Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Gilliam 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 Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Case Files, no. 4-3517, 1885-1930 (39 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Index [copy-in reference library], 1893-1912 (1 volume);
Search for 1885-1930 Gilliam County divorce case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Clerk's Vault:
Circuit Court Misc. [Miscellaneous Circuit Court Documents], 1957-1968 (.10 cu.ft.);
Clerk's Receipt for Papers [Administrative and Judicial Register-registers county court, probate, and circuit court actions], vol. 1, 1903-1969 (1 volume);
Transcripts from Other Counties [Circuit Court], 1957-1985 (.10 cu.ft.).
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Trial Clerk's Office:
General Index Register and Circuit Court Docket, vol. 1-2, 1909-1983 (2 volumes).
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, Lower Vault:
[Circuit and County Court Documents], 1904-1907 (.05 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Case Files], no. 6217-6627, 1975-1984 (8 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Microfilm [Case Files], no. 4-2953, 1885-1924 (64 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court Perm. Records Misc. [Miscellaneous Circuit Court Documents-includes orders, indictments, reports, and related records], 1885-1956 (.50 cu.ft.);
[Miscellaneous Circuit Court and Probate Records-includes exhibits, transcripts, and related records-in lower cabinet], ca.1902-ca.1939 (1.20 cu.ft.).
Records at the Gilliam County Courthouse, District Attorney's Office Storage Room:
Circuit Court [Case Files-title varies], no. 3518-6216, 1930-1975 (25.75 cu.ft.).