Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Polk 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 Records [District no. 1], 1893-1896 (.05 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Case Records [District no. 2], 1892-1897 (.10 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Case Records [District no. 3], 1892-1899 (.35 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Case Records [District no. 4], 1896 (.05 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Case Records [District no. 5], 1892-1905 (.25 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Case Records [District no. 7], 1924-1925 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Polk County Public Works Department Complex, Building 12, Central Area Pallet:
DA Files [includes justice court case documents], ca.1928-1940 (ca.1 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Case Files [includes 2nd, 5th, and West Salem districts], ca.1925-1940 (2 cu.ft.).

Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1276 Justice Court Case Papers, 1861-1881 (.05 cu.ft.).


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