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What to Expect

Entering the Courthouse (Courthouse Access)

An airport-type security metal and image scanner station is located at the entrance to the Benton County Courthouse. Purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc. will be searched.  It is a Class C felony for any person to intentionally possess a weapon in a court facility (ORS 166.370). 

Access for visitors with disabilities is on the 5th Street side of the courthouse at the basement level. Upon entry, you will be directed to the elevator and security station for screening. 

Scrolling Docket Screens

Immediately after passing through the security screening station, a large docket screen monitor shows cases to be heard that day and their specific courtroom location. Confidential matters will not appear. It is possible that the courtroom listed on your notice of appearance might have changed since the notice was mailed, so always check the docket screen monitor to verify the correct courtroom before proceeding.

If the case you are looking for does not appear on the docket screen and it is not a confidential matter, contact staff in Room 101 if the case you are looking for is a Civil, Small Claims, Landlord Tenant/FED (Eviction) or Domestic Relations case, or contact staff in Room 104 if the case you are looking for is a Criminal or Violation case, or contact staff in Room 106 if the case you are looking for is a Juvenile case.

Outside Courtrooms 1, 2 and 4 are smaller docket screen monitors showing that day’s cases for each specific courtroom with the exception of confidential matters. Courtroom 4 is located on the first floor. Courtrooms 1, 2, and 3 are on the second floor.

Courtroom Etiquette

View details on how to dress and other courtroom protocols. View the individual judges pages for additional courtroom procedures.

Request for ADA accommodations

Request for ADA accommodations must be received as soon as possible, but not less than four business days before an activity or event.  (See UTCR 7.060)

Persons needing ADA accommodation or services for Benton County Circuit Court should make their request locally to:
Chris Westfall
 PO Box 1870
   Corvallis, OR 97339


There are three Circuit Court Judges serving Benton County. They are elected by the Benton County citizens for a term of six years. The Judges have the responsibility to resolve disputes brought before the Circuit Court with fairness and in accordance with the applicable laws. 

List of Judges