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: Pead Romero Oberg Bennett Wells SLC CVB Calendar
Criminal Calendar Rotation Policy
Criminal Calendar Rotation and Courtroom Assignments
|2023 -8.400||2024 -8.400|
Additional Duty Rotation and Specific Courtroom Assignments
|Judge Oberg||Specialized Behavioral Health Docket:
Mondays,10am -12 noon, Room TBD
|Judge Romero||Specialized Drug Docket:
Mondays, 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Room TBD
|Judge Pead||Tribal Court - Vernal||Judge Bennett||
Tribal Cout - Aneth
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 Pead call Teri Sparrow at 801-524-6155, for Judge Romero call Melissa Saddler at 801-524-6422, for Judge Oberg call Lynsie Severnak at 801-524-6180, for Judge Bennett call Kirsten Mumford at 801-524-6620.
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.