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Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Malheur County Records Inventory

Circuit Court Case Files

1886-1984

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:
Change of Name [Circuit Court Case Files], 1963-1984 (.40 cu.ft.);
Civil Records [Circuit Court Case Files-includes law and equity cases-excludes divorce cases], no. 1-4190, 1886-1930 (74 cu.ft.);
Criminal Court [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-249, 1887-1930 (2.60 cu.ft.);
Divorces [Circuit Court Case Files], 1887-1930 (6 cu.ft.);
Index to Circuit Court Journal [also indexes case files], vol. A-B, 1887-1930 (2 volumes);
Malheur Circuit Court Records Civil [Case Files-includes law and equity cases], ca.1906-ca.1910 (3 cu.ft.);
Search for 1887-1930 Malheur County divorces in Oregon Historical Records Index.

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Civil Records Storage Room:
[Circuit Court Case Files-includes cases related to water rights, district formation, and other subjects], ca.1931-1990 (14 cu.ft.);
[Circuit Court Civil Case Files], no. 12511-14859, ca.1971-ca.1978 (24 reels of microfilm);
Circuit Court [Civil Case Files], no. 11437-12991, 1969-1973 (27 inches of aperture cards);
Criminal [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1665-1924, 1969-1972 (10 inches of aperture cards).

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Trial Court Basement Criminal Records Storage Room:
Circuit Court [Civil Case Files], no. 11750-14931, 1969-1978 (16 inches of microfilm jackets);
Divorce Files for Archives [Circuit Court Case Files], 1938-1954 (1.25 cu.ft.);
Index to Circuit Court Journal [also indexes case files], vol. C-I , 1930-1984 (7 volumes).

Records at the Malheur County Courthouse, Trial Court Office:
[Circuit Court Civil Case Files], no. 4191-19292, 1931-1983 (Imaged on Laserfiche);
[Circuit Court Criminal Case Files], no. 250-3383, 1930-1983 ((Imaged on Laserfiche).

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