Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 1390

District Court (Fifth District : Iron County) Minute books

Dates: 1896-1988.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Scope and Content

This series contains the minute books from the Fifth District Court in Iron County, with actions from the criminal, civil, and probate divisions appearing throughout. Minute books contain the documentation of daily proceedings of the court but are not transcripts of court cases. Business matters include court site and officers present, jury selection, judicial appointments, expense claims, as well as entries noting the day's proceedings on various cases. A typical case will span multiple dates and will include an indictment or indication of the filed complaint, procedural issues, presentation of the case, witnesses' names, the verdict, and precise sentencing or settlement.

Arrangement

Chronological by date.

Research Note

More detailed information for the Fifth District Court may be found in case files, transcripts, commitment records, and information and indictment records. Blotters provide the minutes in an abbreviated fashion. Judgment books and civil case decisions record the outcome of cases. Naturalization books show further documentation of naturalizations. For appeals to the district courts the lower court records should be checked, as should the supreme court for appeals from the district courts. Registers of action can be used to identify the specific dates for actions recorded in these minute books.

Custody History

These books were originally transferred to the State Archives from the court in 2007. They were transferred to the regional repository at Southern Utah University in November 2009.

Access Restrictions

This series is primarily classified as Public. The secondary classification is Exempt: UCA 78-30-15 (2008). As of 1 July 1999, adoptions become public after 100 years; until then they are sealed and only obtainable through the court. These books include occasional reference to adoptions..

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Gaps in Series

The whereabouts of book 2 are unknown and it is presumed lost.

Processing Note

This series was archivally processed by Jim Kichas and Emily Gurr in May 2008 as part of a NHPRC grant project designed to preserve the historic records of Utah's Fifth District Courts.

Indexing Terms

  • Crime--Utah--Iron County.
  • Criminal justice, Administration of--Utah--Iron County.
  • Actions and defenses--Utah--Iron County.

Container List

REEL VOLUME DESCRIPTION
1 A 1896-1910
2 1 1917-1922
3 3 1922-1931
4 4 1931-1941
5 5 1941-1958
6 6 1958-1970
7 7 1970-1977
8 8 1978-1983
9 9 1983-1989