Mission & Goals
Serving the Citizens of Murray Since 1999
It is the wish of the Murray Municipal Justice Court that you know your rights and duties. We want every person who comes here to receive fair treatment in accord with the ideals of the Court's mission statement and goals.
The mission of the Murray Municipal Justice Court is to provide the citizens of Murray, and visitors therein, an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.
These guidelines have been developed in order to meet the stated intentions of the mission statement and to promote effective and efficient Court operations. The Court will provide for:
- A safe and fulfilling work environment for Court staff
- Appropriate service to the public
- An appropriate setting for the administration of justice
- Collocation of key judicial programs
- Management of growth
- Timely delivery of judicial resources
- Uniformity of process and procedure
- Flexibility, economy, maintenance, and protection of judicial staff and resources
The judges and staff of this Court are committed to the City's mission and goals and are working to effectively deal with ordinance violations and low level criminal offenses to make our City a better place to live and work in. The Justice Court is an independent branch of government constitutionally entrusted with the fair and just resolution of disputes in order to preserve the rule of law and to protect the rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S. and the State of Utah.
By law, the Court must apply rules of procedure and evidence to each case heard. These procedures are applied uniformly, without regard to personal considerations. Each judge is sworn to enforce without favor the laws of the State and community, which are made by the people for the protection of all.
The codes in Utah define criminal offenses and set penalties. For many offenses, the penalty proscribed is a fine and/or incarceration time. The Court does not set the fine amounts, these are based on the State of Utah Uniform Fine / Bail Forfeiture Schedule.
The Murray Municipal Justice Court is not operated to produce revenue. Rather, the Court attempts to be sensitive to community issues and is willing to implement creative sentencing alternatives in keeping with an overall goal of providing restorative justice, which provides for victim restitution, victim-offender reconciliation, probation, or pleas-in-abeyance (which requires the offender to reimburse the City for case-related costs).
The Court will work to achieve the goal of increased efficiency through special treatment programs such as Domestic Violence Court and DUI Court. These programs will enable the judges, court staff, and City administration to better deal with quality of life issues. Other jurisdictions, local and around the country, have established similar courts and have seen neighborhoods cleaned up and downtown areas revitalized by the alternative sentencing programs that the Court will work with.