Series 24870
District Court (Third District) Abstract of judgment books

Dates: 1889-1896.

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These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.

Historical Note

An agency history is available.

Scope and Content

This series contains judgment abstracts filed with the territorial Third District Court. An abstract of judgment is a court document that states how much the loser of a lawsuit owes. Justice of the peace courts as well as other district courts could file an abstract of judgment with the clerk of the district court to serve as a lien upon the judgment debtor and to allow for execution in that district. The records are bound in volumes beginning with an alphabetical plaintiff index and followed by information relating to specific cases. Individual entries contain names of the plaintiff and defendant, court where judgment was issued and often the name of the judge, and the amount of judgment and prevailing party. That information is then followed by a log of the filing dates for individual documents such as the abstract of judgment, executions, or satisfactions.


Chronological by filing date.

Research Note

The territorial Third District Court had jurisdiction over many Utah counties at different times; see the Court Historical Jurisdictions chart available on the Archives webpage for details.

Related Records

Civil registers of actions from the District Court (Third District), Series 22610, function as a chronological list of documents filed and fees paid for cases which originated in the Third District.

Civil judgment dockets from the District Court (Third District), Series 24319, include the original judgments rendered in many of these cases.

Judgment record books from the District Court (Third District), Series 24336, include the original judgments rendered in many of these cases.

Custody History

This series was transferred to the Utah State Archives by the Salt Lake County Clerk, ex-officio court clerk, in 1968.

Access Restrictions

This series is classified as Public.

Preferred Citation

Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.

Processing Note

This series was initially processed in November 1993 by Kenneth R. Williams as part of the later Salt Lake County district court records. The records were filmed and the originals destroyed due to severe damage to the originals. The territorial volumes were moved to the appropriate creating court and processing completed by A. C. Cone in February 2003.

Finding Aids

Indexes: The beginning of each volume has an index alphabetical by initial letter of plaintiff surname,.

Indexing Terms

  • Attachment and garnishment—Utah.
  • Judgments—Utah—Abstracts.
  • Liens—Utah.

Container List

1 1 1889 Aug 09 - 1893 Apr 28
1 2 1893 May 05 - 1896 Jan 04

Page Last Updated October 18, 2012.