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August 31, 2012

Law Library Closed on Labor Day

Labor_Day.jpgThis Monday, September 3 is Labor Day. The Utah State Law Library and all Utah State Courts offices will be closed in observance of the holiday.

More information about the holiday can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor's History of Labor Day page. To learn some interesting statistics on U.S. labor, see the U.S. Census Bureau's Facts for Features on Labor Day.

August 29, 2012

Utah Trial Journal App available

UtahTrialJournalapp.PNGA few months we blogged about the availability of the Utah Bar Journal on your mobile device. You can also download an app for the Utah Trial Journal. The Utah Trial Journal is a quarterly publication of the Utah Association for Justice, an association of trial attorneys in Utah . Each issue features articles about litigation techniques, advocacy, and summaries of cases related to product liability, workers' compensation, health care, and other issues relating to individual rights.

If you don't have a mobile device, you can read the Utah Trial Journal by visiting the law library.

August 27, 2012

Wireless Password: alloy

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of August 27, 2012 is alloy.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

August 21, 2012

Driver License Emergency Contact Database

caraccident.jpgThe Utah legislature passed HB21 this year which created a database that allows any Utah driver license, learners permit, or identification card holder to register with the Driver License Emergency Contact Database. The law, enacted as Utah Code §53-3-205.6, became effective on July 1, 2012, and allows a law enforcement agent to notify emergency contacts in the event of a car accident or other emergency in which a person becomes unconscious or unable to communicate.

If you are interested in signing up for this service, you will be asked to provide your last name, driver license number and issue date, and the last four digits of your social security number.

August 20, 2012

Wireless Password: bacon

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of August 20, 2012 is bacon.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

August 16, 2012

New Utah Judges Confirmed

ct mtns.jpgThe Utah Senate convened yesterday, August 15th, at 1:30 in an Extraordinary Session to vote on Governor Herbert's two recent judicial appointments to Utah's Third District Court. Both Su J. Chon and James T. Blanch were confirmed as new judges to the Third District Court. You can listen to the confirmation hearing on the state legislature's website.

To learn more about the judicial selection process, visit the Utah State Courts' website on Judge Selection and Evaluation.

August 15, 2012

New Court of Appeals Briefs

The library has received 22 Court of Appeals briefs. The docket numbers range from 20090852 to 20110790 (list not inclusive).

If you're looking for a specific brief, contact the library by phone (801-238-7990) or email to make sure we have it. If you can't come in to make copies yourself, we offer a document delivery service for 25¢ per page and will scan the briefs and email them to you.

August 13, 2012

Wireless Password: aloof

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of August 13, 2012 is aloof.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

August 09, 2012

Territorial Court Case Index available online

courtcaseindex.jpgThe Utah State Archives has recently digitized a court case index for Third District Court filings from the state's territorial period. The alphabetical index includes the names of plaintiffs and defendants for civil cases from 1871 to 1896 and for criminal cases from 1871-1882. The index can be searched or browsed. When on a page, there are zoom options or you can download or print the page.

This new resource joins several other name indexes available from the Utah State Archives, including historic civil and probate cases from several Utah counties and other government records.

August 06, 2012

New Court of Appeals Briefs

The library has received 33 Court of Appeals briefs. The docket numbers range from 20090264 to 20110367 (list not inclusive).

If you're looking for a specific brief, contact the library by phone (801-238-7990) or email to make sure we have it. If you can't come in to make copies yourself, we offer a document delivery service for 25¢ per page and will scan the briefs and email them to you.

Wireless Password: uncle

keyboard.JPGThe wireless password for the week of August 6, 2012 is uncle.

More information about wireless access in Utah's courthouses.

August 02, 2012

Law Journals Online

Cover_icon.gifLooking for an older Utah Law Review or BYU Law Review article for your legal research? You can visit the law library to browse our print law journal collection or use HeinOnline, a legal database that allows you to view and search over 1,000 law journal titles, including titles from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.

If you can't make it to the law library in person, there are several ways online to access full text law journals published by both universities:

  1. The University of Utah's E-Publications database provides access to the current and prior issues (back to 2007) of Utah law journals.
  2. The J. Willard Marriott Library's Digital Publications database provides access to all prior issues of Utah law journals. You can search for articles using keywords and phrases. Or, try the advance search feature and search using the title field to locate all issues of a law journal.
  3. BYU's Publications Page provides links to law journals along with full text access to current and all prior issues of each title.