Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Marion County Records Inventory
Justice Court Case Files
Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before the courts of the justices of the peace. Records include grand jury indictments, complaints, judgments by confession, transcripts of judgment entries and dockets, statements of witnesses, arrest warrants, subpoenas, bills for court costs and fees, petitions for appointment of justices of the peace and constables, petitions establishing justice districts, and marriage records. Cases heard include disturbing the peace, illegal liquor sales, assault, larceny, trespassing, fraud, vagrancy, and burglary. 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 Case Files, 1855-1925 (1 cu.ft.);
Prohibition Records [includes search warrants issued by justice courts], 1923-1925, 1927-1931 (.25 cu.ft.);
Recorders Court Case Files [City of Salem-served as ex-officio justice court], 1870-1898 (2 cu.ft.).
Records at the Marion County Archives:
County Court, Circuit Court, & Justice Court Case Files [primarily relates to juvenile cases-title varies-with gaps], no. 2787-11607, 1941-1979 (9 cu.ft.);
[Justice Court Case Files-Salem District-accession number 90-002], 1887-1928 (3 cu.ft.);
Justice Ct. Criminal Information Miscellaneous [Court], 1931-1938 (.35 cu.ft.);
Salem Justice Court [Case Files], 1929-1934 (2 cu.ft.).
Records at the Willamette Heritage Center Library and Archives:
Commitment [For Trial-Justice Court Documents], 1908-1929 (.60 cu.ft.).