Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Benton County Records Inventory

Justice Court Dockets


Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before justice of the peace courts. Dockets include defendant, plaintiff, attorney, witness, and juror names; action dates and nature of cases; judgments; and statements of costs. Actions include complaints, summonses, appearances, testimonies, bonds, judgments, pleas, fines, jail terms, marriages, and writs of attachment. Civil and criminal cases include larceny, burglary, recovering money or personal property, trespassing, hunting out of season, and illegal voting. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Justice Court Order Book [District no. 20], 1921-1929 (1 volume).

Records at the Benton County Historical Museum:
Docket Justice Court Precinct # 2 [Benton County Transfer 2006 Records], 1874-1880 (1 volume);
Justice Court Journal [District 10, Philomath-Benton County Transfer 2006 Records], 1896-1916 (1 volume);
Justice Court Kings Valley [Record-Benton County Transfer 2006 Records], 1894-1916 (1 volume);
Justice Court Philomath [Benton County Transfer 2006 Records], 1872-1900 (1 volume); 1889-1895 (1 volume);
Small Claims Docket [Justice Court-Benton County Transfer 2006 Records], 1922-1948 (1 volume).


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