Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Jefferson 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 Jefferson County Courthouse, Trial Court Office:
Index to Circuit Court Registers [and Case Files], vol. 1, 1915-1984 (1 volume).
Records at the Jefferson County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Archives:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-9350, 1915-1983 (135 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Master Index [to Registers and Case Files], 1915-1984 (2 sheets of microfilm jackets);
Index to Transcribed Crook County Circuit Court Case Files, 1910-1915 (.05 cu.ft.);
Crook County Transcribed [Circuit Court Case Files], 1910-1915 (4 cu.ft.).
Records at the Jefferson County Public Works Department Office, Vault:
Circuit, Justice, & County Court Records [includes a variety of case related records], 1915-1945 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Judges [Miscellaneous Circuit, Justice, and County Court Records], ca.1922-ca.1927 (.50 cu.ft.).