Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah 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 Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 131, Circuit Court File Room:
Circuit Court Journal [Civil, Criminal, and Domestic Relations], vol. 1-388, 1859-1929 (46 reels of microfilm); vol. 1609-1872, 1964-1973 (288 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Journal Civil], vol. 1873-2004, 1973-1982 (131 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Judgment Journal-Civil and Domestic Relations Cases], vol. 389-1350, 1929-1961 (230 reels of microfilm);
Criminal Journal [Circuit Court], vol. 1-47, 1972-1978 (47 reels of microfilm);
Dom. Rel. Journal [Circuit Court Domestic Relations], vol. 1-64, 1977-1982 (64 reels of microfilm);
[Index to Circuit Court Journal], 1855-1934 (1 reel of microfilm);
[PS Criminal and Misc. Journals-Circuit Court Criminal and Miscellaneous], vol. 1-1607, 1929-1964 (272 reels of microfilm).


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