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Second Judicial District Court records

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3899

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of a single minute book kept by the Second Judicial District Court of Utah between 1852 and 1855, and includes descriptions of court proceedings and naturalization records.


  • 1852-1855


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Second Judicial District Court records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical note

Following the organization of the Utah Territory in late 1850, Governor Brigham Young and the legislative assembly created the district courts on 4 October 1851. The courts were designed to be trial courts of general jurisdiction. In February 1852, the legislature further defined the district courts' jurisdiction as being original jurisdiction "both in civil and criminal cases, as well in chancery as at common law." The district court was also granted "general supervision over all inferior courts" to prevent miscarriages of justice. At the district courts' creation they were fully administered by the presiding supreme court justice and court clerk. The first judge to preside over the Second Judicial District Court was Zerubbabel Snow, with Thomas R. King of Fillmore acting as clerk of the court. Later, John F. Kinney became the Chief Justice. The second district court continued until 1896 when Utah statehood was granted, which necessitated changes in judicial organization.


1 folder (0.10 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Daryle Bartholomew, Utah County government records officer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Daryle Bartholomew.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Second Judicial District Court records
Benjamin Sipes
2011 June 13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States