As part of immediate Past Bar President and Chair John Stewart’s desire to have the Special Committee to Improve the Delivery of Legal Services hear how other states are updating their regulation of legal practice, Utah Supreme Court Justice Deno Himonas has presented ways that state is seeking to stimulate innovation to meet consumers’ legal needs.

Speaking with the committee on July 29, Himonas talked about how the state is moving to both change its existing regulations and adopt a flexible oversight regime that will allow new ideas to be tested for efficacy in meeting legal needs.

Although that concept — called the “regulatory sandbox” — is still being set up, it has already attracted some novel ideas, including many to deal with COVID 19-related legal needs and one free program that would help Utahans with convictions address their criminal records.