Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Deschutes 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 Deschutes County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives:
[Circuit Court Case Files-boxed], no. 4600-8760, 1935-1953 (48 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Case Files-open shelves], no. 8761-35797, 1953-1983 (400 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Civil [Case Files-boxed], no. 130-4599, ca.1911-1935 (72 cu.ft.).

Records at the Deschutes County Justice Building Basement, Court Archives Room 18:
[Circuit Court Index-Direct and Indirect-in microfiche box], 1918-1986 (.50 inch of microfiche);
[Circuit Court Records-Case Files], no. 130-438, ca.1911-ca.1920 (4 reels of microfilm).

Records at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, Room 311:
[Miscellaneous Circuit Court Documents-includes reports-Box 258], ca.1940-ca.1958 (.20 cu.ft.).


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