Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Coos 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 Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Case Files [Civil-includes divorce cases and a small number of cases related to probate actions], no. 1-9463, 1854-1930 (171.50 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Files [Criminal], no. 1-2463, 1854-1930 (13 cu.ft.).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Circuit Court Criminal Office, Microfilm Room:
Coquille Circuit [Court Case Files-primarily criminal], 1937-1978 (35 reels of microfilm);
CV/DM/PB [Circuit Court Civil, Domestic, Criminal, and Probate Case Files], 1972-1987 (ca.200 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Old Jail Circuit Court Storage:
Coos County JV [Circuit Court Case Files-includes guardianship, adoption, and murder cases], ca.1964-2013 (35 cu.ft.);
Duplicate [Circuit Court Cases-Civil], no. 11075-19518, 1936-ca.1960 (121 reels of microfilm);
Civil [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 9464-11074, 1931-1936 (29 cu.ft.);
Criminal [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 2464-2810, 1931-1936 (3 cu.ft.);
Direct Index, vol. 2-3, 1926-1978 (2 volumes);
General Criminal Index [Circuit Court Case Files], 1853-1978 (1 volume);
Index to Judgment Rolls, 1854-ca.1917 (1 volume);
Indirect Index [Circuit Court], vol. 2-3, 1941-1978 (2 volumes);
Indirect Index to Judgment Rolls, 1917-1944 (1 volume);
Transcript Index [Circuit Court Case], 1980-1984 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Index to Criminal Cases [Circuit Court and Justice Court], 1854-1936 (1 volume).

Records at the Coos County Courthouse, Clerk's Downstairs Archives:
Circuit Court No. 4449 [Curry County vs. Bandon Construction Company-Case File], 1916 (.25 cu.ft.);
Divorce [Registration Copy Books], 1925-1946 (21 volumes).


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