District Court (Fourth District) Criminal registers of actions
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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
This series documents the individual criminal cases tried by the Fourth District Court. Actions taken in each case are recorded on separate documents and then filed together to become the case file. As these documents enter the case file they are recorded in the Criminal Registers of Actions. Criminal cases, and their registers, were separated from civil cases in 1889. The actions recorded are for cases in the Fourth Judicial District as well as its predecessor, the Northern Division of the First Judicial District. The Fourth District Court was created in 1892 from the Northern Division of the First District Court. The far-flung First District Court was divided into two geographic divisions from 1880-1892; the Northern Division included Box Elder, Cache, Morgan, Rich, and Weber counties. Proceedings from throughout the several counties that made up the northern division typically were heard in Ogden, Weber County.
Registers function as a chronological list of the actions taken in each criminal cases. A register of actions can contain the following: attorney for plaintiff and defendant, name of the judge presiding over the case, petitions, complaint, summons, answers to summons, orders from the court, assignment of judges, exhibits, judgment, findings and conclusions, costs, decrees, requests by the attorneys for instructions to the jury, verdict, motions for cross complaints or new trials, amendments to previous answers, and disclaimers.
Numerical by case number, thereunder chronological
Researchers should consult this series to ensure finding all the actions which occurred in a case.
Criminal case files from the District Court (Fourth District), Series 1629, contain the entire case file listed in these registers.
Minute books from the District Court (Fourth District), Series 5062, document the proceedings of each case.
Criminal case indexes from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 17463, facilitate access to this series.
Civil and criminal registers of actions from the District Court (Fourth District), Series 17825, contain a listing of actions taken in criminal cases, as well as civil, prior to the start of this series.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
Registers of Actions were first scheduled as permanent records in 1983. This series was archivally processed by David Clark in September 2000.
Indexes: Series 17463, Criminal Case Indexes, 1879-1947, facilitates access to this series,.
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