Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Marion 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.
A 2005 arson fire at the Marion County Courthouse destroyed a large number of circuit court case files. See the Circuit Court Journals series and Circuit Court Dockets series for circuit court documents and information dating from 1971 to 1984.
Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Circuit Court Case Exhibits [includes bank, lumber, land, milling, and other company registers and dockets], ca.1870-ca.1940 (33 volumes);
Circuit Court Case Exhibits [includes court documents, correspondence, financial journals, maps, drawings, and photographs], 1870-1940 (27 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Files Divorces, 1852-1921 (20 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Case Files [does not include divorce cases], no. 4-15339, 1848-1921 (285 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Cases Indirect [Index], 1952-1970 (.80 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Dockets and Indexes [Register & Circuit Court Docket-indexes case files], 1892-1935 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Documents [includes complaints, subpoenas, warrants, and arrests], 1861-1947 (.80 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Index Direct [Case Files], 1953-1962 (.50 cu.ft.);
Circuit Court Register [indexes case files and journal], 1849-ca.1890 (2 volumes);
Circuit Court Transcripts, 1880-1934 (6.25 cu.ft.);
Index to Circuit Court Cases Direct, 1908-1935 (.50 cu.ft.);
Index to Circuit Court Cases Indirect, 1908-1962 (1.40 cu.ft.);
Index to Circuit Court Direct [Case Files], 1963-1970 (.40 cu.ft.);
Search for 1852-1921 Marion County divorce case files in Oregon Historical Records Index.
Records at the Marion County Courthouse, Circuit Court Vault:
CC [Circuit Court Case Files], no. 1-74727, 1848-1971 (980 reels of microfilm);
[Defendant Index Circuit Court-to case files], 1910-1984 (8 reels of microfilm);
[Plaintiff Index Circuit Court-to case files], 1910-1984 (8 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Marion County Archives:
County Court, Circuit Court, & Justice Court Case Files [primarily relates to juvenile cases-title varies-with gaps], no. 2787-11607, 1941-1979 (9 cu.ft.);
US District Court Case #361 [accession no. 02.026.004], 1855 (.05 cu.ft.).