AGENCY: District Court (Seventh District : San Juan County)

SERIES: 7074
TITLE: Civil case files
DATES: 1896-
ARRANGEMENT: Numerical by case number.

DESCRIPTION: These case files from the Seventh District Court in San Juan County document the legal process and the administration of justice in conjunction with a civil proceeding for the determination of a controversy between parties wherein rights are enforced or protected, or wrongs are prevented or redressed. Included are all cases which cannot legally be called "criminal cases". Records and documents pertaining to a particular action are filed together by the court clerk, who is required by the Rules of Civil Procedure to file pleadings and other legal papers. Collectively they constitute the case file.


Retain permanently


May Transfer to Archives.


These records are in Archives' permanent custody.


Paper: Retain in Office for 9 years and then microfilm.

Microfilm master: Retain in State Archives permanently.

Microfilm duplicate: Retain in Office permanently.

Microfilm duplicate: Retain in State Archives permanently with authority to weed.


Administrative Historical Legal

Disposition based on documentation about individuals, legal procedure, court history and functions. Case files have legal and administrative value to the court through dismissal or satisfaction of the final judgment. They enforce or protect private rights and prevent or redress private wrongs. The value of the judge's decrees and final judgments to parties in an action may well extend beyond their immediate administrative use.