Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk 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 Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Journal Indexes, 1875-1899 (7 volumes);
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 2, 1865-1871 (1 volume); vol. 4-10, 1882-1899 (7 volumes);
[Circuit Court/U.S. District Court Journal], 1851-1865 (1 reel of microfilm).

Records at the Polk County Courthouse, Circuit Court Records Office:
[Circuit Court Jr.-Journal] vol. 2-49, 1865-1960 (18 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Building, Surveyor's Office:
District Court Minutes [Polk County U.S. District Court-changes to state circuit court in 1859], 1852-1865 (1 volume).

Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
Circuit Court Journal, vol. 11-19, 22-23, 25, 27-29, 31-73, 1897-1969 (58 volumes);
Circuit Court Proceedings [Record], 1847-1848 (1 volume);
County Court Journal [includes primarily delinquent child cases-jurisdiction changes to circuit court in ca.1965], vol. 7-12, 1954-1968 (6 volumes);
Record [Circuit Court Journal-with index], vol. 3, 1871-1875 (1 volume).


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