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Judge Robert J. Shelby

Practices & Procedures

I. Contact Information:

A. Email:

B. Telephone:

  • Telephone calls to chambers regarding scheduling and procedural matters are permitted.
  • For case scheduling, please call the case manager at (801) 524-6790 or by email at
  • Hearings may be requested by written motion or by calling the case manager at (801) 524-6790 or by email at
  • TRO Hearings will not be set prior to the filing and review of the Motion for a TRO. Absent extraordinary circumstances, Judge Shelby will not set a TRO hearing without allowing a brief opportunity for the opposing party or counsel to respond. If you seek a hearing without time for opposing counsel to respond, please include the reason in your written motion. The requirements for obtaining an ex parte TRO are set forth in Rule 65(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
    • For procedural questions please call the law clerk assigned to the case:
      Case Assignments
      Law Clerk Cases ending with: Phone No.
      Anneliese Booher 0, out of district cases (801)524-6791
      Benjamin Smith 1, 2, 3 (801)524-6792
      Halle Edwards 4, 5, 6 (801)524-6793
      Alexandra Butler 7, 8, 9 (801)524-6794
  • For questions regarding sentencings and changes of plea, contact the case manager at (801) 524-6790.

C. Mail:

  • Mailing Address: Judge Robert J. Shelby, 351 S. West Temple, Room 10.100, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Copies of correspondence between counsel shall not be sent to the court.

D. Courtroom:

  • Our hearings are usually held in Courtroom 3.100, on the 3rd floor. Parties are advised to check the daily court calendar to verify which courtroom we are using.

II. Hearings:

A. Changing Hearing Dates:

  • Modifications to any hearing date should be stipulated, and requested by joint filing or email to Counsel may also request a modification by phone call to the case manager at (801) 524-6790 provided all counsel are on the call.

B. Courtesy Copies:

  • Paper copies of all dispositive motions, memoranda, responses, and exhibits should be delivered directly to chambers at the time the document is filed.

III. Proposed Orders

  • Proposed orders should be submitted at the time a motion is filed. All proposed orders must be submitted in a word processing editable format (either WordPerfect or Microsoft Word). The proposed order should be emailed to If objections to the order are still unresolved, the party objecting should email the objections and that party's proposed revision of the order. All emails must be copied to all counsel. Proposed orders must refer to the docket entry number(s) for the motion(s) resolved.
  • Proposed orders should include the following signature line:


    United States District Judge

  • For further information, see CM/ECF Administrative Procedures II.G.

IV. Trial Procedures and Practices

A. Trial Order:

B. Voir Dire:

  • The court utilizes the following standard voir dire:

    Standard Civil Voir Dire (word)

    Standard Criminal Voir Dire (word)

  • The Trial Order describes the procedure and timing for submitting additional proposed voir dire. Jury questionnaires are generally disfavored.

C. Jury Instructions:

D. Courtroom Equipment

  • Information about the availability of courtroom equipment may be obtained by calling our case manager at (801) 524-6790. Parties are encouraged to coordinate the use of any electronic media in advance of the trial setting.

E. Courtroom Practices

V. Page Limitations

Page limitations for motions and memoranda are set forth in the Local Rules. In accordance with the Local Rules, the court will approve requests for overlength motions and memoranda only for good cause and a showing of exceptional circumstances. Any party seeking to file an overlength motion or memorandum must obtain leave of the court prior to filing the overlength motion or memorandum. As a matter of general practice, the court will strike any overlength motion or memorandum not previously authorized by the court.

Last Updated: 10/01/2021