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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Josephine County Records Inventory

Justice Court Dockets

1858-1946

Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before justice of the peace courts. Dockets include defendant, plaintiff, attorney, witness, and juror names; action dates and nature of cases; judgments; and statements of costs. Actions include complaints, summonses, appearances, testimonies, bonds, judgments, pleas, fines, jail terms, marriages, and writs of attachment. Civil and criminal cases include larceny, burglary, recovering money or personal property, trespassing, hunting out of season, and illegal voting. 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:
Justice Court Closed Docket Register, 1932-1940 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Criminal Docket-County Judge Sitting as Magistrate], 1896-1898 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Grants Pass and Merlin Districts], 1901-1931 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Grants Pass District], 1889-1909 (1 reel of microfilm); 1909-1917 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Grants Pass District], vol. 1-7, 1926-1931 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Selma District], 1915-1935 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Waldo District], 1913-1918 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court Dockets [Wolf Creek District], 1915-1946 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Justice Docket Kirbyville District], 1878-1887 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Lucky Queen District-only two pages], 1939 (1 volume);
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.);
Record [Justice Court Docket-Slate Creek District], 1884-1913 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Justice Building, Room 218:
Justice Court [Docket-Grants Pass and Merlin Districts], 1901-1931 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court [Docket-Grants Pass District], 1889-1908 (1 reel of microfilm); 1896-1898 (1 reel of microfilm); 1926-1931 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court [Docket-no district shown], 1887-1889 (1 reel of microfilm); 1932-1940 (1 reel of microfilm); 1932-1950 (1 reel of microfilm); 1935-1937 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court [Docket-Selma District], 1915-1935 (1 reel of microfilm);
Justice Court [Docket-Waldo District], 1916-1918 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Library:
Justice Docket [Grants Pass Precinct-with index], 1893-1902 (1 volume);
Justice Docket [Merlin Precinct], 1895-1916 (1 volume);
Justice's Civil and Criminal Docket Grants Pass Precinct, 1889-1892 (1 volume); 1892-1899 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Barn, Records Storage Room:
Old Old County Records [Justice Court Docket-Slate Creek District], 1858-1862 (1 volume);
Old Old County Records [Territory of Oregon-Justice Court Docket], 1881-1911 (1 volume).

Records at the Josephine County Historical Society Booth Street Storage Unit:
Justice Docket [Grants Pass Precinct], ca.1900-1931 (20 volumes);
Justice Docket [Merlin District and Selma District], 1909-1935 (3 volumes);
Justice Docket [Waldo District], 1913-1918 (2 volumes);
Justice Docket [Wolf Creek District], 1915-1946 (1 volume).

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