Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Grant 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-alphabetical arrangement], ca.1865-ca.1889 (5 cu.ft.);
Civil and Criminal Files [Circuit Court Case], no. 223-2197, 1870-1906 (22 cu.ft.);
Court Process Records [Circuit Court-includes indictments, summons, and complaints-title varies], 1864-ca.1900 (2 cu.ft.);
Divorce Case Files [Circuit Court], 1872-1922 (4 cu.ft.);
JR [Judgment Roll-Circuit Court Case Files-includes a small number of newer cases], no. JR1-JR1276, 1906-1923 (16 cu.ft.);
Unnumbered Civil and Criminal Files [Circuit Court Case], 1871-1905 (1 cu.ft.);
Search for 1872-1922 Grant County divorce case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Basement Vault:
Circuit Court Cases [Transcripts of Testimony], 1887-1888 (1 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Misc. Exhibits [Miscellaneous Exhibits and Files-includes water rights cases], 1925-1940 (2.25 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Register [with index-also indexes case files], vol. L-Z, 27-40, 1926-1986 (30 volumes);
Early Circuit Court and County Court [Case Files], ca.1891-ca.1907 (.30 cu.ft.);
Exhibits of Circuit Court Settled Cases, 1916-1922 (.20 cu.ft.);
JR [Judgment Roll-Circuit Court Case Files-includes criminal, law, and equity cases], no. JR1885-JR3336, 1930-1942 (16 cu.ft.); no. JR 6261-JR8712, 1975-1981 (22 cu.ft.);
Misc. Circuit Court Exhibits [Miscellaneous], 1925-1940 (2 cu.ft.);
Spokane Cattle Loan Co. vs. William Byram [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 4287, 1923 (.35 cu.ft.);
Transcripts [Circuit and Justice Court-includes related documents], ca.1875-ca.1900 (.35 cu.ft.).
Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Circuit Court Judge's Office Closet:
JR [Judgment Roll-Circuit Court Case Files], no. JR1-JR6260, 1906-1975 (58 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Grant County Courthouse, Clerk's Office, Side Room:
State of Oregon vs. Joseph H. Caseday [Circuit Court Transcripts and Motions], 1910 (3 volumes);
Vault Index [Circuit Court Case Files], vol. A, ca.1870-ca.1906 (1 volume).