Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Columbia County Records Inventory
Circuit Court Case Files
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 Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
[Circuit Court Judgment Rolls], no. 7711-7895, 1931-ca.1933 (2 cu.ft.);
Index to Judgment Rolls [Direct and Reverse], 1854-1930 (1 volume);
Journal [Judgment Roll Register], ca.1854-n.d. (1 volume);
Transcripts from Justice Court [includes some circuit court records], 1913-1917 (1 cu.ft.);
Transcripts from Other Counties [Circuit Court Transcripts of Judgment], 1930-1947 (.60 cu.ft.).
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Trial Court Old Jail Storage Room
[Judgment Rolls-Case Files], no. 1-5551, 1854-1924 (25 cu.ft.).
Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
[Circuit Court Case Files-in locked black cabinet], no. 5552-30180, 1924-1983 (339 reels of microfilm);
General Index [to mining, judgments, complaints, divorce, insane, and guardianships], 1941-1945 (1 volume);
Index to Circuit Court Case Files, 1854-1973 (2 volumes);
[Index to Circuit Court Case Files], 1973-1987 (3 volumes).