Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ category

Possible U.S. Attorney’s Office in Southern Utah

May 8, 2007

Rep. Jim Matheson has requested funding for a U.S. Attorney’s Office in St. George.

According to the written request, “The District of Utah is the country’s largest geographic district without a satellite U.S. attorney’s office.”


Funding for new federal courthouse

March 15, 2007

The Salt Lake  Tribune reports that sufficient funds have been appropriated to build a new federal courthouse in Salt Lake City. The new 330,000 sq. ft. courthouse building will sit west of the Frank E. Moss U.S. Courthouse, which is at 350 S. Main St.

To footnote or not to footnote, that is the question

September 7, 2006

Reading Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells’ latest opinion reminds me of a continuing debate between comentators, authors and judges regarding the writing style of judicial opinions.

There seems to be a growing trend for some judges to put citations in footnotes and to generally abstain from using substantive footnotes.  This argument is advocated by leading author Bryan Garner, as summarized by this article. (By the way, Garner’s lectures and seminars are outstanding if you ever have the chance to attend).

Judge Richard A. Posner, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, opposes this style, as outlined in this article

Magistrate Judge Wells clearly prefers placing citations in footnotes.

Chief Justice Roberts

September 7, 2006

This has little, if nothing, to do with the District of Utah. However, there are questions (if Chief Justice Roberts actually explained this concept to his son) as to whether there is any precedential value.

“Let me explain the government to you. There’s God, then there’s the president and then there’s my father.”

— Jack Roberts, 6-year-old son of Chief Justice John Roberts, overheard speaking to one of his young peers on the last day of summer camp.


August 2, 2006

According to 28 USC 133(a), the District of Utah is allowed five active district judges. These currently include: Chief Judge Dee Benson, Judge Tena Campbell, Judge Dale A. Kimball, Judge Ted Stewart, and Judge Paul G. Cassell.

Federal judicial districts are also allowed to utilize “Senior” Judges in addition to the limit set forth in 28 USC 133(a). Currently, the active Senior Judges within the District of Utah include: Senior Judge Bruce S. Jenkins, Senior Judge David K. Winder, Senior Judge J. Thomas Greene and Senior Judge David Sam. The magistrates include Magistrate Judge Samuel Alba, Magistrate Judge David Nuffer, Magistrate Judge Paul M. Warner and Magistrate Judge Brooke C. Wells


August 1, 2006

This is a weblog devoted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. I will be posting items I find interesting and/or helpful to those practicing in the District of Utah.

The District of Utah constitutes one judicial district comprising two divisions (Northern and Central). The Northern Division comprises the counties of Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Morgan, Rich, and Weber. Court for the Northern Division is held at Salt Lake City and Ogden.

The Central Division comprises the counties of Beaver, Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, and Wayne. Court for the Central Division is held at Salt Lake City, Provo, and St. George.