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Major courts that have kept records of genealogical value are the following:
Circuit courts have county-wide jurisdiction over criminal cases, probate matters, guardianships, and domestic relations.
County courts have county-wide jurisdiction in juvenile cases, civil matters under $500, and probate matters. The Family History Library has a few county court records.
District courts have county-wide jurisdiction over minor civil and criminal matters.
Justice courts have concurrent county-wide jurisdiction with circuit courts over minor civil and criminal cases.
Supreme Court has the final appellate jurisdiction for the state.
The Family History Library has copies of a few court records, including Douglas County court records (1852-63) and coroner's inquest records (1896-1946). You can obtain copies of court records at the various county courthouses. The Oregon State Archives has files for Clackamas, Lane, Marion, and Wasco counties.