Provo, UT asked in Bankruptcy for Utah

Q: Can a Utah judge turn down a bankruptcy petition?

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Michael Sundwall
Michael Sundwall

A: There are two types of "Utah judges". There are judges that preside over matters in Utah state courts and federal judges that preside over matters in Utah's federal courts. Utah judges in Utah state courts have no authority to "turn down" or dismiss a bankruptcy petition. Utah has 4 Bankruptcy Court judges who are federal judges. A Bankruptcy judge in Utah can dismiss a bankruptcy petition for many reasons including fraud or serious abuse of the bankruptcy laws. This happens very rarely.

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