Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Wallowa 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 Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Exhibits, 1915-1927 (.75 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Transcripts, 1902-1931 (2 cu.ft.).
Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Cases Criminal Indictments, no. 1-45, 1917-1922 (.35 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-4564, 1887-1929 (54.65 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Documents-includes indictments and related records-trifolded], 1967-1975 (.20 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Papers [includes miscellaneous writs, venires, demurrers, orders, and related records], 1907-1929 (.70 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Unfinished Cases [Files], ca.1916-ca.1931 (1 cu.ft.);
Criminal Cases [Justice and Circuit Court Case Files], 1924-1936 (.25 cu.ft.);
Miscellaneous Court Papers [includes circuit court], ca.1934-ca.1970 (.35 cu.ft.);
Transcripts Circuit [includes justice court], ca.1917-ca.1982 (.65 cu.ft.).
Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Wallowa Lake County Service District Office, Bookcase:
Index to Judgment Roll Defendant, vol. 1-2, 1887-1983 (2 volumes);
Index to Judgment Roll Plaintiff, vol. 1-2, 1887-1983 (2 volumes).
Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Attic, Main Records Storage Room:
Circuit Civil [Case Files], no. 8431-8934, 1980-1983 (6 cu.ft.);
Judgment Roll [Circuit Court-title varies], no. 4565-10407, 1929-1983 (92 cu.ft.).
Records at the Wallowa County Courthouse, Old Jail Circuit Court Records Storage:
Criminal [Circuit Court Case Files], 1979-1983 (2 cu.ft.).