District Court (Second District : Weber County) Minutes
Dates: i 1896-
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
Scope and Content
Minute books contain court actions from the criminal, civil, and probate divisions and document the daily proceedings of the court. However, minute book entries are not transcripts of court cases. Business matters include court site and officers present, jury selection, judicial appointments, expense claims, as well as entries noting the day's proceedings on various cases. A typical case will span multiple dates and will include an indictment or indication of the filed complaint, procedural issues, presentation of the case, witnesses' names, the verdict, and precise sentencing or settlement.
Chronological by court date.
With the addition of a second judge in 1911, a department designation is used to distinguish daily entries for each. A third judge (department) was added in 1951. Separate volumes are arranged in numerical order.
Minute books from the District Court (Fourth District), Series 5062, record minutes of district court sessions conducted in Weber County during the territorial period.
Civil registers of actions from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 17661, documents the proceedings of each case.
Index to civil actions from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 26957, documents the proceedings of each case.
Criminal registers of action from the District Court (Second District : Weber County), Series 26958, contains brief minute book entries for court proceedings on any given day.
The Weber County Clerk serves as ex-officio clerk of Second District Court in and for Weber County. These minute books were created and maintained by the clerk of the Second District Court in Ogden, Utah, until their transfer to the Utah State Archives.
This series is available on microfilm.
Utah law, enacted in 1941, sealed all adoption records with the exception that they can be released upon a court order expressly permitting inspection (Laws of Utah, 1941, chapter 17, 14-1-15). This restriction has subsequently been amended (1999) to allow public access one hundred years after the date of final decree or access as provided for in a mutual consent registry (Utah Code 78-30-15, 18). The probate division's jurisdiction over adoptions preceded the enactment of these laws and therefore many adoption records were cited in record books kept by the court. Utah State Archives staff supervises access to this series in order to provide access to probate records, but not to adoption records.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
The Utah Judicial Council has determined that minutes are permanent records. Microfilming and destruction of the original records was authorized by the court clerk (RDR dated 15 February 1963 and approved March 1963). Archival processing of the minute books in the custody of the state archives (volumes 1-67 and covering the period from 7 January 1896 to 7 July 1961) was completed in April 1999 by W. Glen Fairclough, Jr. Microfilming of these volumes was completed in 2002.
Other: a research guide on court records is available for patron use. Indexes: series 21933, civil case index, includes name indices to plaintiffs and defendants, covering from 1897 thru 1916, and from 456 thru 5449.
- Citizenship--Utah--Weber County.
- Corporate divestiture--Utah--Weber County.
- Actions and defenses--Utah--Weber County.
- Criminal courts--Utah--Weber County.
- Probate records--Utah--Weber County.
- Civil procedure--Utah--Weber County.
- Court records--Utah--Weber County.
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