Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 1407

District Court (Second District : Weber County) Minutes

Dates: i 1896-

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

Scope and Content

This series is made up of minute books which record the official acts and proceedings of the Second District Court while sitting in Ogden, Weber County, Utah. These records were created and maintained by the court clerk, who is required by state statute to keep a minute book (Utah Code Annotated, 1953, 17-20-2).

The minutes are a daily record of documents filed and actions taken with regard to every matter brought before each session of the court, largely regarding documents submitted, appearances before the court, and orders issued. A typical case spans multiple dates. Minutes are not transcripts, but do include a brief description of the hearing, including the title of case, case number, names of attorneys, date of each development in the case, record of witnesses and evidence introduced, what pleadings, petitions, or motions were made and by whom, and summaries of injunctions, rules, orders, verdicts, and judgments. Administrative details and meeting logistics (such as the court site, officers present, the selection and dismissal of jurors, and scheduling and assigning cases) are noted.

The minutes encompass criminal and civil cases, including probate matters such as estates, guardianship, and adoption. Petitions for divorce, alimony, and child support are a predominant type of civil action. Suits to recover money are also common. These actions arise out of failure to honor promissory notes or other contract terms and non-payment of rent, lease payments, and court-ordered judgments. Attempts to recover medical costs and lost income arising out of personal injury cases resulting from alleged carelessness or neglect appear frequently. These include traffic mishaps or accidents involving neighbors, employees, or business customers. Property cases include disputed ownership, damage, and contested improvements. Other legal actions include naturalization of aliens, voluntary withdrawal or dissolution of corporations, and petitions for a writ of habeas corpus (a court order requiring that a prisoner be brought before a judge to decide the legality of his detention or imprisonment). Criminal matters may involve larceny, trespass, burglary, robbery, assault, battery, rape, prostitution, sodomy, child abuse, gambling, narcotics, riot, perjury, or murder.

According to statute, the district court has jurisdiction in all matters not excepted by the state constitution and not prohibited by law. During each calendar year the court is required to hold at least three terms at the county seat of each county within the district. The county clerk in each county serves as ex-officio clerk to the court and is responsible for maintaining the minute book for actions arising in that county. While sitting in Ogden, the Second District Court is restricted to adjudication of actions involving real property located within Weber County, those in which the defendant resides in Weber County, and those involving incidents occurring in Weber County.

These minute books document the legal process and the administration of justice in conjunction with civil and criminal cases. A certificate of authenticity signed by Judge Henry Herman Rolapp attesting to accuracy of the minutes is found at back of first six volumes. The first two volumes are handwritten while subsequent volumes are typewritten.

Arrangement

Chronological by court date

With the addition of a second judge in 1911, a department designation is used to distinguish daily entries for each. A third judge (department) was added in 1951. Separate volumes are arranged in numerical order.

Related Records

Minute books from the District Court (Fourth District), Series 5062, record minutes of district court sessions conducted in Weber County during the territorial period.

Civil registers of actions from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 17661, documents the proceedings of each case.

Index to civil actions from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 26957, documents the proceedings of each case.

Criminal registers of action from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 26958, contains brief minute book entries for court proceedings on any given day.

Custody History

The Weber County Clerk serves as ex-officio clerk of Second District Court in and for Weber County. These minute books were created and maintained by the clerk of the Second District Court in Ogden, Utah, until their transfer to the Utah State Archives.

Additional Forms

This series is available on microfilm.

Access Restrictions

This series is primarily classified as Public: Public with the exception of adoptions, which are sealed for 100 years.. The secondary classification is Private: Adoptions are sealed for 100 years..

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Note

The Utah Judicial Council has determined that minutes are permanent records. Microfilming and destruction of the original records was authorized by the court clerk (RDR dated 15 February 1963 and approved March 1963). Archival processing of the minute books in the custody of the state archives (volumes 1-67 and covering the period from 7 January 1896 to 7 July 1961) was completed in April 1999 by W. Glen Fairclough, Jr. Microfilming of these volumes was completed in 2002.

Finding Aids

Other: a research guide on court records is available for patron use. Indexes: series 21933, civil case index, includes name indices to plaintiffs and defendants, covering from 1897 thru 1916, and from 456 thru 5449.

Indexing Terms

  • Citizenship--Utah--Weber County.
  • Corporate divestiture--Utah--Weber County.
  • Actions and defenses--Utah--Weber County.
  • Criminal courts--Utah--Weber County.
  • Probate records--Utah--Weber County.
  • Civil procedure--Utah--Weber County.
  • Court records--Utah--Weber County.

Container List

REEL VOLUME DESCRIPTION
1 1 1896-1897
1 2 1897-1898
2 2 1898-1899
2 3 1899-1900
3 4 1900-1902
4 5 1902-1903
5 6 1904-1905
6 7 1904-1905
7 8 1905
8 9 1906-1907
9 10 1907-1908
10 11 1908-1909
11 12 1910
12 13 1910
13 14 1910-1911
14 15 1911-1912
15 16 1912
16 17 1912-1913
17 18 1913-1914
18 19 1914
19 20 1914-1915
20 21 1915-1916
21 22 1916
22 23 1916-1917
23 24 1917-1918
24 25 1918-1919
25 26 1919
26 27 1919-1920
27 28 1920-1921
28 29 1921
29 30 1921-1922
30 31 1922-1923
31 32 1923
32 33 1923-1924
33 34 1924-1925
34 35 1926-1927
35 36 1926-1927
36 37 1928-1929
37 38 1928-1929
38 39 1930-1931
39 40 1930-1931
40 41 1931-1932
41 42 1932-1933
42 43 1933-1934
43 44 1934-1936
44 45 1937-1938
45 46 1938-1939
46 47 1939-1940
47 48 1939-1940
48 49 1940-1942
49 50 1942-1943
50 51 1943-1944
51 52 1944-1945
52 53 1945-1946
53 54 1946-1947
54 55 1948-1949
55 56 1948-1949
56 57 1950-1951
57 58 1950-1951
58 59 1951-1952
59 60 1952-1953
60 61 1953-1954
61 62 1954-1956
62 63 1956-1957
63 64 1957-1958
64 65 1958-1959
65 66 1959-1960
66 67 1960-1961