Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Lake 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 Lake County Courthouse, Clerk's Basement South Storage Room:
Box [Circuit Court Case Files], ca.1875-1916 (24 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Case Files-formerly in clerk's vault], ca.1875-1922 (16 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Undertakings [includes justice court documents], 1928-1957 (.55 cu.ft.).
Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement West Storage Room:
Circuit Court Case Files [includes some older cases], no. 267-9190, 1913-1981 (110 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Orders], 1959-1967 (.10 cu.ft.);
Circuit Ct. Orders [Court], 1972-1981 (.20 cu.ft.);
Invoices Circuit Court Undertakings [includes justice court documents], 1895-1927 (.40 cu.ft.);
Old Old [Circuit Court Orders], 1881-1902 (.35 cu.ft.);
Old Old [Miscellaneous Circuit Court Case Files and Documents], 1881-1928 (.70 cu.ft.);
Orders of Circuit Court, 1891-1893 (.10 cu.ft.);
Torrens Act Case of State of Oregon vs. Lake County Land and Livestock Company [with index], vol. 1-2, 1924 (2 volumes);
Transcript of Testimony State of Oregon vs. Chewaucan Land and Cattle Company [with index], vol. 1-3, 1924 (3 volumes);
Transcripts of Testimony [Circuit Court], 1902-1925 (1 cu.ft.).
Records at the Lake County Courthouse, Circuit Court Basement East Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 9191-9763, 83.001-83.338, 1981-1983 (15 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Index Direct, 1875-1983 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Case Index Indirect, 1875-1983 (2 volumes);
[Transcripts of Testimony-Circuit Court], 1918-1921 (.25 cu.ft.).