Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Series 4650

District Court (Second District : Davis County) Criminal case files

Dates: 1896-

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

Scope and Content

Case files are made up of the various documents filed with the Second District Court in Davis County pertaining to each specific case. The records usually contain information such as the case number, and the names of the defendants, counsel, jurors, and witnesses. The case file may include complaints, indictments, subpoenas, verdicts, warrants of arrest, execution or confinement, warrant returns, affidavits, orders, judgments, appeal notices. Files rarely include transcripts of testimony.

First, second, and third degree felony cases are the predominant case file type within this series (a major crime for which the maximum imprisonment is more than one year in a state correctional institution). This would include first degree offenses such as murder, rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and robbery, arson, and possession with intent to distribute drugs. Second degree offenses include: manslaughter, robbery, residential burglary, kidnapping, perjury, forgery, theft of property valued over $1,000.00, forcible sexual abuse, and intentional child abuse. Third degree felonies include: burglary of non-dwellings, theft, aggravated assault, forgery, unlawful sexual intercourse, joyriding, possession with intent to distribute marijuana or cocaine, and false or forged prescriptions.

This series also contains misdemeanor cases which are punishable by a county jail term of up to one year and/or a fine. Misdemeanors include: negligent homicide, driving under the influence, theft, assault on a police officer, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, shoplifting, trespassing, and possession of a concealed weapon.

Juvenile cases tried prior to 1907 can also be found in this series. In 1907, a separate statewide juvenile court was established allowing juvenile court jurisdiction in all matters involving children 18 years of age and younger, including parents and guardians of juvenile delinquents.

Missing cases should not be found in appellate court records since the Supreme Court is required by law [Rule 76 (d)] to remit their decision to the District Court "together with such papers transmitted to the Supreme Court on appeal." Furthermore, Rule 75 (n) states that after the appeal has been disposed of, any original papers should be returned to the custody of the district court. Cases which are appealed to the District Court from lower courts will be found in this series.


Numerical by case number.

Related Records

Minutes from the District Court (Second District : Davis County), Series 4681, contains brief minute book entries for court proceedings on any given day.

Criminal registers of actions from the District Court (Second District : Davis County), Series 26067, contain register entries and alphabetical indices which can be used to identify the case file numbers needed to access this series for criminal cases between 1926 and 1986.

Custody History

Microfilm copies of historic case files were transferred from the court to the Utah State Archives in December 2014.

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

This series was processed by Jim Kichas in January 2015.

Indexing Terms

    Container List

    1 Case Files: 3 - 362; 1890-1907
    2 Case Files: 364 - 556; 1908-1911
    1 1897-1900 3-169
    2 1900-1925 184-1361
    3 1924-1938 1317-159
    4 1938-1951 160-328
    5 1951-1956 329-499
    6 1956-1960 500-655
    7 1960-1962 666-841
    8 1962-1964 842-996
    9 1964-1966 997-1159
    10 1966-1967 1160-1334
    11 1967-1969 1335-1500
    12 1969-1970 1501-1599