United States District Court for the District of Utah

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United States District Court for the District of Utah
(D. Utah)
Utah Locator Map.PNG
LocationUnited States Courthouse
More locations
Appeals toTenth Circuit
EstablishedJuly 16, 1894
Chief JudgeDavid Nuffer
Officers of the court
U.S. AttorneyJohn W. Huber
U.S. MarshalMatthew D. Harris
U.S. Courthouse for the District of Utah

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.[1]

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,[2] Judge Robert J. Shelby who was confirmed on September 22, 2012,[3] and Judge Jill Parrish who was confirmed on May 21, 2015.[4]

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.

Current judges[edit]

# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
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
19 District Judge vacant
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[edit]

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

Former judges[edit]

# 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[5]–1949 1949–1953 Wilson death
3 Willis William Ritter UT 1899–1978 1949[6]–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[edit]

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[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "U.S. Attorneys: District of Utah". United States Department of Justice. Retrieved June 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Senate confirms new judge for Utah, Deseret News, 9/27/2008
  3. ^ "Biographical Directory of Federal Judges: Robert James Shelby".
  4. ^ Biographical Directory of Judges: Jill N. Parrish
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ 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.

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