Oregon Historical County Records Guide

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Circuit Court Journals


Series records chronological narratives of the proceedings of the court including actions taken such as decrees, judgments, arrangements, sentences, dismissals, and grand jury reports. Information includes plaintiff, defendant, and attorney names; term of court; character and date of case; case number; and date of issue. The term "judgment" refers to judicial decisions regarding the verdict, decision, or judgment rendered by the court and is distinct from those judgments relating to the recovery of court costs and awards (see Judgment and Execution Dockets). 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 [Journal Indexes], 1859-1883 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Journal [title varies-with index], vol. 6-32, 1894-1932 (27 volumes);
Circuit Court Minute Books, 1895-1911 (7 volumes);
Final Record Circuit Court [Circuit Court Journal], vol. 2-3, 1877-1888 (2 volumes);
Records [Circuit Court Journal], 1859-1877 (1 volume);
Tuality District Court Records [Order Books-includes some judicial actions], 1846-1849 (.05 cu.ft.).

Records at the Washington County Justice Services Building, Circuit Court Civil Office, Microfilm Cabinet:
Probate and Circuit Court Cases [Circuit Court Journal], vol. 106-121, ca.1950-1964 (8 reels of microfilm);
Probate and Circuit Court Cases [Probate and Circuit Court Journals-Orders-title varies], vol. 122-536, 82.42-84.17, 1964-1984 (228 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Walnut Street Center Building, Second Floor Circuit Court Archives:
Final Record Circuit Court [Journal], vol. 4, 1888-1892 (1 volume).

Records at the Washington County Historical Records Vault:
Circuit Court [Journal Index], 1883-1888 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Records [Journal], 1849-1856 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Record [U.S. District Court Journal-includes naturalization actions], vol. 1, 1849-1852 (1 volume);
Circuit Court Wash. Co. [Washington County Journal], vol. II, 1849-1856 (1 volume).


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