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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Wasco County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Case Files

1848-1989

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.

Early case files are not numbered. Beginning in 1983 an alpha-numeric system was implemented based on the type of case (e.g., criminal, civil, juvenile, probate, divorce, etc.), the year, and number of cases within the year.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Civil Case Files, ca.1848-1910 (111 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Criminal Case Files, ca.1851-1963 (23 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Trial Transcripts [Ernest Haase vs Oregon Railway & Navigation Co.], 1889 (1 volume);
General Index Circuit Court Defendant [indexes judgment rolls and journals], vol. 1, 1854-1962 (1 volume);
General Index Circuit Court Plaintiff [indexes judgment rolls and journals], vol. 1, 1854-1962 (1 volume);
Hood River County Trial Transcript [Evans vs Hood River Electric Light Power and Water Company], 1908 (2 volumes);
U.S. District Court Case Files [Civil] 1854-1871 (.25 cu.ft.);
U.S. District Court Case Files [Criminal] 1853-1865 (.20 cu.ft.);
Search for 1859-1916 Wasco County divorce case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
[Circuit Court Civil Case Files], no. 814-6429, 1910-1943 (78 cu.ft.);
Divorces [Returns], 1942-1948 (.25 cu.ft.);
Indictments [Circuit Court], 1900-1915 (.15 cu.ft.).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Basement County Archives:
Index to Circuit Court Cases, no. 1-626, n.d. (1 volume).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Trial Court Jury Room 306:
Civil [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 6430-17713, 83.1-83.287, 1943-1983 (6 feet of microfiche);
Criminal [Circuit Court Case Files], 1961-1983 (18 inches of microfiche);
Criminal Index [to Circuit Court Case Files], ca.1963-1989 (1 volume);
Dissolution [of Marriage-Circuit Court Case Files], D83.1-D83.173, 1983 (1.50 inches of microfiche);
Index to Circuit Court Cases [Case Files and Registers], ca.1900-1959 (1 volume); vol. 2-4, 1959-1989 (3 volumes);
Index to Circuit Court Cases [Files], vol. 1-3, 1854-1969 (3 volumes).

Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Vault A:
[Circuit Court Civil Case Files], no. 6430-17713, 83.1-83.287, 1943-1983 (10 feet of microfilm jackets);
Criminal [Circuit Court Case Files], 1961-1983 (26 inches of microfilm jackets).

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