Series 4885
Salt Lake City (Utah). Justice's Court Minute books

Dates: 1864-1890.

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

The volumes in this series have varying degrees of wear and particular preservation issues that should be noted when volumes are handled. The record books in folders 2, 3, 6, 10, 12, 13, 14 show the most damage with broken spines that have led to page and cover separation from the spine. The record book in folder 1 also appears to have suffered water damage at some point in time which has led to page warping in the latter half of the volume. Finally, the record book in folder 5 shows evidence of multiple pages having been cut out near the end of the volume.

Scope and Content

The books in this series contain minutes of proceedings in the Salt Lake City justice court. Entries are handwritten and often include information on parties involved, complaint charges, brief summaries of proceedings, and verdict or other resolution to the case. Most of the cases recorded in these journals are criminal in nature, and are generally analogous to modern day misdemeanors (including fighting, battery, disturbing the peace, larceny, burglary, drunkenness , vagrancy, etc). There are a handful of civil cases recorded throughout that provide information on lease agreements and broken contracts.


Chronological by date.

Research Note

The record book in folder 3 contains a loose document from a proceeding involving Wright V. Trumbo (dated July 05, 1882).

Related Records

Criminal court day books from Salt Lake City (Utah). Justice's Court, Series 4629, contains information on daily proceedings in the criminal court that may mirror some of the information found in this series.

Criminal docket book indexes from Salt Lake City (Utah). Justice's Court, Series 4649, contains index information for criminal docket books that may mirror case information found in this series.

Criminal docket books from Salt Lake City (Utah). Justice's Court, Series 4671, contains criminal information from the justice court that pick up after this series ends.

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 December 2011.

Indexing Terms

Container List

1 1 1864-1866
1 2 1880 Mar 29-1881 Jan 28
1 3 1881 Feb 2-May 12
1 4 1881 May 20-Jul 27
1 5 1882 Feb 22-1883 Jan 29
1 6 1883 Jan 29-Dec 4
1 7 1883 Dec 12-1884 Sep 12
1 8 1884 Sep 13-1885 Sep 3
1 9 1885 Sep 4-1886 Aug 24
1 10 1886 Aug 26-1888 Feb 23
1 11 1886 Apr 8-1887 Jan 10
1 12 1887 Jan 14-Dec 23
1 13 1887 Mar 17-1890 Mar 7
1 14 1888 Jan 3-Dec 27
1 15 1888 Feb 28-1890 Jan 16
1 16 1889 Jan 3-Sep 13

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.