United States District Court for the District of Utah

United States District Court for the District of Utah
(D. Utah)
Utah Locator Map.PNG
Appeals to Tenth Circuit
Established July 16, 1894
Judges assigned 5
Chief judge Ted Stewart
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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.

According to 28 U.S.C. § 133(a), the District of Utah is allowed five active district judges. These include: Chief Judge Ted Stewart, Judge Dee Benson and Judge Clark Waddoups, who was confirmed on September 26, 2008.[1]

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.

The magistrate judges at the Salt Lake City courthouse include Samuel Alba, David Nuffer, Paul M. Warner, and Brooke C. Wells. Robert Braithwaite is a part-time magistrate judge in St. George, Utah.


Current judges

  • There is a vacancy in the District due to Judge Dale A. Kimball's decision to assume senior status on November 30, 2009. On June 29, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated magistrate judge David Nuffer to fill the vacancy, which is currently pending before the Senate.
  • There is a second vacancy in the District due to Judge Tena Campbell's decision to assume senior status on January 1, 2011. No replacement nomination is pending at this time.
# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
13 Chief Judge Ted Stewart Salt Lake City 1948 1999–present 2011-present Clinton
10 District Judge Dee Benson Salt Lake City 1948 1991–present 1999–2006 G.H.W. Bush
15 District Judge Clark Waddoups Salt Lake City 1946 2008–present G.W. Bush
District Judge (vacant) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
District Judge (vacant) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a) (n/a)
6 Senior District Judge Bruce Sterling Jenkins Salt Lake City 1927 1978–1994 1984–1993 1994–present Carter
9 Senior District Judge David Sam Salt Lake City 1933 1985–1999 1997–1999 1999–present Reagan
11 Senior District Judge Tena Campbell Salt Lake City 1944 1995–2011 2006–2011 2011-present Clinton
12 Senior District Judge Dale A. Kimball Salt Lake City 1939 1997–2009 (none) 2009–present Clinton

Former Judges

# Judge State Born/Died Active service Term as Chief Judge Senior status Appointed by Reason for
1 Marshall, John AugustineJohn Augustine Marshall UT 1854–1941 1896–1915 (none) (none) Cleveland, Cleveland resignation
2 Johnson, Tillman DavisTillman Davis Johnson UT 1858–1953 1915[2]–1949 (none) 1949–1953 Wilson, Wilson death
3 Ritter, Willis WilliamWillis William Ritter UT 1899–1978 1949[3]–1978 1954–1978 (none) Truman, Truman death
4 Christensen, Albert ShermanAlbert Sherman Christensen UT 1905–1996 1954–1971 (none) 1971–1996 Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
5 Anderson, Aldon JuniorAldon Junior Anderson UT 1917–1996 1971–1984 1978–1984 1984–1996 Nixon, Nixon death
7 Winder, David KeithDavid Keith Winder UT 1932–2009 1979–1997 1993–1997 1997–2009 Carter, Carter death
8 Greene, Jr., John ThomasJohn Thomas Greene, Jr. UT 1929-2011 1985–1997 (none) 1997–2011 Reagan, Reagan death
14 Cassell, Paul G.Paul G. Cassell UT 1959–present 2002–2007 (none) (none) Bush, G.W.G.W. Bush resignation

See also


  1. ^ Senate confirms new judge for Utah, Deseret News, 9/27/2008
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ 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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