Department of Administrative Services. Division Archives and Records Service Territorial criminal case files
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Dates: i 1851-1858.
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
Scope and Content
A compilation of miscellaneous documents from the earliest surviving territorial criminal cases from each of the three judicial districts was assembled (roughly in chronological order), indexed (by surname linked to page number), and microfilmed by the Utah State Archives. The dates of compilation and indexing are unknown; microfilming was done in November 1972. The compilation of documents and resulting film making up the series were linked to the First Judicial District. During the archival processing of the Third District case files (series 9802) in 1996, the paper copy of documents filed in cases originating in the Third District were restored to that series while documents originating in other districts were identified and re-filed with the appropriate record series. The paper copy of the archives-produced index and the microfilm copy of the compiled documents survive.
These case files are arranged numerically by document number. Document numbers were assigned in roughly chronological order.
Documents from individual cases were arranged in roughly chronological order and stamped with an individual document number. Consequently, the records from individual cases are not complied into case files but exist as individual documents arranged in chronological order along with the documents from other cases. In 1996, Archives staff returned the case files to their original case file arrangement in separate series according to their respective courts. See the related records field below for reference to these later record series.
Criminal case files from the District Court (Fourth District), Series 1629, include a compilation of miscellaneous documents from the earliest surviving territorial criminal cases from each of the three judicial districts.
Case files from the District Court (Third District), Series 9802, Includes the corresponding case files of the Third District Court.
Case files from the District Court (First District), Series 25011, Includes the corresponding case files of the First District Court.
This series is classified as Public: UCA 63G-2-301 (1) (f) provides that judicial records are public unless restricted by the rules of criminal or civil procedure..
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
Indexes: A typewritten surname index (linked to page number) appears at the beginning of the microfilm reel,. Other: A research guide entitled "Judicial/Court Records at the Utah State Archives" is available for patron use.