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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Washington County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Case Files

1844-1983

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 Case Files [Miscellaneous-with gaps], 1845-1884 (.25 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Civil Judgement Rolls [arranged alphabetically by plaintiff surname], 1876-1939 (5 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Criminal Case Files, no. 7134-10474, 1920-1930 (11.75 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Criminal Cases [Files-with gaps], 1845-1906 (1 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Judgement Rolls [Miscellaneous], ca.1908-ca.1938 (.50 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Judgement Rolls, no. 1-2699, ca.1850-1899 (25 cu.ft.);
Defendants Index Circuit Court [Civil Cases], vol. 1, 1844-1875 (1 volume);
Indirect Index to Cases [indexes circuit court bench docket no. 5 and corresponding judgment rolls], 1906-1909 (1 volume);
Judgment Rolls [Circuit Court Civil], no. 4955-9299, 1917-1930 (53 cu.ft.);
Judgment Rolls [Circuit Court Divorce], no. 4955-9299, 1917-1930 (13.50 cu.ft.);
Plaintiffs Index Circuit Court [Civil Cases], vol. 1, 1844-1875 (1 volume);
U.S. District Court Case Records, 1849-1859 (1 cu.ft.);
Search for 1850-1899, 1917-1939 Washington County divorces in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Washington County Justice Services Building, Circuit Court Civil Records Room:
Defendant's Index [Circuit Court Case Files], vol. 1-5, ca.1850-1981 (5 volumes);
Plaintiff's Index [Circuit Court Case Files], vol. 1-5, ca.1850-1981 (5 volumes).

Records at the Washington County Justice Services Building, Circuit Court Civil Office, Microfilm Cabinet:
C.C. Judgment Rolls [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 2700-7133, 1899-ca.1924 (73 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Cases [Files-title varies], no. 11069-34197, ca.1940-1974 (328 reels of microfilm);
[Defendant's Index to Circuit Court-Case Files], vol. 1-5, ca.1850-1981 (3 reels of microfilm);
[Index to Criminal Case Files], n.d.-1982 (1 reel of microfilm);
Marriage [Domestic Court Files-Circuit Court Case Files], no. D820001-D832311, 1982-1983 (68 reels of microfilm);
[Plaintiff's Index to Circuit Court-Case Files], vol. 1-5, ca.1850-1981 (2 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Washington County Justice Services Building, Circuit Court Criminal Records Room:
State Criminal Index [Case File], n.d.-1982 (1 volume).

Records at the Walnut Street Center Building, Second Floor Circuit Court Archives:
Circuit Court Civil [Case Files-title varies], no. 34198-43828, 820001-831843, 1974-1983 (152 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Criminal [Case Files], no. 8746-21403, 1933-1981 (142 cu.ft.); 82.0001-83.1122, 1982-1983 (29 cu.ft.);
Domestic Relations [Circuit Court Case Files], no. D001-D20524, 1968-1981 (125 cu.ft.);
Misdemeanor [Circuit Court Case Files], no. D001-D19496, 1958-n.d. (10 cu.ft.);
Vault Index Circuit Court, vol. 1-2, n.d. (2 volumes).

Records at the Washington County Historical Records Vault:
C.C. State Cases Orders [Circuit Court], 1897-1933 (.20 cu.ft.);
C.C. State Cases Pending J.P. Transcripts [includes justice court documents], 1893-1917 (.35 cu.ft.);
Indirect Index to Cases [Circuit Court], vol. 1, 1893-1915 (1 volume).

Records at the Washington County Museum, Research Library and Archives:
RG 2.26 Washington County Criminal Indictments [Circuit Court Documents], 1880-1930 (1 cu.ft.).

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