Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Lincoln 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 Lincoln County Courthouse, Circuit Court Office:
Index to Circuit Court Cases, 1893-1965 (4 volumes); 1966-1978 (2 volumes).

Records at the Lincoln County Public Service Building, Circuit Court Main Storage Cage B:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-18141, 1893-1959 (276 cu.ft.);
Index to Circuit Court Journal [also indexes case files], vol. 1-2, 1893-1978 (2 volumes);
Journal State of Oregon vs. [Circuit Court Case Files and Journal Criminal Index], ca.1977-ca.1980 (1 volume).

Records at the Lincoln County Public Service Building, Probate Records Storage Cage A:
[Circuit Court Case Files-scanned], no. 22039-42779, 1961-1980 (ca.50 cu.ft.).

Records at the Lincoln County Law Library Building, Circuit Court Warehouse:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. ca.42880-48395, 1980-1982 (31 cu.ft.); no. 83.0001-83.2348, 1983 (25 cu.ft.);
Microfilm Security Rolls [Book of Circuit Court Records-Case Files], reel 2-42, 1968-1983 (41 reels of microfilm);
Scanned Microfilm [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 18142-22038, 1959-1961 (13 inches of microfiche); no. 42169-42737, ca.1980 (10 inches of microfiche).

Records at the Lincoln County Community Justice Building, County Archives:
[Book of Circuit Court -Case Files], reel 2-20, 1968-n.d. (19 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Records [includes probate and juvenile records], n.d.-ca.1975 (16 reels of microfilm);
Old Circuit Court [Civil Case Files-includes some district court], 1970-1973 (1 cu.ft.).


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