SALT LAKE CITY — Utahns will be able to receive limited legal assistance at a self-help center within a court's law library under a bill passed Thursday by the Utah Senate.

SB100, sponsored by Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-Salt Lake, creates the center and would appropriate $279,300 for its operation.

Urquhart, who is an attorney, said legal services "are very expensive for people of this state. It is too expensive for most Utahns."

The center would help court patrons fill out document and offer information on court process, law and options; however, attorneys would not provide legal advice.

Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R -Tooele, said the center would not only be a boon to court patrons, it would help operations of the court if litigants have their paperwork in order in advance of appearing before judges.