(1)  If a defendant intends to offer evidence that the defendant is not guilty as a result of insanity or that the defendant had diminished mental capacity, or intends to offer evidence in mitigation of a criminal homicide or attempted criminal homicide offense under Subsection 76-5-205.5(2)(a), the defendant shall file and serve the prosecuting attorney with written notice of the intention to claim the defense at the time of arraignment or as soon afterward as practicable, but not less than 30 days before the trial.

Terms Used In Utah Code 77-14-4

  • Arraignment: A proceeding in which an individual who is accused of committing a crime is brought into court, told of the charges, and asked to plead guilty or not guilty.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
(2)  If the court receives notice that a defendant intends to claim that the defendant is not guilty by reason of insanity or that the defendant had diminished mental capacity, the court shall proceed in accordance with the requirements described in Section 77-16a-301.

Amended by Chapter 312, 2019 General Session