Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Columbia 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 Columbia County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
[Deer Island District Justice Court Docket], 1857-1894 (1 volume);
Docket M.J. Barrett Justices, vol. A, 1931-1932 (1 volume);
[Justice Court Docket-Small Claims-with index], 1933-1939 (1 volume);
Justice Docket Civil [Beaver Falls Precinct], 1909-1911 (1 volume);
Justice Docket Criminal [Beaver Falls Precinct-only two entries], 1913 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Deer Island Precinct-with index], 1895-1896 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [District No. 1-St. Helens], vol. 1-5, 1911-1923 (5 volumes); vol. 9, 1925 (1 volume); vol. 11-23, 1925-1937 (13 volumes); vol. 25-26, 1939-1940 (2 volumes);
Justice Docket [District No. 3-with index], 1922-1933 (2 volumes);
Justice Docket [District No. 4], 1928-1929, 1932-1941 (3 volumes);
Justice Docket Small Claims [District No. 6-with index], 1939-1941 (1 volume);
[Justice Docket-Union Precinct], 1888-1911 (2 volumes);
Justice Docket [Warren District No. 6-title varies], vol. A-E, 1902-1943 (7 volumes);
Record [Justice Docket-Clatskanie Precinct], 1913-1923 (1 volume);
Small Claims Docket Book [District No. 1-with index], 1919-1924 (1 volume).

Records at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex, Vault:
Justice Docket-Small Claims [District No. 1-with index], 1924-1960 (1 volume).


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