United States District Court for the District of Utah
The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Utah represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court.
Vacancy warning level
The United States District Court for the District of Utah's vacancy warning level is currently set at green. The court currently has no vacancies.
There are seven court divisions, each covering the following counties:
The Central Division, covering Beaver, Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington and Wayne Counties
The District of Utah has original jurisdiction over cases filed within its jurisdiction. These cases can include civil and criminal matters that fall under federal law.
|Federal Court Case Load Statistics*|
|Year||Starting case load:||Cases filed:||Total cases:||Cases terminated:||Remaining cases:||Median time(Criminal)**:||Median time(Civil)**:||3 Year Civil cases#:||Vacant posts:##||Trials/Post|
|*All statistics are taken from the Official Federal Courts' Website and reflect the calendar year through September. **Time in months from filing to completion.|
#This statistic includes cases which have been appealed in higher courts. ##This is the total number of months that any all judicial posts had spent vacant that year.
The District of Utah has two separate courthouses but only the Salt Lake City division is staffed. D. Mark Jones is the official clerk of court. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, excluding Federal holidays. The official court phone number is (801) 524-6100. Please consult the chart below for more information:
|Salt Lake City Division||Frank E. Moss U.S. Courthouse|
350 South Main Street
|Ogden Division||U.S. Post Office and Courthouse
298 W. 24th St.
|Frank E. Moss U.S. Courthouse|
350 South Main Street
The following table highlights the development of judicial posts for the District of Utah:
|July 16, 1894||28 Stat. 107||1|
|February 10, 1954||68 Stat. 8||2(Temporary)|
|May 19, 1961||75 Stat. 80||2(Made Permanent)|
|October 20, 1978||92 Stat. 1629||3|
|July 10, 1984||98 Stat. 333||4|
|December 1, 1990||104 Stat. 5089||5|
For a searchable list of opinions, please see Opinions for the District of Utah.
| • FLDS property trust case Judge(s):Dee Benson|
|In 2005 the State of Utah took control of the FLDS Church’s United Effort Plan Trust because of allegations of mismanagement by sect leader Warren Jeffs. Last February, Judge Benson ruled that the State’s takeover was unconstitutional, and violated the group’s First Amendment rights to practice their religion. Benson’s decision April 8 gave back temporary control to the FLDS Church. 
His decision made it the first time since 2005 that the polygamous sect would control the $110 million trust that holds most of the land, homes, and businesses in Colorado City, Arizona and Hilldale, Utah, as well as some Canadian properties.
Third District Judge Denise Lindberg issued an order saying the state would maintain control over the trust, and ordered Bruce Wisan, the man overseeing the trust for the state, to resist the federal order. Lindberg told the federal court that returning the control back to the church would “cause irreparable harm to those who, directly or indirectly, have relied on the decisions of the state court over the nearly six years that Judge Lindberg has overseen the trust at issue.”
As a result, Judge Benson ordered Judge Lindberg to appear in his courtroom on April 15. He wanted an explanation of her decision admonishing the trust administrator of the FLDS to not comply with Benson's federal order giving the group temporary control of a property trust.Judge Lindberg refused, leading Judge Benson to threaten to use the U.S. Marshals to haul her into his courtroom.
For new stories and other related material see Utah judicial news.
- United States District Court for the District of Utah Official Website
- Judges of the District of Utah
- District of Utah Federal Court Practice blog
- Opinions for the District of Utah
- US Attorney for the District of Utah
|2.1 Active Judges|
|2.1.1 Article III judges|
|2.1.2 Pending appointments|
|2.1.3 Senior judges|
|2.2 Past judges|
|2.2.1 Former Chief judges|
|2.2.2 Former judges|
Article III judgesSee: Article III federal judge
The United States District Court for the District of Utah has 5 posts and 0 vacancies. The current Chief Judge is Brian Stewart. This is a list of the current judges on the court:
|Judge Dee Benson||1948||Sandy, UT||H.W. Bush||9/16/1991 - Present||1999 - 2006||New Seat|104 Stat. 5089||Brigham Young U., B.A., 1973||Brigham Young U. Law, J.D., 1976|
|Chief Judge Brian Stewart||1948||Logan, UT||Clinton||11/11/1999 - Present||2011 - Present||Thomas Greene||Utah State U., B.S., 1972||U. of Utah Law, J.D.|
|Judge Clark Waddoups||1946||Arco, ID||W. Bush||10/21/2008 - Present||Paul Cassell||Brigham Young U., 1970||U. of Utah Law, J.D., 1973|
|Judge David Nuffer||1952||Portland, OR||Obama||3/22/2012 - Present||Dale Kimball||Brigham Young U., 1975||Brigham Young U. Law, 1978|
|Judge Robert Shelby||March 13, 1970||Wisconsin||Obama||9/22/2012-present||Tena Campbell||Utah State U., B.A., 1944||U. of Virginia Law, J.D., 1948|
There are no current pending appointments for the United States District Court for the District of Utah.
Senior judgesSee: Federal judges on senior status
The United States District Court for the District of Utah has 4 judges on senior status currently. This is a list of the current senior judges on the court:
|Senior Judge Tena Campbell||Clinton||6/30/1995 - 1/1/2011||2006 - 2011||1/1/2011 - Present||University of Idaho, B.A., 1967||Arizona State University College of Law, J.D., 1977|
|Senior Judge Bruce Jenkins||Carter||9/22/1978 - 9/30/1994||1984 - 1993||9/30/1994 - Present||University of Utah, B.A., 1949||University of Utah College of Law, LL.B., 1952|
|Senior Judge David Sam||Reagan||10/16/1985 - 11/1/1999||1997 - 1999||11/1/1999 - Present||Brigham Young University, B.S., 1957||University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1960|
|Senior Judge Dale Kimball||Clinton||10/24/1997 - 11/30/2009||11/30/2009 - Present||Brigham Young University, B.A., 1964||University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1967|
|Magistrate judge Paul Warner||02/19/2006 - Present||Brigham Young U., B.A., 1973||Brigham Young U. Law, J.D., 1976|
|Magistrate judge Robert Braithwaite||05/07/2003 - Present||U. of Utah Law, J.D., 1976|
|Chief Magistrate judge Brooke Wells||06/04/2003 - Present||U. of Utah, B.A.||U. of Utah Law, J.D., 1977|
Former Chief judges
|David Winder||1993 - 1997|
|Willis Ritter||1954 - 1978|
|Aldon Anderson||1978 - 1984|
|Dee Benson||1999 - 2006|
|David Sam||1997 - 1999|
|Bruce Jenkins||1984 - 1993|
|Tena Campbell||2006 - 2011|
In order to qualify for the office of Chief Judge in one of the federal courts, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as Chief Judge. A vacancy in the office of Chief Judge is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The Chief Judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position. Unlike the Chief Justice of the United States, a Chief Judge returns to active service after the expiration of his or her term and does not create a vacancy on the bench by the fact of his or her promotion. See 28 U.S.C. § 45.
These rules for Chief Judges in the federal judiciary have been in effect since October 1, 1982. The office of Chief Judge was created in 1948. Until August 6, 1959, the position was filled in each federal court by the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as Chief Judge. From then until 1982 it was filled by the senior such judge who had not turned 70.
|Magistrate judges||Paul Warner • Robert Braithwaite • Brooke Wells •|
|Former Article III judges|
|Former Chief judges|