Oregon Historical County Records Guide

Marion County Records Inventory

Justice Court Dockets


Series documents criminal and civil cases brought before justice of the peace courts. Dockets include defendant, plaintiff, attorney, witness, and juror names; action dates and nature of cases; judgments; and statements of costs. Actions include complaints, summonses, appearances, testimonies, bonds, judgments, pleas, fines, jail terms, marriages, and writs of attachment. Civil and criminal cases include larceny, burglary, recovering money or personal property, trespassing, hunting out of season, and illegal voting. Justice court records have been inventoried through 1940. For information on more recent records, contact the local justice court.

Records at the Oregon State Archives:
Justice Court Dockets [East Salem Precinct], 1866-1880 (1 volume); 1891-1892 (1 volume);
Justice Court Dockets [Horeb District], 1907-1918 (1 volume);
Justice Court Dockets [Salem District], 1898-1904 (1 volume);
Justice Court Dockets [Silverton District], 1891-1918 (2 volumes);
Justice Court Dockets [South Salem District], 1890-1900 (1 volume).

Records at the Marion County Archives:
Justice Court Civil Docket [accession no. 14.061.001], 1880-1887 (1 volume);
Justice Court Docket Mt. Angel District [Civil], vol. 4, 1936 (1 volume);
Justice Court Docket Mt. Angel District, vol. 2, 1933-1935 (1 volume);
Justice Docket Civil [Salem District-with index], vol. 37-38, 1939-1941 (1 volumes);
Justice Docket-Criminal [Salem District-with index], vol. 22-25, 1938-1941 (4 volumes);
Justice Docket [Silverton Precinct-title varies-with index], 1915-1938 (9 volumes);
Mt. Angel Justice Ct. [Court Docket-includes criminal cases], 1939-1950 (1 volume);
Mt. Angel Record [Justice Court Docket], 1937-1939 (1 volume);
Record [Salem District Justice Court Docket-with index], 1872-1941 (50 volumes);
Salem Precinct Justice Docket [with index], 1870-1874 (1 volume);
Silverton Justice Court [Docket-with index], 1933-1940 (1 volume);
Silverton Justice Court Small Claims Department [Docket-with index], 1940-1956 (.10 cu.ft.);
Silverton Justice Docket [with index], 1938-1940 (1 volume).


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