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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 Tena Campbell
Official site

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 currently include: Chief Judge Tena Campbell, Judge Dee Benson, Judge Dale A. Kimball and Judge Ted Stewart. Judge Clark Waddoups 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 K. Winder, J. Thomas Greene and David Sam.

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 currently one vacancy in the District due to Judge Dale A. Kimball's decision to assume senior status on November 30, 2009. No replacement nomination is pending at this time.
# Title Judge Duty station Born Term of service Appointed by
Active Chief Senior
11 Chief Judge Tena Campbell Salt Lake City 1944 1995–present 2006–present Clinton
10 District Judge Dee Benson Salt Lake City 1948 1991–present 1999–2006 G.H.W. Bush
13 District Judge Ted Stewart Salt Lake City 1948 1999–present Clinton
15 District Judge Clark Waddoups Salt Lake City 1946 2008–present G.W. Bush
(n/a) (n/a)
6 Senior District Judge Bruce Sterling Jenkins Salt Lake City 1927 1978–1994 1984–1993 1994–present Carter
8 Senior District Judge John Thomas Greene, Jr. Salt Lake City 1929 1985–1997 (none) 1997–present Reagan
9 Senior District Judge David Sam Salt Lake City 1933 1985–1999 1997–1999 1999–present Reagan
12 Senior District Judge Dale A. Kimball Salt Lake City 1939 1997–2009 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 resignation
2 Johnson, Tillman DavisTillman Davis Johnson UT 1858–1953 1915[2]–1949 (none) 1949–1953 Wilson death
3 Ritter, Willis WilliamWillis William Ritter UT 1899–1978 1949[3]–1978 1954–1978 (none) Truman death
4 Christensen, Albert ShermanAlbert Sherman Christensen UT 1905–1996 1954–1971 (none) 1971–1996 Eisenhower death
5 Anderson, Aldon JuniorAldon Junior Anderson UT 1917–1996 1971–1984 1978–1984 1984–1996 Nixon death
7 Winder, David KeithDavid Keith Winder UT 1932–2009 1979–1997 1993–1997 1997–2009 Carter death
14 Cassell, Paul G.Paul G. Cassell UT 1959–present 2002–2007 (none) (none) G.W. Bush resignation


  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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