United States District Court for the District of Utah
|United States District Court for the District of Utah|
|Location||United States Courthouse|
|Appeals to||Tenth Circuit|
|Established||July 16, 1894|
|Chief Judge||David Nuffer|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||John W. Huber|
|U.S. Marshal||Matthew D. Harris|
The United States District Court for the District of Utah (in case citations, D. Utah) is the Federal district court whose jurisdiction is the state of Utah. The court is based in Salt Lake City with another courtroom in Ogden.
Appeals from the District of Utah are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Utah represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current US Attorney is John W. Huber, serving since June 2015.
According to 28 U.S.C. § 133(a), the District of Utah is allowed five active district judges. These include: Chief Judge David Nuffer, Judge Clark Waddoups, who was confirmed on September 26, 2008, Judge Robert J. Shelby who was confirmed on September 22, 2012, and Judge Jill Parrish who was confirmed on May 21, 2015.
Federal judicial districts are also allowed to utilize "Senior" Judges in addition to the limit set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 133(a). Currently the active Senior Judges within the District of Utah include: Bruce S. Jenkins, David Sam, Dale A. Kimball, who assumed senior status on November 30, 2009, and Tena Campbell, who assumed senior status on January 1, 2011, Dee Benson, who assumed senior status on January 1, 2014 and Ted Stewart who assumed senior status on September 1, 2014.
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|16||Chief Judge||David Nuffer||Salt Lake City||1952||2012–present||2014–present||—||Obama|
|15||District Judge||Clark Waddoups||Salt Lake City||1946||2008–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|17||District Judge||Robert J. Shelby||Salt Lake City||1970||2012–present||—||—||Obama|
|18||District Judge||Jill Parrish||Salt Lake City||1961||2015–present||—||—||Obama|
|6||Senior Judge||Bruce Sterling Jenkins||Salt Lake City||1927||1978–1994||1984–1993||1994–present||Carter|
|9||Senior Judge||David Sam||Salt Lake City||1933||1985–1999||1997–1999||1999–present||Reagan|
|10||Senior Judge||Dee Benson||Salt Lake City||1948||1991–2014||1999–2006||2014–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|11||Senior Judge||Tena Campbell||Salt Lake City||1944||1995–2011||2006–2011||2011–present||Clinton|
|12||Senior Judge||Dale A. Kimball||Salt Lake City||1939||1997–2009||—||2009–present||Clinton|
|13||Senior Judge||Ted Stewart||Salt Lake City||1948||1999–2014||2011–2014||2014–present||Clinton|
Vacancies and pending nominations
|Seat||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|4||Ted Stewart||Senior Status||September 1, 2014||Howard C. Nielson Jr.||September 28, 2017|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||John Augustine Marshall||UT||1854–1941||1896–1915||—||—||Cleveland||resignation|
|2||Tillman Davis Johnson||UT||1858–1953||1915–1949||—||1949–1953||Wilson||death|
|3||Willis William Ritter||UT||1899–1978||1949–1978||1954–1978||—||Truman||death|
|4||Albert Sherman Christensen||UT||1905–1996||1954–1971||—||1971–1996||Eisenhower||death|
|5||Aldon Junior Anderson||UT||1917–1996||1971–1984||1978–1984||1984–1996||Nixon||death|
|7||David Keith Winder||UT||1932–2009||1979–1997||1993–1997||1997–2009||Carter||death|
|8||John Thomas Greene Jr.||UT||1929–2011||1985–1997||—||1997–2011||Reagan||death|
|14||Paul G. Cassell||UT||1959–present||2002–2007||—||—||G.W. Bush||resignation|
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, 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 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.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was 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. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.
Succession of seats
- "U.S. Attorneys: District of Utah". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
- Senate confirms new judge for Utah, Deseret News, 9/27/2008
- "Biographical Directory of Federal Judges: Robert James Shelby".
- Biographical Directory of Judges: Jill N. Parrish
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 7, 1916, confirmed by the United States Senate on January 18, 1916, and received commission on January 18, 1916.
- Recess appointment; formally nominated on January 5, 1950, confirmed by the United States Senate on June 29, 1950, and received commission on July 7, 1950.
- United States District Court for the District of Utah Official Website
- District of Utah Federal Court Practice blog