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Oregon circuit courts

Oregon's circuit courts are general jurisdiction trial courts of the U.S. state of Oregon. These courts hear civil and criminal court cases.

The state has 27 circuit court districts, most of which correspond to the boundaries of the Oregon's 36 counties. Except in six Eastern Oregon counties, the courts have jurisdiction over probate issues, adoptions, guardianship and conservatorships, and juvenile issues.

The courts are operated by the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD). As of January 2007, the courts had 173 judges. The majority of appeals from the circuit courts go to the Oregon Court of Appeals. Some limited cases go directly to the Oregon Supreme Court if appealed from the trial court level.[1]

The OJD has no jurisdiction over other local courts in Oregon, which include county courts,[2] justice courts,[3][4] and municipal courts.[1][5]

In 1998, the state combined its state district courts into the Oregon circuit courts[6]


  1. First Circuit – Jackson
  2. Second Circuit – Lane
  3. Third Circuit – Marion
  4. Fourth Circuit – Multnomah
  5. Fifth Circuit – Clackamas
  6. Sixth Circuit – Umatilla, Morrow
  7. Seventh Circuit – Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, Wasco, Hood River
  8. Eighth Circuit – Baker
  9. Ninth Circuit – Malheur
  10. Tenth Circuit – Wallowa, Union
  11. Eleventh Circuit – Deschutes
  12. Twelfth Circuit – Polk
  13. Thirteenth Circuit – Klamath
  14. Fourteenth Circuit – Josephine
  15. Fifteenth Circuit – Coos, Curry
  16. Sixteenth Circuit – Douglas
  17. Seventeenth Circuit – Lincoln
  18. Eighteenth Circuit – Clatsop
  19. Nineteenth Circuit – Columbia
  20. Twentieth Circuit – Washington
  21. Twenty-first Circuit – Benton
  22. Twenty-second Circuit – Crook, Jefferson
  23. Twenty-third Circuit – Linn
  24. Twenty-fourth Circuit – Harney, Grant
  25. Twenty-fifth Circuit – Yamhill
  26. Twenty-sixth Circuit – Lake
  27. Twenty-seventh Circuit – Tillamook

See also


  1. ^ a b An Introduction to the Courts of Oregon, Oregon Judicial Department, Accessed on August 25, 2007.
  2. ^ County Courts from the Oregon Blue Book
  3. ^ Justice Courts from the Oregon Blue Book
  4. ^ Oregon Justices of the Peace Association
  5. ^ Municipal Courts from the Oregon Blue Book
  6. ^ Oregon Blue Book: Oregon Circuit Courts. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on January 25, 2008.

External links

  • Circuit courts page hosted by the Oregon Judicial Department
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