According to the Utah Government Records Access and Management Act 63G-2-201, any member of the public is allowed to obtain a copy of public records. These can be obtained in several different ways.
How to Get Court Records in Utah?
You can file a request to obtain a copy of court records on your own. Most filings may be accessed electronically through PACER. This is an electronic public access system provided by the federal courts of the United States. It enables the general public to get copies of Utah court records online. PACER contains filings from district courts, bankruptcy courts and a court of appeals. Currently, there are more than 500 million case filings listed on PACER.
What types of information can you access on PACER?
Through PACER, the public has access to information such as:
- A claims registry
- All the attorneys, judges, trustees and participants in a particular case
- Summary of case information like case number, cause of action, dollar demand, nature of the suit
- Case status or judgement
- Documents filed for the particular case
- Appellate court views
- Listing of events as they occurred in court records, etc.
How much does it cost to obtain copies of Utah court records?
To order a copy of Utah court records, you must have a PACER account. If you do not, register online at http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/register.html. You may also telephone 800-676-6856 for help with registration.
A $0.10 USD charge for every page is applicable for downloading any PACER listed case information. Most case dockets have links to filed information in PDF format.
How far back can I access my records?
Case filings in the PACER system for civil cases are dated as far as July 1989. For criminal cases, the files date back to November 1992.
2.From the Clerk’s Office
a. You can visit a public access terminal at the county clerk’s office and conduct a Utah courts records search. You may print case documents and dockets from these terminals at a charge of $0.10 USD per page.
b. You may request assistance from staff at the county clerk’s office. The cost is $0.50 USD per page. To request copies for large orders of Utah State court records, the processing time varies from 3 to 5 days. It is recommended you place large orders well in advance.
3. Archived Records
All records are eventually transferred to the FRC or Federal Records Center. This is a National Archives repository. Copies of these court records can be obtained from the Clerk’s Office. The phone number is 801-524-6100.
What fees are applicable to get a copy of Utah Court Records from the FRC?
A $64 USD Record Retrieval cost is applicable for the first box of records. Additional boxes are chargeable at $39 per box. Your Utah records will be sent to the Clerk’s Office from the FRC. You may retrieve them after paying the fees. There is an additional $0.50 per page for copies of documents within the case.
You can also opt for electronic copies of small case files. These must total less than 100 pages. The files will be transferred by the FRC for a retrieval cost of $19.90. Copies can be obtained for $0.65 per page. For more information, please visit your County Clerk’s office.
All files are returned back to the FRC once your copy request is complete.
How can you make the payment?
All payments must be made in advance. These can be made via any major credit card, i.e. VISA, American Express, MasterCard or Discover Card. You can also pay using a money order, cash or check. All money orders and checks should be payable to “Clerk, U.S. District Court”.
You will be required to complete a copy work request form after making the payment. These are available at the Clerk’s office or can be downloaded from https://www.utd.uscourts.gov/sites/utd/files/reqform_1.pdf.
Please mail all forms to:
U.S. District Court
351 S. West Temple, Room 1.100
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
These can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org