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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Benton County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Case Files

1851-1984

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.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Case Files Indexes, no. 1-8457, 1851-1926 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Case Files, no. 1-11147, 1852-1937 (110 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Divorce Records, 1853-1920 (7 cu.ft.);
Search for 1853-1920 Benton County divorce case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Room 106:
Civil Files and Criminal Files [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 11148-43000, 1937-1983 (181 inches microfiche);
Indexes [Circuit Court], ca.1851-1984 (1.30 inch of microfiche).

Records at the Benton County Courthouse, Clerk's Archive Vault:
Circuit Court Case Files Security Jackets, no. 11000-26999, 1937-1972 (180 inches of microfilm jackets);
Index to Circuit Court Records Direct [Case Files-title varies], 1853-1984 (3 volumes);
Index to Circuit Court Records Indirect [Case Files-title varies], 1853-1984 (3 volumes).

Records at the Benton County Records Center:
Cir. Ct. Case File Index [Circuit Court], ca.1963-1984 (2 inches of microfilm jackets);
Circuit Court Case Files, no. 27000-43000, 1972-1983 (90 inches of microfilm jackets).

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