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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Multnomah County Records Inventory

Justice Court Dockets

1859-1971

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 of the recorders court, police court, and municipal court of the City of Portland are included because all three courts held the status of ex-officio justice court. In 1913 the legislative assembly abolished all Multnomah County justice courts except the Gresham District and the municipal court and transferred their jurisdiction to the newly created district courts (District Court Dockets).

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Justice Court Dockets, 1859-1862 (2 volumes);
Justice Court Dockets [Albina Precinct], 1891 (1 volume);
Justice Court Dockets [Couch Precinct], 1872-1883 (2 volumes);
Justice Court Dockets [East Portland Precinct], 1866-1882, (4 volumes);
Justice Court Dockets [Madison Precinct], 1871-1874 (1 volume);
Justice Court Dockets [Morrison Precinct], 1872-1876, 1878-1883 (4 volumes);
Justice Court Dockets [North Portland Precinct], 1877-1881 (2 volumes);
Justice Court Dockets [Recorders Court, Morrison Precinct, and North Portland Precinct], 1863-1874 (1 volume);
Justice Court Dockets [South Portland Precinct], 1882-1883 (1 volume);
Justice Court Dockets [Washington Precinct], 1868-1871 (1 volume).

Records at the Multnomah County Courthouse, Room B13, District Court Basement Archives:
[Civil Docket-East Portland District], 1889-1913 (6 reels of microfilm);
[Civil Docket-North Portland Precinct], 1890-1895 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Civil Docket-Portland District], vol. 1-141, 1895-1913 (34 reels of microfilm);
[Civil Docket-South Portland District], 1890-1895 (2 reels of microfilm);
[Court Docket-Albina District], 1893-1897 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Criminal Docket-Justice and District Court], vol. 1-18, 1908-1943 (7 reels of microfilm);
[Criminal Docket-North Portland Precinct], 1887-1888 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Judges Docket-Municipal Court], 1894-1926 (15 reels of microfilm);
[Justice Docket], 1891-1892 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Justice Docket Criminal], 1908 (1 reel of microfilm);
[Municipal Court Docket Index], 1924-1971 (16 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Towne Storage Building, Multnomah County Circuit Court Records Area:
[Index to Judge's Docket Municipal Court-Ex-officio Justice of the Peace], vol. 61, 1924 (1 volume); vol. 67-127, 1926-1940 (62 volumes);
Judge's Docket Municipal Court, vol. 61, 67-127, 1924, 1926-1940 (62 volumes);
Justice Docket [Justice of the Peace O.A. Eastman-with index], vol. 12, 1940-1942 (1 volume);
Original Record Municipal Court, 1924-1927 (15 volumes).

Records at the City of Portland Archives & Records Center:
Criminal Docket Recorders Court [with index], 1863-1864 (1 volume);
Criminal Docket [Recorders Court-with index], 1865 (1 volume);
Criminal Record [Recorders Court Journal], 1867-1868 (1 volume);
Docket Indexes [Municipal Court], 1912-1926 (38 volumes);
Judge's Docket Municipal Court, 1893-1894 (1 volume);
Judges Docket Police Court [Municipal Court beginning in 1893], 1886-1908 (10 volumes);
Justice Docket City of St. Johns [with index], 1907-1911 (1 volume); vol. 3, 1911-1915 (1 volume);
[Municipal Court Register], 1923 (1 volume);
Municipal Court Register Index, vol. 4-5, 7, 1895-1900, 1905-1907 (3 volumes);
Municipal Court Register [with index], vol. 1-2, 1893-1895 (2 volumes);
Original Record Municipal Court, 1925 (2 volumes);
[Police Court Docket], 1884-1890 (1 volume);
Police Court Docket State Cases, 1887-1903 (2 volumes);
Police Court Record [title varies], 1871-1889 (10 volumes);
Record [Police Court Docket-Ordinance Violation and Other Crimes], vol. 2-3, 1872-1876 (2 volumes);
Record [Recorders Court Journal], 1868-1870 (1 volume);
Records [Recorders and Police Court Journal], 1867-1871 (2 volumes);
Witness Docket Police Court, 1886-1891 (1 volume).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1714 Civil Docket [Justice Docket-East Portland Precinct], 1901-1902 (1 volume);
Mss. 1714 Civil Docket [Justice Docket-North Portland Precinct], 1890-1892 (1 volume);
Mss. 1714 Criminal Docket [Justice Docket-North Portland Precinct], 1883-1885, 1894 (2 volumes);
Mss. 1714 [Justice Docket-Couch Precinct], 1882-1886 (2 volumes);
Mss. 1714 [Justice Docket-East Portland Precinct], 1882-1908 (17 volumes);
Mss. 1714 [Justice Docket-Madison Precinct], 1880-1886 (3 volumes);
Mss. 1714 [Justice Docket-Morrison Precinct], 1880-1886 (4 volumes);
Mss. 1714 [Justice Docket-Northeast Portland Precinct], 1882-1886 (4 volumes);
Mss. 1714 [Justice Docket-North Portland Precinct], 1880-1890, 1893-1894 (8 volumes);
Mss. 1714 [Justice Docket-South Portland Precinct], 1884-1902 (5 volumes);
Mss. 1714 [Justice Docket-Western Precinct], 1880-1886 (2 volumes);
Mss. 1714 Record [Justice Docket-Albina Precinct], 1885-1893 (4 volumes).

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