Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Linn County Records Inventory

Justice Court Dockets


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 Oregon State Archives:
Justice Court Dockets [District 1-Civil], no. 1-8000, 1920-1946 (2.50 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Dockets [District 1-Criminal], no. 3001-9399, 1926-1941 (1.70 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Record [East Albany Precinct], 1882-1885 (1 volume);
Justice of Peace Docket, 1858-1866 (1 volume);
Justice of Peace Record [with index], 1859-1862 (1 volume);
Register of Justices of the Peace [lists historical justices and constables], 1890-1972 (1 volume).


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