If your question
is on a specific case, please put the case name and number in the
Subject line. Your e-mail should show a copy sent to all counsel.
Journalists who desire to use electronic devices in the courtroom should use this form.
Resources - FAQ, CLE, Technology, etc.
E-mail: email@example.com. Our goal is same-day response. Please include case name and number in the email subject line, and show a copy sent simultaneously to all counsel. Find lawyers' e-mail addresses at the Utah Bar or Lawyers.com or using the Mailing Info For a Case Utility in CM/ECF.
We do our best to cover the phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but may be in court. All counsel should conference together before calling the court. Our phone system cannot conference. Please help us avoid ex parte contact.
Mailing Address: 351 South West Temple, Room 10.100, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Copies of correspondence between counsel should not be sent to the court.
Our regular courtroom is 3.100 on the south end of the third floor. Be sure to check the daily court calendar because we sometimes trade courtrooms.
While the local court rule suggests that all courtesy copies should be delivered through the clerk's office, there are frequently delays in delivery of such courtesy copies. E-mail (to firstname.lastname@example.org) or direct delivery to chambers of a courtesy copy of any document filed in paper (including all sealed documents) is greatly appreciated and ensures that the we will receive the intended courtesy copy. Electronic filers under CM/ECF can be assured that chambers receives the Notice of Electronic Filing for all unsealed documents and retrieves documents filed and served in that manner within 24-48 hours of filing.
We do not accept material via fax. Please scan, OCR and email to email@example.com.
Judge Nuffer's chambers staff all read materials in electronic format, so his Suggestions for Accessible Documents (and the related PowerPoint Creating Accessible Documents) are very important. He also follows the recommendations of Bryan Garner for improved legal writing style (pdf document) by putting citations in footnotes and eliminating substantive footnotes. Also, please see Judge Nuffer's materials on Effective Legal Writing.
Judge Nuffer adopts the Short Form Discovery Motion procedure in all his cases. If such a motion is filed in a case not yet referred to a magistrate judge, the case will be referred immediately.
Some civil motions will be decided without hearing, unless they are clearly case-dispositive or there is some extraordinary deficiency in the papers submitted. At times, a request for further information will issue, with or without a notice of hearing, to ensure the record is complete. Emailed courtesy copies of sealed motion papers are greatly appreciated.
If expedited treatment of a motion is desired, counsel should secure consent of counsel to an expedited schedule or move for an expedited schedule, submitting a proposed order for expedited treatment. Orders for Expedited Treatment of Motion Sample 1 Sample 2
In CM/ECF, be sure to specify that the motion seeks to Expedite, as well as seeks the relief sought. (Control-click to select all applicable types of relief.)
Please contact the Case Manager at (801) 524-6150 regarding emergency motions. The Case Manager will often direct that all counsel join in a telephone conference at a specified time, and/or may direct that an e-mail summary be provided.
A motion to continue in a criminal case must comply with DUCrimR 12-1(h) by identifying the information needed to adequately conduct the requisite inquiry under United States v. Toombs, 574 F.3d 1262 (10th Cir. 2009). If the motion is filed by the defendant, the defendant must countersign the motion, and the motion must also include a declaration from the defendant stating that the defendant: (1) was advised by defense counsel of the reasons for seeking a continuance; (2) understands that the time requested in the extension may be excluded from any calculation of time under the Speedy Trial Act; and (3) with this understanding and knowledge, agrees to the filing of the motion.
We make every effort to track motions and attend to them when the prescribed periods of briefing have elapsed. We may, however, err in tracking time periods, so please e-mail us if you are concerned about a possible oversight. If parties agree to extend time for briefing, please notify the court. And if no response or reply memorandum will be filed, a notice to that effect is appreciated.
Judge Nuffer is usually prepared to pose specific questions to counsel at motion hearings, so counsel should not prepare for conventional argument or repeat contents of memoranda.
PowerPoint presentations are usually disfavored because they are pre-determined and linear. If a PowerPoint presentation is proposed, please bring two paper printouts of the slides for the Judge and law clerk to review and evaluate before the hearing and an electronic copy. Please bring two courtesy copies of exhibits which will be used at the hearings, one for the Judge and one for the law clerk.
Please review the suggestions in the PowerPoint document and PDF document entitled "Using Technology to Convince -- and Not Distract -- a Judge and Jury" and the PDF document "Creating the Best Transcript Possible" found on Judge Nuffer's Resources Page.
Judge Nuffer's courtroom 3.100 has a full featured evidence presentation system with audio and video conferencing. The courtroom has wireless internet access. The user name and password are available in the clerk’s office 1.100 and in the library 5.200.
The court has a Sharp Acquos PN-L702B-PKG2A portable smartboard and PC that can be scheduled for the courtroom by calling the Case Manager at (801) 524-6150.
Telephone and video hearings are available to avoid expense. Arrangements must be made well in advance by calling the Case Manager at (801) 524-6150. Please consult the suggestions for "Creating the Best Transcript Possible"; found on Judge Nuffer's Resources Page.
It is possible to join a video hearing from a PC running free software. For PC video conferences, please consider using a headset. If you are using a conference system or PC with webcam, use PDF copies of exhibits on a computer to avoid rustling paper. Exhibits in PDF format must be provided in advance to remote witnesses and to the court.
Everyone that attends hearings, including counsel, parties and general public, are welcome to bring bottled water into the courtroom. Counsel may bring coffee as well, and water is provided at counsel tables. Soda or food are not permitted in the courtroom without permission of the judge. Soda, coffee and food are permitted in the attorney meeting rooms across the hall from courtroom 3.100.
Modifications to any hearing date which are stipulated, may be requested by joint filing or e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone call with all counsel on the phone, calling the Case Manager at (801) 524-6150. Other modifications to hearing dates should be requested by motion.
Proposed orders should be submitted in a word processing format to email@example.com. The proposed order will be submitted at the time a motion is filed (when a .pdf copy of the order is attached to the motion -- see Administrative Procedures II. G.), or after a hearing on a motion after complying with DUCivR-54-1 or DUCrimR 12(f). If the order is being submitted after a hearing use these instructions to e-file a .pdf copy for the record in CM/ECF.
We prefer Microsoft Word format. Proposed orders should not be submitted to this email box in .pdf format.
If objections to the proposed order are still unresolved, the party objecting should file the objections with a copy of that party's proposed revision of the order in .pdf format, and email that party's proposed revision of the order in word processing format. All e-mails to the court must be copied to all counsel.
This Word template will result in an order in the form preferred by our chambers. The proposed order must refer to the docket entry number(s) for the motion(s) resolved, and should be in a form similar to these sample orders:
Motion to Dismiss Order
Summary Judgment Order
Orders for Expedited Treatment of Motion Sample 1 Sample 2
Order Granting Motion to Amend
Order Caption Document
E-filing Proposed Orders without Motions
If you have any problem downloading these documents, try right clicking on the link and then "Save Target as."
BY THE COURT:
United States District Judge
Criminal Trial Order Criminal Juror Questionnaire Standard Criminal Jury Instructions
Civil Jury Trial Order Civil Bench Trial Order Civil Juror Questionnaire Standard Civil Jury Instructions
Jury Selection Procedures Jury Courtroom Seating Chart
Deposition Designation Form
Closing Argument Pointers
Attorneys are encouraged to subscribe to and observe the Utah Standards of Professionalism and Civility.
Judge Nuffer's staff includes one career and three term law clerks. Please check with the Case Manager about position openings.
We welcome intern assistance at all times of the year. We have enjoyed full time or part time intern assistance. We limit intern positions to students who have completed their second year of law school. Please submit a letter, resume and writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.