Magistrate Judge Duty and Courtroom Rotation

This page outlines the general plan for duty and courtroom rotation.  Please consult the daily calendars for each judge posted in the building and on this web site to verify the proper courtroom.   
Current calendars:  Wells   Warner   Furse    Pead   SLC CVB Calendar               
Criminal Calendar Rotation Policy

Criminal Calendar Rotation and Courtroom Assignments

  2016 2017 2018
January Wells Pead Warner
February Pead Furse Pead
March Warner Wells Furse
April Furse Warner Wells
May Wells Pead Warner
June Pead Furse Pead
July Warner Wells Furse
August Furse Warner Wells
September Wells Pead Warner
October Warner Warner Pead
November Pead Wells Furse
December Furse Furse Wells


Additional Duty Rotation and Specific Courtroom Assignments


Judge Wells Specialized Behavioral Health Docket:
Mondays,10am -12 noon, Room TBD
Specialized Drug Docket:
Tuesdays, 10:30am to 2:00 pm, Room TBD

Civil Scheduling    
(Initial Pretrial Scheduling Conferences)
CVB Military Calendar
(Dugway, Tooele, VA Hospital)
CVB Military Calendar
CVB Resource Calendar
CVB St George CVB Glen Canyon
(Big Water)
CVB Moab, Vernal, Monticello
Furse Warner Pead Braithwaite Braithwaite Braithwaite Pead
  Dugway/Tooele- 1:30 PM

VA Med Center- 2:00 PM

9:00 AM
Optional & Mandatory Appearances held at

9:00 AM

1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Moab - TBD

Vernal -
10:30 AM

United States Courthouse
Salt Lake City, UT

Room TBD
United States Courthouse
Salt Lake City, UT

Room TBD
United States Courthouse
Salt Lake City, UT

Room TBD
United States Courthouse
Salt Lake City, UT

Room TBD
206 West Tabernacle
St. George, Utah

Room 2B
Big Water Town Hall
115 Aaron Burr
Big Water, Utah

Suite C

Grand County District Court
125 E Center St.
Moab, UT

8th District Court
920 US-40
Vernal, UT

Janaury 13 January 27 January 27 January 28 January 19    
February 10     February 25 February 22 February 16  
March 9 March 2 / 30 March 2 / 30 March 24 March 21    
April 13 April 27 April 27 April 28 April 18    
May 11 May 25 May 25 May 26 May 23 May 17 May 6 (Moab)
June 8 June 29 June 29 June 23 June 20 June 14 June 10 (Vern)
July 13 July 27 July 27 July 28 July 26 July 7 July 15 (Moab)
August 10 August 31 August 31 August 25 August 22 August 16 August 5 (Vern)
September 14 September 28 September 28 September 22 September 26 September 27 September 2 (Moab)
October 12 October 26 October 26 October 27 October 17 October 11 October 14 (Vern)
November 9 November 16 November 16 November 17 November 28 November 15  
December 14 December 14 December 14 December 15 December 19    


Criminal Calendar Rotation Policy

The following policy was established by Chief Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba in October 2004 and has been updated:

1. All new criminal matters, including new complaints, initial appearances, arraignments on indictments, grand jury proceedings, trap and trace, search warrants, seizure warrants, Rule 5 proceedings, initial appearances on supervised release and probation violations, etc., will be handled by magistrate judges on a rotation basis. This will include any evening hour/weekend needs as well.  The duty magistrate judge should be notified of any weekend or holiday arrest on misdemeanor cases.

2. Starting in 2011, rotation is on a monthly basis. The rotation schedule will start at 12:01 a.m. the first day of the month and end at 12:00 midnight on the last day of the month.

3. If a new criminal matter is to be brought, it should be presented to the magistrate judge on duty during the applicable period. For Judge Wells, call Michelle Peart at 801-524-6422; for Judge Warner, call Kirsten Mumford at 801-524-6620; for Judge Furse call Lindsey Pagel at 801-524-6180; for Judge Pead call Teri Sparrow at 801-524-6155.

4. The on-duty magistrate judge will begin hearings in the morning and continue throughout the day as needed.

5. Review of detention and/or appointment or withdrawal of counsel matters and violations of pre-trial release will be handled by the magistrate judge who handled the initial appointment of counsel or detention hearing.  Review of detention orders imposed by Magistrate Judges Alba or Nuffer will pass to the duty magistrate judge. Copies of those filings should be transmitted directly to that magistrate judge.  These documents are not automatically routed to the magistrate judge in CM/ECF.  

6. Initial appointment of counsel for indigent defendants, including initial appointment of counsel for defendants who initially retained counsel,  is handled by the duty magistrate judge.

7.  All other matters on referred criminal cases will go to the referenced magistrate judge.

8.  The magistrate judges are sharing courtrooms for some purposes.  Please consult the daily calendars posted in the building and on the court's web site to verify the proper courtroom.

Rev. 04/28/2016