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

COURTHOUSE BUILDING STATUS

  • General Order 20-008 establishes that the Federal Courthouse remains open and restricts access for certain courthouse visitors.
  • Under General Order 20-021, members of the public and of the bar are encouraged to come to the courthouse only as necessary for official court-related activities, including filing documents that cannot be submitted electronically.
  • Those entering the Federal Courthouse in Salt Lake City must wear a face mask in public areas, use hand sanitizer upon entering the building, and practice physical distancing at all times. General Order 20-021.
  • Contact information for building agencies is provided in the court’s Entry Protocol and on the court’s website.
  • Roula's Cafe remains open for delivery.
  • The Southern Region St. George Courthouse is located at the Utah State Fifth Judicial District Courthouse. The Southern Region Courthouse is closed to the public. Accordingly, hearings in Southern Region cases are conducted by video or telephone conference. Resumption of in-person operations at the Southern Region Courthouse will be subject to orders of this court and the state court.

CIVIL CASES

  • All civil jury trials are continued through September 1, 2020. General Order 20-021.
  • Assigned judges retain discretion to proceed with civil hearings and bench trials as necessary and appropriate in individual cases. General Order 20-021.
  • Absent exceptional circumstances, emergency matters will be conducted by telephone, video conference, or other means that do not require in-person attendance of parties, counsel, and witnesses. General Order 20-021.
  • Civil hearings, unless otherwise continued at the assigned judge's discretion, will be conducted by telephone, video conference, or other means. General Order 20-021.

CRIMINAL CASES

  • All criminal jury trials are continued through September 1, 2020. General Order 20-021.
  • Due to the court’s reduced ability to obtain an adequate spectrum of jurors, together with the various local public health restrictions, all continuances implemented by General Order 20-021 are excluded under the Speedy Trial Act through September 1, 2020.
  • Grand jury proceedings have resumed on a limited emergency basis. The court will determine on a week-to-week basis whether the Grand Jury panels may continue to  meet. General Order 20-021.
  • Between August 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020, search warrants, other applications, and new criminal complaints should be submitted via email to the chambers email box of the duty magistrate judge, Judge Bennett. General Order 20-021.
  • Title III applications should be submitted via email to Chief Judge Shelby's courtroom deputy, Mary Jane McNamee. General Order 20-021.
  • 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 20-021.
  • Various criminal hearings may proceed during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic using video and telephone conferences, under certain circumstances and with the defendant's consent. General Order 20-021.
  • Specialty court hearings and activities are suspended through September 1, 2010. At the discretion of the assigned judge, these courts may be conducted remotely in a manner that does not require in-person participation or otherwise jeopardize the health and safety of the participants and staff. General Order 20-021.
  • Central Violations Bureau calendars set between August 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020 are canceled. New hearing notices for mandatory appearances will be issued for dates after September 1, 2020, at the discretion of the assigned judge. General Order 20-021.
  • Implentation of the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" (CARES Act) provisions. General Orders 20-011, 20-020.

MEDIA AND PUBLIC ACCESS TO HEARINGS

  • Unless sealed, hearings 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

  • All public and bar-related functions scheduled to take place at the Federal Courthouse are canceled through September 1, 2020. General Order 20-021. This includes meetings of the American Inns of Court, continuing education events, school tours, informational meetings, social functions, and Immigration and Naturalization ceremonies. 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 remains open but is operating with a reduced staff.
  • Specific information about business hours is available on the court’s website.  
  • The United States Probation and Pretrial Services Office for the District of Utah is closed to the public. Persons under supervision should not report in person to the office. Instead, persons under supervision should contact the main office number at 801-535-2701. General Order 20-010.