Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Journals


Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). 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 Index [to Circuit Court Journals vol. V-Y], vol. 3, n.d. ( volume);
Circuit Court Journal, vol. B-C, 1878-1893 (2 volumes).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 30-33, 1955-1958 (4 volumes);
Circuit Court [Journal-in locked circuit court black cabinet], vol. 33-44, 1958-1967 (18 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Journal-in locked circuit court black cabinet], vol. 44-95, 1967-1982 (48 inches of aperture cards);
Daily Work [Circuit Court Journal-filmed daily with other county and court records], ca.1967-ca.1983 (ca.170 reels of microfilm);
Index Circuit Court Journal [Direct and Reverse], vol. 1-2, 1854-n.d. (2 volumes);
Record Circuit Court, vol. A, 1854-1878 (1 volume).


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