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

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.
  • On September 1, 2020, under General Order 20-026, the Court transitioned to Phase 1 operations consistent with the procedures outlined in General Order 20-017. Please consult the court's Resumption of Court Operations webpage for more information.
  • In Phase 1, 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. General Order 20-026.
  • 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 20-026.
  • Contact information for some building agencies can be located on the court’s website.
  • Courthouse visitors who are not permitted to enter the courthouse because they do not meet the Entry Requirements (Spanish Version) must contact the clerk's office to make alternate arrangements.
  • 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 April 1, 2021. General Order 21-001.
  • Assigned judges retain discretion to proceed with civil hearings and bench trials as necessary and appropriate in individual cases. General Order 21-001.
  • 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 21-001.
  • Civil hearings, unless otherwise continued at the assigned judge's discretion, will be conducted by telephone, video conference, or other means. General Order 21-001.

CRIMINAL CASES

  • All criminal jury trials are continued through April 1, 2021. General Order 21-001.
  • 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 21-001 are excluded under the Speedy Trial Act through April 1, 2021.
  • Grand jury proceedings have resumed on a limited emergency basis. The United States Attorney's Office is directed to continue coordinating those proceedings with Chief Magistrate Judge, Judge Dustin B. Pead. General Order 21-001.
  • Between February 1, 20210, and April 1, 2021, search warrants, other applications, and new criminal complaints should be submitted via email to the chambers email box of the duty magistrate judge. General Order 21-001.
  • Title III applications should be submitted via email to Chief Judge Shelby's courtroom deputy, Mary Jane McNamee. General Order 21-001.
  • 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 21-001.
  • "Critical" criminal hearings, consistent with Phase 1, may, in the discretion of the assigned judge, proceed in-person or remotely, consistent with the provisions of the CARES and the court's General Orders, by audio or video with the consent of the defendant. General Order 21-001.
  • Other various "non-critical" 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 Orders 20-021, 20-026, 20-029, 20-30, 21-001.
  • Specialty court hearings and activities are suspended through April 1, 2021. 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 21-001.
  • Central Violations Bureau calendars set between  February 1, 2021, and April 1, 2021, will not be held in person, absent approval from Chief Judge Shelby. These calendars may proceed electronically at the discretion of the assigned judge. General Order 21-001.
  • Implentation of the "Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act" (CARES Act) provisions. General Orders 20-011, 20-026, 20-028, 20-029, 20-30, 21-001.

Jury Trials

  • Criminal jury trials will not begin until the court reaches Phase 2 of its 4-phase reopening plan. When criminal jury trials resume, the Chief Judge will provide to the jury administrator a list of trials to be scheduled in order of priority. For additional details, please review the court’s Petit Jury Trial Plan.
  • To efficiently schedule trials, the jury office staff will obtain from the courtroom deputy (of the judge whose trial is next on the priority list) details about the length of trial, number of defendants and need for interpreters, number of prospective jurors needed, and anticipated complexity of the trial. Petit Jury Trial Plan.
  • To allow enough time for staggered courthouse entry and breaks, most jury trials will start no earlier than 9:00 a.m. and will continue until at least 4:00 p.m.
  • Personal Protective Equipment must be worn during jury trials, unless an exception applies. Petit Jury Trial Plan.
  • Detailed information about the jury selection process, steps that the court has taken to minimize risk of exposure, and courtroom layouts for Salt Lake City and St. George are contained in the Petit Jury Trial Plan.

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 April 1, 2021.General Order 21-001. 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.