Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine County Records Inventory

Justice Court Case Files


Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before the courts of the justices of the peace. Records include grand jury indictments, complaints, judgments by confession, transcripts of judgment entries and dockets, statements of witnesses, arrest warrants, subpoenas, bills for court costs and fees, petitions for appointment of justices of the peace and constables, petitions establishing justice districts, and marriage records. Cases heard include disturbing the peace, illegal liquor sales, assault, larceny, trespassing, fraud, vagrancy, and burglary. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Josephine County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Transcripts from Justice Court [Old and New], 1877-1911 (1 cu.ft.);
Transcripts from Justice Court to Appear in Circuit Court, 1909-1914 (.35 cu.ft.).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
[Justice Court Case Files-Merlin District], 1935 (.05 cu.ft.).


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