Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Union County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Case Files


Series documents cases heard before the circuit courts and the U.S. district courts. U.S. district courts were administered by the federal government during the territorial period and subsequently replaced by the circuit courts upon statehood in 1859. Case files include exhibits, transcripts, indexes, and legal documents such as indictments, subpoenas, fee bills, articles of agreement, bonds, summons, executions, petitions, and injunctions. The case files document civil and criminal actions such as debt, theft, divorce, land claims, arson, murder, rape, assault and battery, and boundary conflicts. 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 Joseph Building, Trial Court Attic Archives Room:
Circuit Court [Case Files-title varies], no. 1-28625, 1865-1983 (330 cu.ft.).

Records at the Joseph Building, Map Room #6 Archives:
Assorted Documents [Circuit and County Court Transcripts], 1885-1901 (1 cu.ft.);
Misc. Circuit Court [Miscellaneous Case Records], 1895-1926 (.10 cu.ft.).

Records at the Joseph Building, County Archives Room #2:
Civil Fee Book [also serves as case file index-with index], vol. A-T, 1890-1939 (20 volumes).

Records at the Joseph Building, Trial Court Civil Records Office, Resource Room:
Defendants Index to Judgment Roll, vol. 1-3, 1864-1986 (3 volumes);
Plaintiffs Index to Judgment Roll, vol. 1-3, 1864-1986 (3 volumes).

Records at the Union County Law Enforcement Services Building, Microfilm Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-24294, 1865-1977 (ca.210 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Records [Case Files], no. 25237-26455, ca.1978-ca.1980 (13 inches of microfilm jackets).


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