The primary purpose of the Prelitigation Section is to expedite early evaluation and settlement, or other appropriate disposition, of malpractice claims. The Section's duties and responsibilities are to provide medical malpractice prelitigation hearing panels when properly requested by a party initiating a medical malpractice action.
Hearings are held in the Heber M. Wells Building, at 160 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, UT. The Section will post room assignments on bulletin boards located on the first and fourth floor on the day of each hearing.
The Section was established in accordance with the Utah Health Care Malpractice Act, located in Utah Code Ann. (1953), as amended, and implemented by the Prelitigation Panel Review Rules located in Title R156, Chapter 78B, Utah Administrative Code.