at www.utcourts.gov/payments.  If you would like to take advantage of the traffic school option, please contact the Court prior to paying your citation online.

Registration Violations

If your vehicle was registered at the time of the citation, you may be eligible for a dismissal if proof of registration along with proof that the registration was paid prior to the citation is provided within 14 days of the violation.  You may fax this proof to the court at (801) 724-3934, but please follow-up with the court to verify it was received.

If you receive a citation and register your vehicle after the citation, you may be eligible for a $10 credit towards your fine with proof of registration.  Please come into the court at 97 E Center, Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm to show proof of your registration for your credit and pay the remainder of the fine.  

If you have questions, you can contact the court at (801) 724-3900.

Insurance Violations


Per the Uniform Fine/Bail Schedule, the fine for a first offense of No Proof of Insurance is $400 (excluding delinquent or warrant fees).

A violation of No Proof of Insurance can be dismissed when verification in the form of a letter is presented to the court with the following required information:
  • Letter must be on insurance agency letterhead.
  • Current date.
  • Name of insured.  If the name is different than the person who received the citation, the letter must include an explanation indicating that the driver had the permission of the owner and is covered under that policy.
  • Vehicle description (must match the vehicle on the citation).
  • Coverage was in effect on the date and time the citation was issued.
  • Agent’s signature.
  • Citation or case number.

Present this letter in person or mail it to:
City of Orem Justice Court
97 E Center
Orem, Ut  84057

If you can provide the above letter, you can also have your agent fax the letter to (801) 724-3934.  If the letter is faxed, you must call the court at (801) 724-3900 to verify that the letter was received.

If you are unable to meet the above requirements, you may be eligible to receive a $300 credit towards your fine for obtaining insurance after the citation was issued.  To receive this credit, you must present a letter to the court with the following information:

  • Letter must be on insurance agency letterhead.
  • Current date.
  • Name of insured.  If the name is different than the person who received the citation, the letter must include an explanation indicating that the driver had the permission of the owner and is covered under that policy.
  • Vehicle description (must match the vehicle on the citation).
  • Coverage was in effect within 14 days of the date the citation was issued and the policy is still in effect.
  • Agent’s signature.
  • Citation or case number.
Present this letter in person to:
City of Orem Justice Court
97 E Center
Orem, Ut  84057

If the above requirements cannot be met contact the court in person at the address listed above or call (801) 724-3900.

Please be aware that payment of part or all of an insurance violation will be reporter to the driver’s license division, which may require you to carry SR22 insurance.  This is a state requirement that cannot be waived by the court.

If you have received more than one citation for an insurance violation with our court, you will be required to appear before the justice court judge.

Small Claims

The City of Orem Justice Court has jurisdiction over small claims cases if the defendant (person being sued) resides in Orem City or the debt arose within the Orem City limits.

Small claims can be filed for a claim up to $10,000.  The claim must be for actual damages (can’t file for treble damages).  

The fee to file a small claims case is:

$60 if the claim is less than $2,000
$100 if the claim is for $2,001 - $7,500
$185 if the claim is for $7,501 - $10,000

The court provides the forms needed to file a small claims for $1 or you can obtain them online at the State Court’s website.  

After the case is filed with the court, the plaintiff (person filing the claim) is responsible to serve the defendant notice of the suit and the trial date.  

Click here for complete information about small claims cases and sample forms.

Representing Yourself

People who choose to represent themselves in court are called “pro-se” or “self-represented litigants”.  A person should think carefully before deciding to represent himself or herself.  The process takes time, patience and can be confusing.  Pro-se parties are expected to know the same rules that attorneys do.

The justice court provides some resources, but court staff cannot provide legal advice.  The staff can provide general information about court rules, procedures and schedules.

The following may be helpful resources:

State Code
City of Orem Code
Utah State Court Rules
Glossary of Legal Terms

In a criminal case, a party may be eligible for a court appointed attorney.  During a court hearing the person charged with a crime (defendant) may request a court-appointed attorney (also known as public defender).  To determine if the defendant qualifies for a public defender, he/she will need to fill out an Affidavit of Indigency (financial affidavit).  This document is reviewed by the judge, and the judge determines if the defendant qualifies or not.  

If the prosecutor is not seeking jail time on the case, it is likely that the defendant’s request for a public defender will be denied.  

If the judge approves the request for a public defender, the defendant may be required at a later point in the case to pay all or at least a portion of the fee for the use of the public defender’s services.  

If a public defender is approved by the judge, the court will give the defendant information about how to contact the assigned public defender.

Typical Criminal Case Flow

Enhancement Forms

Certain charges require that a Notification of Enhancement be filled out and submitted to the court before the case can be resolved.  If you have a court date, the necessary forms will be provided to you at that time.  If your charge qualifies you to bail forfeit on the charge, which means you are not contesting the ticket and want to pay it to resolve it, please download the appropriate form below and submit it to the court.

Charges that require a Notification of Enhancement that Qualify for Bail Forfeiture
Insurance Violations (first offense)
Speeding in a School Zone
Failure to Stop for a School Bus

Ways to Submit Form:
In person or by mail at 97 E Center, Orem, Utah 84057
By fax at 801-724-3934

If you have any questions, you can contact the court at 801-724-3900 (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, excluding most state and national holidays).

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About Orem City

The City of Orem was organized in 1919 and named after Walter C. Orem, President of the Salt Lake and Utah Railroad. Orem is now the commercial and technological center for Central Utah and is one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States. Housing, educational, and employment opportunities continue to be in high demand as Orem's population approaches 91,000 residents.

The City of Orem is located on the eastern shore of Utah Lake and extends on the east to Provo and the foothills of Mount Timpanogos. It shares the general location with Provo, and its history is closely related to that of Provo. Its recent explosive development and growth have resulted in Orem's population exceeding 88,000 people, according to 2010 census figures making it the fifth-largest city in Utah.