State v. State, 20140543–CA.

CourtCourt of Appeals of Utah
Citation336 P.3d 1073,770 Utah Adv. Rep. 18
Docket NumberNo. 20140543–CA.,20140543–CA.
PartiesSTATE of Utah, IN the Interest OF F.S.B., A Person Under Eighteen Years of Age. F.S.B., Appellant, v. State of Utah, Appellee.
Decision Date02 October 2014

336 P.3d 1073
770 Utah Adv. Rep. 18

STATE of Utah, IN the Interest OF F.S.B., A Person Under Eighteen Years of Age.
F.S.B., Appellant,
State of Utah, Appellee.

No. 20140543–CA.

Court of Appeals of Utah.

Oct. 2, 2014.

Appeal dismissed.

Roth, J., concurred in the result.

Monica Maio and William Russell, for Appellant.

Sean D. Reyes and Marian Decker, for Appellee.

Before Judges J. FREDERIC VOROS JR., STEPHEN L. ROTH, and JOHN A. PEARCE. Judge STEPHEN L. ROTH concurs in the result.


¶ 1 F.S.B., a minor, appeals from the juvenile court's order denying his motion to quash a contempt warrant. However, that order also dismissed the contempt charge and terminated the juvenile court's jurisdiction. This matter is before the court on its own motion for summary disposition on the basis that the issues raised in the appeal are moot.

¶ 2 On appeal, F.S.B. asserts that the juvenile court erred in denying his motion to quash because “the arrest warrant and supporting affidavit contained only broad and vague assertions and lacked sufficient facts to support a probable cause determination that F.S.B. had violated a court order.” F.S.B. acknowledges that this issue is technically moot because the contempt charge was dismissed. See Barnett v. Adams, 2012 UT App 6, ¶ 4, 273 P.3d 378 (stating that a case is moot if judicial relief cannot affect the rights of the litigants). However, F.S.B. argues that we should resolve the issue presented because it falls within the public interest exception to the mootness doctrine. The public interest exception “arises when the case (1) presents an issue that affects the public interest, (2) is likely to recur, and (3) because of the brief time that any one litigant is affected, is capable of evading review.” Id. ¶ 10 (citation and internal quotation marks omitted). F.S.B. fails to meet his burden in demonstrating that the public interest

[336 P.3d 1074]

exception applies to the facts of this case.

¶ 3 F.S.B. claims that under the particular facts of this case, there was insufficient evidence to support the issuance of a contempt warrant. Such inherently factual questions generally do not lend themselves to the application of the public interest exception. See Mortenson v. Turley, 2009 UT App 67, para. 5 n. 3, 2009 WL 638262 (noting that the public interest exception did not apply to a party's mooted appeal of the juvenile court's dismissal of a child protective order petition because the “factual...

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