Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Josephine County Records Inventory
Circuit Court Journals
Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). 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:
[U.S. District Court Journal], 1856-1859 (1 volume).
Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 3-48, 1890-1953 (46 volumes); vol. 135-136, 1982 (2 reels of microfilm);
Index to Circuit Court Journal, vol. 1-2, 1890-1919 (2 volumes);
Record [Circuit Court Journal], 1859-1878 (1 volume);
Record Circuit Court Journal, vol. 3, 1878-1890 (1 volume).
Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Circuit Court Journal [Index Direct & Reverse], vol. 1-2, n.d. (1 reel of microfilm);
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 1-57, 62-142, 1859-1957, 1959-1983 (103 reels of microfilm).