Not all requests for information can be granted. In all cases, you should receive a response to your official request within 10 working days. Records that are generally available to the public include, but are not limited to:
- An adult defendant's name, age, description, town of residence, and similar background information. (Juvenile information is not generally released unless the juvenile is certified as an adult by a state judge.)
- Some arrest information including arrest photos and the text and source of the charges related to the arrest, arraignment dates, and bond amounts. (All defendants are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)
- Initial incident reports may also be made available as long as the information does not compromise an ongoing investigation or cause undue hardship to the victim.
There is some information that we can not release. Generally, this information concerns a person's civil rights such as their right to privacy, protection and safety, and their right to a fair trial. If you are denied some or all of what you have requested of us we will give you a reason for the denial. As such, the types of reports or information that we generally don't release include, but are not limited to:
- A defendant's prior criminal arrest or conviction records
- A defendant's street address and the identity of family members
- Confessions, alibis, and other defendant statements or whether he/she made such statements
- Witness identities and statements
- Detailed descriptions of evidence
- Opinions or other statements as to the character, reputation, or guilt of the accused
- The results of any tests, procedures, or examinations regarding the accused or whether the accused submitted to any of these procedures
- Detailed information regarding the victim or the victim's family
Our policies and procedures for the collection, compilation, storage, and dissemination of official records and information are in compliance with state laws found in Title 63G, Chapter 2 of the Utah Code Annotated. This set of laws is known as the Government Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA). These laws identify those records that are accessible to the public, those that are confidential, and those that are sensitive. There are also guidelines and recommendations regarding the handling of those records. Review the GRAMA code at the Utah State Legislature Website.