Utah Department of Administrative Services

Division of Archives & Records Service

Utah District Court Historical Jurisdictions

Jurisdiction refers to both the power and authority to hear and decide cases, and the territory in which the court may exercise such power. It is important to know and understand the correct jurisdiction when searching for court records. The chart below compiles historical jurisdiction information for all counties, including those now extinct, in Utah from the territorial period to the present.

Related guides: Adoptions, District Court Records, Criminal Cases, Divorces, Naturalizations, and Probate Records.

Contact information for court clerks and offices is available from the Utah State Courts Directory.

Counties 1st District 2nd District 3rd District Other Districts
Beaver

1859 21 Jan - 1862 16 Jan

1856 17 Jan - 1859 20 Jan

1862 17 Jan - 1896 05 Jan
1896 06 Jan - present
Box Elder

1856 17 Jan - 1859 20 Jan

1880 20 Feb - 1892 09 Mar
Northern Division

1896 06 Jan - present

  1859 21 Jan - 1880 19 Feb 1892 10 Mar - 1896 05 Jan
Cache 1856 17 Jan - 1859 20 Jan

1880 20 Feb - 1892 09 Mar
Northern Division

1896 06 Jan - present
   1859 21 Jan - 1880 19 Feb 4 1892 10 Mar - 1896 05 Jan
Carbon 1894 08 Mar - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
    1896 06 Jan- present
Daggett   1917 16 Nov - 1919 12 Mar 1919 13 Mar - 1969 13 Mar 1969 14 Mar - 1988 24 Apr

1988 25 Apr - present
Davis 1851 04 Oct - 1859 20 Jan 1851 08 Aug - 1851 03 Oct

1896 06 Jan - present
1859 21 Jan - 1896 05 Jan  
Duchesne       1914 13 Aug - 1988 24 Apr

1988 25 Apr - present
Emery 1880 12 Feb - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
    1896 06 Jan - present
Garfield   1892 09 Mar - 1896 05 Jan   1896 06 Jan - 1982 15 Feb

1982 16 Feb - present
Grand 1890 13 Mar - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
    1896 06 Jan - present
Iron 1859 21 Jan - 1862 16 Jan 1855 19 Jan - 1859 20 Jan

1862 17 Jan - 1896 05 Jan
1851 08 Aug - 1855 18 Jan 1896 06 Jan - present
Juab 1859 21 Jan - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
1854 13 Jan - 1859 20 Jan   1896 06 Jan - 1976 09 Feb

1976 10 Feb - present
Kane   1865 27 Dec - 1896 05 Jan   1896 06 Jan - present
Millard 1859 21 Jan - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
1851 04 Oct - 1859 20 Jan   1896 06 Jan - 1982 15 Feb

1982 16 Feb - present
Morgan 1880 20 Jan - 1892 09 Mar
Northern Division
1896 06 Jan - present 1862 17 Jan - 1880 19 Jan 1892 10 Marc- 1896 05 Jan
Piute 1865 27 Jan - 1874 11 Feb 1874 12 Feb - 1896 05 Jan   1896 06 Jan - present
Rich 1880 20 Jan - 1892 09 Mar

1896 06 Jan - present
  1868 29 Jan - 1880 19 Jan 1892 10 Mar - 1896 05 Jan
Salt Lake 1851 08 Jan - 1856 16 Jan    1856 17 Jan - present  
San Juan 1892 10 Mar - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
1880 17 Feb - 1892 09 Mar   1896 06 Jan - present
Sanpete 1859 21 Jan - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
1851 04 Oct - 1859 20 Jan 1851 08 Aug - 1851 03 Oct 1896 06 Jan - 1969 13 Mar

1969 14 Mar- present
Sevier 1865 27 Dec - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
    1896 06 Jan - present
Summit 1855 19 Jan - 1859 20 Jan   1859 21 Jan - 1969 13 Mar

1975 21 Mar - present
1969 14 Mar - 1975 20 Mar
Tooele 1851 08 Jan - 1856 16 Jan   1856 17 Jan - present  
Uintah 1880 18 Feb - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
    1896 06 Jan - 1988 25 Apr

1988 25 Apr - present
Utah 1851 04 Oct - 1856 16 Jan

1859 21 Jan - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
1856 17 Jan - 1859 20 Jan 1851 08 Jan - 1851 03 Oct 1896 06 Jan - present
Wasatch 1862 17 Jan - 1896 05 Jan
Southern Division
    1896 06 Jan - present
Washington 1859 21 Jan - 1862 16 Jan 1855 19 Jan - 1859 20 Jan

1862 17 Jan - 1896 05 Jan
  1896 06 Jan - present
Wayne   1892 10 Mar - 1896 05 Jan   1896 06 Jan - present
Weber 1851 04 Oct - 1859 20 Jan

1880 20 Feb - 1892 09 Mar
Northern Division
1851 08 Aug - 1851 03 Oct

1896 06 Jan - present
1859 21 Jan - 1880 19 Jan 1892 10 Mar - 1896 05 Jan

Extinct Counties

County 1st District 2nd District 3rd District
Carson   1/21/1859 - c. 1861 1/19/1855 -1/20/1859
Cedar 1/21/1859 - c. 1862 1/17/1856 - 1/20/1859  
Desert 1/19/1855 - 1/20/1859   1/21/1859 - ?
Greasewood 1/17/1856 - 1/20/1859   1/21/1859 - ?
Green River 1/19/1855 - 1/20/1859   1/21/1859 - ?
Humboldt   1/21/1859 - ? 1/17/1856 - 1/20/1859
Malad 1/17/1856 - 1/20/1859   1/21/1859 - ?
Richland     12/27/1865 - ?
Rio Virgin   2/18/1869  
St. Mary   1/21/1859 - ? 1/17/1856 - 1/20/1859
Shambip     1/17/1856 - ?

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Sources: Cornell Law School, "Jurisdiction," http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/Jurisdiction