Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 24319

District Court (Third District) Civil judgment dockets

Dates: 1871-1896.

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

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

These judgment dockets function as the court clerk's tracking device for the decision rendered in each civil case. The dockets record the names of judgment debtor and creditor, and frequently the case number; a brief statement regarding the judgment including in whose favor decided and for how much; date of entry; judgment record book and page where the judgment was entered; appeals, if any; notes on the judgment of the appellate court; and notes regarding the satisfaction (payment) of judgment.

These dockets are indexed. Once the docket entry is found, the corresponding entry in the judgment record books also can be located. In addition, with the date and/or case number information in the dockets, the researcher can locate an individual case file or entries in the court minutes. A few entries at the end of the final volume were docketed by the Third District Court in and for Salt Lake County after statehood.

Arrangement

Chronological by filing date.

Research Note

These dockets are indexed. Once the docket entry is found, the corresponding entry in the judgment record books also can be located. In addition, with the date and/or case number information in the dockets, the researcher can locate an individual case file or entries in the court minutes. The territorial Third District Court included various Utah counties at different times; see the Historical Jurisdiction Chart on the Archives webpage for details. A few entries at the end of the final volume were docketed by the Third District Court in and for Salt Lake County.

Related Records

Territorial minute books from the District Court (Third District), Series 1649, contain information elaborating on the proceedings of many of the cases listed in this series.

Judgment dockets from the District Court (Third District : Salt Lake County), Series 1671, are those dockets for Salt Lake County after statehood.

Case files from the District Court (Third District), Series 9802, contain the entire case file for many of the cases mentioned in the dockets.

Judgment record books from the District Court (Third District), Series 24336, summarize the proceedings and final judgment of the action taken in these cases.

Judgment docket indexes from the District Court (Third District), Series 24337, are plaintiff surname indexes to this series.

Custody History

The bulk of the judgment records were transferred by the Salt Lake County Clerk, ex-officio district court clerk, to the State Archives February 19, 1968.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

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

Processing Note

The judgment dockets were first scheduled to be retained permanently in 1983. At that time it was decided to microfilm and destroy the originals 9 years after their creation. These records were microfilmed in December of 1993 and processed by Kenneth R. Williams as part of the Salt Lake County judgment dockets, series 1671, in January of 1994. This series was created and processed in January 2003 by A.C. Cone when the territorial films were separated and assigned to the appropriate creating territorial court.

Finding Aids

Indexes: Judgment docket indexes are available as a separate series, series 24337,.

Indexing Terms

  • Judgments—Utah.
  • Court calendars—Utah.
  • Divorce suits—Utah.

Container List

REEL DESCRIPTION
1 1871 Oct 27 - 1873 Apr 28: Docket A
1 1873 May 26 - 1878 May 23: Docket B
1 1878 May 23 - 1885 Oct 31: Docket C
1 1885 Nov 04 - 1887 Oct 11: Docket D, p. 1-90
2 1887 Oct 12 - 1891 Feb 17: Docket D, p. 90-318
2 1891 Feb 17 - 1893 Apr 22: Docket E
2 1893 Apr 24 - 1893 Dec 16: Docket F, p. 1-124
3 1893 Dec 15 - 1895 Feb 21: Docket F, p. 124-319
3 1895 Feb 21 - 1896 Jan 17: Docket G