Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Wasco 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 Civil Case Files, 1855-1911 (2 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Criminal Case Files, 1862-1916 (7 cu.ft.);
Recorder's Court Case Files [Civil and Criminal], ca.1897-ca.1905, 1912 (.75 cu.ft.).
Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Justice's Court [Case Files-The Dalles, Wapinitia, Maupin, Dufur-mostly The Dalles], 1914-1940 (.60 cu.ft.).
Records at the Wasco County Courthouse, Basement County Archives:
Justice Court Civil Cases [Files-The Dalles District-includes attachments, complaints, summons, affidavits, and related documents-title varies], 1904-1937 (2 cu.ft.);
Justice Court Criminal Cases [Files-The Dalles District], 1936-1938 (.25 cu.ft.).