District Court (Third District) Criminal registers of actions
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
This series documents the individual criminal cases tried by the Third District Court. Actions taken in each case are recorded on separate documents and then filed together to become the case file. As these documents enter the case file they are recorded in the Criminal registers of Actions.
Registers function as a chronological list of the actions taken in each criminal cases. A register of actions can contain the following: attorney for plaintiff and defendant, name of the judge presiding over the case, petitions, complaint, summons, answers to summons, orders from the court, assignment of judges, exhibits, judgment, findings and conclusions, costs, decrees, requests by the attorneys for instructions to the jury, verdict, motions for cross complaints or new trials, amendments to previous answers, and disclaimers.
Matters from throughout the district (several counties) were heard in Salt Lake City. Cases from Salt Lake County are most numerous but matters from outlying Summit and Tooele counties are common. During the days of the territory, the Third Jucicial District also included Davis County. A small number of case files from this county may be included.
Numerical by case number, thereunder chronological
Researchers should consult this series to ensure finding all the actions which occurred in a case.
Territorial minute books from the District Court (Third District), Series 1649, documents the proceedings of each case.
Territorial criminal case files from the District Court (Third District), Series 6836, contains the entire case file listed in these registers.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
Gaps in Series
Registers containing cases 337-550 and 986-987 are not in archival custody.
Registers of Actions were first scheduled as permanent records in 1983. These records were microfilmed and destroyed. This series was archivally processed by David Clark in February 2000.
Indexes: At the beginning of each register is located an alphabetical index.
- Post-conviction remedies—Utah.
- Criminal justice, Administration of—Utah.
- Utah—Actions and defenses—Cases.
- Utah—Criminal courts.
Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.