Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Polk County Records Inventory
Justice Court Dockets
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 at the Oregon State Archives:
Justice Court Civil Case Journal [District no. 5], 1896-1903 (1 volume);
Justice Court Dockets Civil Cases [District no. 2], 1917-1948 (5 volumes);
Justice Court Dockets Criminal and Civil Cases [District no. 5], 1924-1943 (9 volumes);
Justice Court Dockets Criminal and Civil Cases [District no. 7], 1924-1925 (1 volume);
Justice Court Dockets Criminal Cases [District no. 2], 1931-1944 (6 volumes);
Justice Court Dockets Small Claims [District no. 5], 1917-1939 (1 volume).
Records at the Polk County Historical Society Museum, Archives:
Independence Justice Court [Docket-with index], 1890-1894 (1 volume).
Records at the Oregon Historical Society:
Mss. 1276 Justice Court Docket, 1853-1861 (1 volume);
Mss. 1276 Justice Court Docket [Jackson Precinct], 1871-1888 (1 volume).