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Hours of Operation

The Office of the Clerk is open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m (Mountain Time) Monday through Friday.

Holidays


The following are holidays on which the court will be closed:

Calling the Court

Call us at (801) 524-6100 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except government holidays. If you have trouble getting through, dial (801) 524-6111 for the automated receptionist. CM/ECF Help Desk call (801) 524-6851.

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Court Divisions

District of Utah Map (by county)

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Central

Court Locations

All court records are maintained at the headquarters location, the United States Courthouse. The courthouse is located at 351 South West Temple at the corner of Fourth South and West Temple in downtown Salt Lake City. All district judges have chambers and courtrooms in Salt Lake City.


Map to the United States Courthouse

Click on the link to get driving directions, or print the map
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Number of Judges

The court's complement of judicial officers includes five active district court judges, four senior district judges, four full-time magistrate judges, and one part-time magistrate judge.

Court Caseload

Magistrate Judge Authority

Magistrate judges hear civil matters pursuant to an order of reference entered in the case by the assigned district court judge. Magistrate judges hear preliminary matters in felony criminal cases pursuant to a general order of reference and independent statutory authority. Magistrate judges have the authority to hear misdemeanor cases and civil cases upon consent of the parties.

Bankruptcy Court

The United States Bankruptcy Court is an adjunct to the district court. Its jurisdiction is based upon statute, and matters are referred to it by a general order of reference issued by the district court judges. The reference can be withdrawn in a specific case, upon motion before the district court. Decisions of the bankruptcy court can be appealed to the district court or to the bankruptcy appellate panel.

There are three bankruptcy court judges and a separate clerk's office for the bankruptcy court. The bankruptcy court is housed at the Frank E. Moss Courthouse on the third floor.

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Appeals Court

Final decisions of the district court are appealable to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado. There is also a specialized United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. which hears certain types of appeals involving patents and copyrights. Approximately 190 cases were appealed last year to the Tenth Circuit.

Procedural Rules

Practice is governed by the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure. Bankruptcy proceedings are governed by the Federal Bankruptcy Rules. The District of Utah's Local Rules of Practice supplement the federal rules. Printed copies are available from the clerk for a modest fee or you may download them from this website.

Civil and Criminal Case Dockets

The dockets for all civil cases filed after July 1989 and for all criminal cases opened during or after November 1992 are maintained electronically. The dockets for these cases may be viewed on computers located in the lobby of the clerk's office or through a remote electronic access service maintained by the clerk's office and referred to as "PACER." Dockets for most civil cases filed prior to July 1989 and for most criminal cases filed prior to November 1992 are maintained and available on paper.

Some cases were entered into the electonic docket system in summary or skeleton version during the transition from manual to automated docketing. This means that only significant entries were entered to provide an outline of the major events that transpired in the case up to the time that case was converted from manual to automated mode. All subsquent docket entries are on the automated system.

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U.S. Courts Law Library

The Law Library is located in room 5.200 of the United States Courthouse. The phone number is (801)535-4220. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays.

The library maintains a small collection of over 15,000 volumes. The materials include the Pacific Reporter, the state codes of all six states in the 10th Circuit (Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming), all the Federal Reporters except Court of Claims, Military Justice and the Federal and Pacific Digests. We have the Restatements of the Law, Uniform Laws Annotated, C.J.S. and AmJur2d. The main focus of the collection is on materials relating to federal law. The collection's strengths are in the areas of bankruptcy, civil rights, labor law, federal procedure, criminal law, and jury instructions.

Access

The library maintains a collection of reference books and materials for use by the judges, judicial and court staff, the bar and the public. Access to the library is available to the bar and the public when a library staff member is present between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

Library materials do not circulate to the bar and the general public.

Copying

The library has a copy machine for public use. Patrons may make up to 50 copies at no charge.

Catalog

There is a union catalog for the libraries of the 10th Circuit. There is a computer terminal with the catalog located in the treatise area on top of the old card catalog. Please ask a library staff member for assistance.

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