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United States District Court for the District of Utah COVID-19 Information Center

ORRIN G. HATCH COURTHOUSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) three-tier community risk model and General Order No. 22-005, masks are NOT required inside the Orrin G. Hatch Courthouse.  The court will continue to monitor the guidance of the CDC and update the public of any mask requirements, as needed.

COURTHOUSE BUILDING STATUS

  • On March 31, 2022, consistent with General Order 22-006, the District of Utah lifted many of the pandemic-related restrictions impacting in-person court operations at the Orrin G. Hatch Courthouse. 
  • The Orrin G. Hatch Courthouse is open to members of the public and media and individuals having business with the court.
  • Contact information for some building agencies can be located on the court’s website.
  • The court remains committed to performing its vital work and minimizing the risk of COVID-19 exposure at the courthouse.
  • The court is constantly monitoring the situation and will consider the number of COVID-19 infections locally, the 14-day rolling average, the COVID-19 positivity rate, and the availability of hospital beds, including ICU capacity, before modifying in-person court operations. The court will make an announcement when conditions permit further increasing or limiting in-person operations.
  • Roula's Cafe remains open from 8:00 to 2:00 p.m.
  • The Southern Region St. George Courthouse is located in space leased within the Utah State Fifth Judicial District Courthouse. That facility and its operations are controlled by the State of Utah, and Judge Nuffer is granted emergency authority to promulgate rules and procedures for Southern Region proceedings consistent with State of Utah and Washington County directives and COVID-19 conditions within the Southern Region.

CIVIL CASES

  • The court will continue to hold jury trials, prioritizing criminal cases as they can be scheduled. General Order 22-006.
  • Assigned judges retain discretion to proceed with in-person civil hearings and bench trials as necessary and appropriate in individual cases. General Order 22-006.

CRIMINAL CASES

  • Subject to the capacity of the court's Jury Administrator's office, assigned judges may set matters for trials as their calendars permit, prioritizing criminal cases as they can be scheduled. General Order 22-006.
  • Due to the court’s reduced ability to obtain an adequate spectrum of jurors and the ongoing COVID-19 threat, the period between April 1, 2022, and June 30, 2022, is excluded from speedy trial calculations. General Order 22-006.
  • Grand jury proceedings have resumed without restrictions. General Order 22-006.
  • Search warrants, other applications, and new criminal complaints should be submitted via email to utd_mj_duty@utd.uscourts.gov for Northern and Central Division cases and to utdecf_kohler@utd.uscourts.gov for Southern Region case. General Order 22-006.
  • Contact Chief Judge Shelby's courtroom deputy, Mary Jane McNamee, for direction on submitting Title III applications. General Order 22-006.
  • The attorney-client privilege is presumptively preserved for defense counsel and in-custody defendants when using electronic communication technology provided by local detention facilities. General Order 22-006.
  • CVB, Reentry, and Specialty court hearings and activities have resumed operations in a manner designated by the assigned judge for each court. General Order 22-006.
  • The court has extended the emergency provisions of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) through June 30, 2022. General Order 22-007.

JURY TRIALS

  • The Court has resumed holding in-person jury trials, prioritizing criminal cases as they can be scheduled. General Order 22-006
  • Please contact the assigned judge's chambers for additional information about a jury trial.

MEDIA AND PUBLIC ACCESS TO HEARINGS

  • Unless sealed, all hearings—even when conducted remotely—remain open to the public.
  • To obtain electronic access to a hearing, please check the case docket in PACER, the court's daily calendar, or contact the chambers of the judge conducting the hearing.
  • Persons granted electronic access to hearings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings.
  • Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court-issued media credentials, restricted access to future hearings, denial of access to future hearings, or any other sanction the court deems necessary and appropriate.

PUBLIC EVENTS

  • Requests to hold public and bar-related functions at the Orrin G. Hatch Courthouse must be sent to the Clerk of Court and approved by Chief Judge Robert Shelby. General Order 22-006. This includes meetings of the American Inns of Court, continuing education events, school tours, informational meetings, social functions, and Immigration and Naturalization ceremonies.
  • Please review the information available on the court’s website before sending a request to the Clerk of Court.
  • Questions concerning rescheduling these events should be directed to the Clerk’s Office by calling 801-524-6100. 

HOURS AND STATUS OF OPERATIONS FOR CLERK’S OFFICE AND PROBATION & PRETRIAL SERVICES

  • The Clerk's Office at the Orrin G. Hatch Courthouse remains open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays and court closures).
  • The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office is open.