Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Josephine 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 Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Circuit. [Circuit Court Case Files], 1944-1948, 1952-1955, 1958-1959 (40 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Case Files-Transcripts of Testimony], ca.1900-ca.1920 (1.30 cu.ft.);
Confessions of Judgment, 1888-1900 (.05 cu.ft.);
Court Proceedings [includes circuit and county court proceedings and attachment records], 1858-1912 (5 cu.ft.);
Divorce [Record of Divorce or Annulment-title varies], ca.1951-1983 (19 volumes);
Divorce Returns, 1925-1949 (16 volumes);
Incomplete Circuit Court Files, 1890-1927 (.25 cu.ft.);
Indictments, Verdict of Jury, and Undertaking for Appearance, 1873-1904 (.25 cu.ft.);
Judgment Roll [Circuit Court Case Files-includes some county court], 1887-1932 (67 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Circuit Court Orders, 1937-1981 (.50 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Court Papers, 1878-1983 (.35 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Petitions Circuit Court, 1884-1911 (.25 cu.ft.);
Old Old Records [Miscellaneous Records-includes certificate of tax sale, teacher's report, road supervisor's report, justice court docket sheets, circuit court papers, and various other documents], ca.1859-ca.1913 (1 cu.ft.);
Papers For Judgment Roll, ca.1883-ca.1920 (.70 cu.ft.);
Register Circuit Court [with index to case files], 1863-1884 (1 volume);
Register of Actions [with index to case files], vol. 1-2, 1889-1908 (2 volumes).
Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Circuit Court [Case Files], no. 4049-9734, 50.001-79.1770, 1928-1979 (307 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court [C/C Reg. of Actions-Register of Circuit Court-with index to case files], 1863-1884 (1 reel of microfilm);
Circuit Court [Index to Register of Actions and Judgment Roll Docket], 1909-1984 (7 volumes); vol. 4-6, 1934-1970 (3 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court [Register of Actions-with index to case files], vol. 1-2, 1889-1908 (1 reel of microfilm).
Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Trial Court 3rd Floor Records Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files], 1980-1983 (147 cu.ft.).
Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Jo. Co. Court Transcripts [Circuit Court Transcripts of Testimony], 1900-1914 (1.50 cu.ft.).
Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Miscellaneous Items [Circuit Court Transcripts-in bottom drawer], ca.1910 (1 cu.ft.).
Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1266 [Circuit Court Case Records-Josephine County vs. San Francisco Bridge Company], 1895 (.05 cu.ft.).