Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Dockets


Series records brief entries about the proceedings of court cases. Information includes date; plaintiff and defendant names; cause of action such as larceny, assault, divorce, or receivership; attorney names; and final disposition of the case. Circuit court records continue after 1983 under authority of the state and are maintained by the state 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:
Fee Book of the Circuit Court [and Docket], vol. A, 1854-1868 (1 volume); vol. A, 1854-1870 (1 reel of microfilm);
U.S. District Court Case Docket, 1854 (.10 cu.ft.); 1854 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Bar Docket [Circuit Court], vol. A, 1893-1899 (1 volume);
Trial Docket of Circuit Court [includes county court actions], 1880-1889 (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
Circuit Court [Dockets], no. 13835-31500, vol. 15-38, 1957-1984 (24 volumes);
Circuit Court Register [and County Court-with index], vol. A, 1879-1890 (1 volume);
Record of Trials Circuit Court, vol. 4-8, 1937-1989 (5 volumes);
Record of Trials [with index], vol. 1-2, 1894-1923 (2 volumes);
Register of Actions Circuit Court [with index], vol. 2, 1889-1897 (1 volume);
Register of Actions [with index], no. 1-14, 1897-1969 (14 volumes);
Trial Docket Criminal, 1889-1898 (1 volume);
Trial Docket Equity, vol. C, 1917-1926 (1 volume);
Trial Docket Law, vol. A, 1893-1909 (1 volume); vol. C, 1919-1925 (1 volume);
Trial Docket of the Circuit Court, 1859-1881 (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Circuit Court Old Jail Storage Room 1:
Record of Trials [with index], vol. 3, 1923-1936 (1 volume);
Trial Docket Equity, vol. A-B, 1898-1914 (2 volumes);
Trial Docket Law, vol. B, 1909-1918 (1 volume).


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