Terms Used In Utah Code 17-25a-3

  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • City: includes , depending on population, a metro township as defined in Section 10-3c-102. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • County: means a unit of local government that is a body corporate and politic and a legal subdivision of the state, with geographic boundaries as described in Section 17-50-104, and powers as provided in Part 3, County Powers. See Utah Code 17-50-101
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Process: means a writ or summons issued in the course of a judicial proceeding. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
  • Property: includes both real and personal property. See Utah Code 68-3-12.5
(a)  Constables appointed by a county or city are appointed for terms of six years and may serve more than one term if reappointed by the appointing body.

(b)  Notwithstanding the law in place at the time a constable was appointed, the term of a constable appointed on or after July 1, 2018, expires six years after the day on which the term began.


(a)  Constables serving process outside the county in which they are appointed shall contact the sheriff’s office or police department of the jurisdiction prior to serving executions or seizing any property.

(b)  A constable or deputy constable shall notify the agency of jurisdiction by contacting the sheriff’s office or police department of jurisdiction before serving a warrant of arrest.

(3)  The appointed constable may, upon approval of the appointing county or city, employ and deputize persons who are certified as special function peace officers to function as deputy constables.

(4)  If the county or city appointing body withdraws the authority of a constable, the authority of all deputy constables is also withdrawn.

(5)  If the authority of a constable or deputy constable is withdrawn, notification of the Peace Officer Standards and Training Division of the Department of Public Safety shall be made pursuant to Section 53-6-209.

Amended by Chapter 218, 2019 General Session