Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Lane 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 Oregon State Archives:
Aggravated Murder Cases [Circuit Court Files-includes Elizabeth Diane Downs case], 1975, 1982-1985 (1.50 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Files, no. 1-3000, 1853-1900 (31 cu.ft.);
Name Change [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 87-7449, 1905-1957 (2 cu.ft.);
Plaintiff's Index to Circuit Court Papers [Case Files], vol. 1, ca.1853-1907 (1 volume);
Search for 1855-1900 Lane County divorce case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Lane County Courthouse, Court Archives:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes probate cases from 1979-1983], no. 43882-102160, 71.0001-83.10100, 1953-1983 (1511 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Case Files, no. 1-43881, 1854-1953 (351 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Name Index-includes probate], 1978-1982 (11 sheets of microfiche);
Index to Circuit Court Miscellaneous [includes insane commitments and some naturalization cases], vol. 2, ca.1864-1977 ( 1 volume).
Records at the Lane County Courthouse, Court Exhibit Room:
Misc. #13 Court Proceedings [Circuit Court], ca.1888-ca.1919 (.30 cu.ft.).