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Operations during COVID-19

There have been several significant changes in City Attorney and Justice Court operations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Most in-person court hearings have moved online; however, certain court hearings will still be conducted in the Justice Court. For additional information, contact the Justice Court at 801.483.6072 or justicecourt@southsaltlakecity.com.
  • If you are being prosecuted by the City Attorney’s Office, reach out to the prosecutors at 801.483.6068 to discuss the possibility of a potential resolution of your case.
    • If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney who can discuss your case with the prosecutor on your behalf. The prosecutors cannot discuss a case directly with a defendant who is represented by an attorney.

  • Pickup of Discovery (file-based evidence) will be handled electronically. Contact the Prosecutor's Office to make a request. 

City Attorney

Attorney with scales

As the City of South Salt Lake’s main legal counsel, the City Attorney provides legal advice to all City departments, boards, and elected officials and prosecutes misdemeanor offenses that occur within City limits. 

What We Do:

The City Attorney represents the City in all legal matters. The City Attorney’s work falls into two main Divisions, civil and criminal:

Civil Division

This division is responsible for non-criminal legal action required by the City. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Resolving legal claims against the City out-of-court
  • Representing the City in court
  • Pursuing claims by the City against other individuals or entities 
  • Keep the City updated on changes in State and Federal legislation
  • Preparing and reviewing all proposed ordinances and resolutions coming before the City Council
  • Finalizing and reviewing all contracts entered into by the City 

If you receive a Civil Citation, please refer to the back of your citation for important guidelines. Contact Ariel Andrus at 801.483.6068 or aandrus@sslc.com with any other questions pertaining to civil citation payments.

The administrative law judge:

The administrative law judge presides over all administrative hearings regarding civil citations that arise from city ordinance and code violations. To learn more about code violations, see the Code Enforcement webpage.

Criminal Division

Handcuffs and gavel

The City Attorney supervises the prosecution of misdemeanors and infractions committed within the City of South Salt Lake, as well as any appeals from convictions for those offenses.

Class A misdemeanors are generally prosecuted by the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office. The City Attorney does not prosecute felony offenses.

The City employs a full-time prosecution agency, Cowdell & Woolley PC, to assist the City Attorney in prosecution.

In order to recover its costs, the City Attorney’s office charges fees for production of discovery in both civil and criminal cases. Individuals found indigent by the Court may qualify for free discovery in their criminal proceeding. 

FAQs

Can the City Attorney represent me in my case?

No. The City Attorney only represents the City of South Salt Lake in its legal proceedings. Please refer to the Utah State Bar for individual legal counsel.

How do I file a claim?

To file a claim, please fill out our Claim Form and submit it with three (3) estimates.

How do I file an appeal?

To file an Appeal on:

A Criminal case - contact the South Salt Lake Justice Court within 30 days of your sentencing date.

A Civil Citation - refer to City Ordinance 2.22.040

What is the administrative law judge?

The administrative law judge presides over all administrative hearings regarding city ordinance or municipal code violations. Learn more about the administrative law judge in the Municipal Code.

How do I file a Small Claim?

To file a Small Claims action, refer to the South Salt Lake Justice Court for forms and guidelines. 

How do I pay for a civil citation or fee?

Please make payments online. You will need your citation number or case number to complete this transaction.

If you need to make a payment with cash, please obtain a money order or cashier’s check and mail it to the:

City Attorney’s Office
220 East Morris Avenue, Ste 200 
South Salt Lake, UT  84115

Or place it in the dropbox on the West side of City Hall. 

How do I pay for a criminal citation issued by a police officer?

Contact the South Salt Lake Justice Court to make payment.

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Related Information

City Attorney's Office

City Attorney
Hannah Vickery

Deputy City Attorney
Josh Collins

220 East Morris Ave
South Salt Lake, UT 84115

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

O 801-483-6068

Prosecutor
Cowdell & Woolley PC
O 801-483-6070

Legal Defenders
O 801-266-7414
F 801-892-5067

Fingerprinting Services

Until further notice, the SSL Justice Court will not be providing fingerprint services to the public.