Oregon Historical County Records Guide
Marion County Records Inventory
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 Journals [includes U.S. District Court-title varies], vol. 1-7, 1849-1882 (7 volumes); vol. 9-46, 1885-1930 (38 volumes);
Circuit Court Register [indexes case files and journal], 1849-ca.1890 (2 volumes).
Records at the Marion County Courthouse, Circuit Court Vault:
Circuit Court Journal, 1971-1984 (202 reels of microfilm);
[Circuit Court Registers-indexes journals], 1849-1907 (6 sheets of microfiche).
Records at the Marion County Courthouse, County Clerk's Vault:
Circuit Court Journal [security copy], n.d. (168 reels of microfilm).
Records at the Marion County Archives:
Record Circuit Court [Journal], vol. 8, 1882-1885 (1 volume).