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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Baker County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Case Files

1862-1988

Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the trial court administrator. Circuit court records have been inventoried through 1983. For information on more recent court records, contact the trial court administrator. Portions of these records may be restricted.

Through the years, the circuit court case files have been arranged in several ways. Case files listed under the titles of "Law" and "Equity" are commonly referred to as civil case files. Some circuit court information from 1965-1983 has also been recorded in the Baker County Records (Clerk and Recorder Official Filings).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Back Room:
Circuit Court [Case Files], drawer no. 1-234, 1862-1944 (58.50 cu.ft.);
Civil [Case Files], no. 80.001-83.449, 1980-1983 (22.50 cu.ft.);
Criminal [Case Files], no. 500-2399, 1960-1983 (36 cu.ft.);
Equity [Case Files-Civil], no. E3266-E4951, 1953-1970 (28.50 cu.ft.);
Law [Case Files-Civil], no. L2320-L2824, 1957-1963 (9 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Circuit Court Records-includes exhibits, indictments, estates, pension papers, and wills], box 40, 1870-1908 (1 cu.ft.);
Trial Transcripts [Circuit Court Transcript of Testimony-includes some exhibits-title varies], ca.1890-ca.1941 (10 cu.ft).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Lower Vault, Front Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files-Equity], drawer no. 235-734, 1862-1944 (168 cu.ft.);
Criminal [Case Files], drawer no. 1-71, 1865-1948 (24 cu.ft.); no. 1-499, 1948-1960 (5 cu.ft.);
Criminal Cases [Circuit Court Case Files], 1931-1946 (.35 cu.ft.);
Equity [Case Files-Civil], no. E1390-E3265, 1944-1953 (10 cu.ft.);
Index to Judgment Roll, vol. A, 1864-1913 (1 volume);
Judgment Roll [Case File Index], 1863-1948 (1 volume);
Law [Case Files-Civil], no. L1534-L2319, 1946-1958 (10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Clerk's Upper Vault:
Divorce Records [Oregon Health Division], 1959-1972 (.30 cu.ft.);
Equity [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-156, n.d. (4 reels of microfilm); no E2304-E3248, ca.1950-ca.1953 (34 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Records Department Office:
Criminal Index [Convictions-Circuit Court Case Files Index], 1928-1988 (1 volume);
Criminal Judgment Roll Index, vol. 1, 1865-1971 (1 volume);
Divorce Index Decrees [indexes circuit court case files and journals], 1872-1988 (1 volume);
[Divorce Index Decrees-indexes circuit court case files and journals], 1872-1988 (5 sheets of microfiche);
[Equity Files-Circuit Court Case Files], 1970-1983 (1 inch of microfiche);
[Judgment Roll Book-Circuit Court Case Files Index], vol. 1-2, ca.1862-1971 (67 sheets of microfiche);
Judgment Roll [Vault Index to Circuit Court Papers], vol. 1-2, ca.1862-1971 (2 volumes).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Trial Court Conference Room:
Law [Circuit Court Case Files], no. L2825-L4406, 1963-1979 (14 cu.ft.).

Records at the Baker County Courthouse, Second Floor Break Room:
Equity [Case Files-Civil], no. E5154-E7714, 1971-1980 (21 cu.ft.).

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