Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Lincoln County Records Inventory
Circuit Court Journals
Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). 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 Public Service Building, Trial Court Main Storage Cage:
Circuit Court Journal [includes volume 19 and 19A], vol. 1-81, 1893-1968 (82 volumes);
Decrees in Lien of Deeds [Circuit Court Journal-Benton County], vol. 1, 1873-1891 (1 volume);
Defendant's Index [Circuit Court Journal], 1893-n.d. (1 volume);
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);
Plaintiff's Index [Circuit Court Journal], vol. 1, n.d. (1 volume).