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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a copy of a sealed document?
Sealed documents are not available to be viewed or downloaded. They are not available to the public, or to attorneys or parties on a case. The only way to view or obtain a copy of a sealed document is by order of the judge.
What is the Criminal Justice Act (CJA)?
Under the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. §3006A, all persons charged with federal criminal offenses who are financially unable to obtain counsel are entitled to appointment of counsel to represent them. The Office of the Federal Public Defender is appointed to represent a majority of the financially eligible defendants in federal criminal cases in Utah. The remaining eligible defendants are represented by private attorneys, appointed by the Court. These private attorneys are admitted to panels of attorneys eligible for appointment in federal criminal cases.
How do I get answers to simple legal questions?
The court staff for the District of Utah cannot provide legal advice. If you need legal advice and can afford an attorney, please consider scheduling a consult with an attorney who practices in the area of law in which you need assistance. Visit https://www.licensedlawyer.org/ to find an attorney.
If you are unable to afford an attorney, some free or low cost resources are:
- The "Tuesday Night Bar" is a weekly, which is sponsored by the Utah State Bar, is a free legal clinic held at the Utah State Bar Law & Justice Center, located at 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City. To attend, you must schedule an appointment by calling 801-297-7037. Clients are allowed 20 minutes to ask the volunteer attorney questions about their legal matters. Walk-ins will not be accommodated. Programs in Provo and Ogden are coordinated by local bar associations and other groups.
- The University of Utah’s S. J. Quinney Law College of Law provides free brief one-on-one meetings with legal volunteers to Utahns who cannot afford legal representation. Information about the services and locations is located at https://law.utah.edu/pro-bono-initiative/free-legal-clinics.
- The Access to Justice Commission has created a website to coordinate request for low and no cost legal representation. Please visit www.utahlegalhelp.org to submit a request for legal assistance.
- The Utah State Courts have identified free legal clinics across the state. Please visit https://www.utcourts.gov/howto/legalclinics/ for additional information.
What is the phone number for the state court?
In Salt Lake City, the State Court is Third District Court. They may be reached at (801) 238-7300. The Utah Court's website is: http://www.utcourts.gov
How do I obtain information regarding my traffic ticket?
Traffic tickets in Salt Lake City, not issued on federal property, are handled by the state. Traffic matters on federal property may be handled in our court. Click here for additional information regarding CVB Violations
How do I obtain information about my divorce?
Divorces are obtained through the State of Utah. The state court in Salt Lake City is Third District Court. The phone number is (801) 238-7300.
How are Judges assigned to cases?
Our cases are assigned randomly via a computerized "card deck".
How do I get a copy of the local rules?
The local rules are available for sale at the Office of the Clerk or you may download PDF or HTML version. Copies should be available at local law libraries
What do I do if I have a question about a docket entry in a specific case?
For answers to docket questions call the docket clerk assigned to that judge. The clerks and the telephone numbers are listed below.
CIVIL and CRIMINAL Cases assigned to Judge Robert J. Shelby (RJS) 801-524-6618 Cases assigned to Judge David Nuffer (DN) 801-524-6119 Cases assigned to Judge Jill N. Parrish (JNP) 801-524-6123 Cases assigned to Judge Howard C. Nielson (HCN) 801-524-6618 Cases assigned to Judge David B. Barlow (DBB) 801-524-6123 Cases assigned to Judge Bruce S. Jenkins (BSJ) 801-524-6113 Cases assigned to Judge David Sam (DS) 801-524-6124 Cases assigned to Judge Dale A. Kimball (DAK) 801-524-6110 Cases assigned to Judge Tena Campbell (TC) 801-524-6119 Cases assigned to Judge Ted Stewart (TS) 801-524-6124 Cases assigned to Judge Clark Waddoups (CW) 801-524-6123 Cases assigned to Magistrate Judge Courtroom Deputy
If you need information on a case that has been filed within the past five (5) days, please call the Intake Office at 801- 524-6100.
How do I get a certified copy of the docket?
Certified dockets are available at the standard cost of $.50 per page, plus $11 for the certification. To obtain a copy of the docket sheet, please submit a Copywork Request Form to the Clerk's office, and make sure to check the 'Certification' box.