Q: What format will my audio file come in?
Copies of audio recordings from hearings prior to 2017 will be sent in MP3 format, copies of any hearings after 2017 will be in WMA format (Windows Media Audio).
Q: How may I get access to records that are confidential?
Juvenile Records: For information on Juvenile Records, please visit Juvenile Court Records Access Rules and Releasing Juvenile Court Records. For other questions on how to access Juvenile Records, please contact the court at 503.588.5101.
Adoption Records: For information on Adoption Records, please visit Adoption Record Access. If you qualify to request adoption records, please fill out the Request for Court Adoption Records. For additional questions on access to Adoption Records, please contact the court at 503.588.5101.
Marijuana Pardon's: For information on Governor Brown's Marijuana Pardon's records, please visit Marijuana Pardons Information.
For questions on accessing any other Sealed or other Confidential documents, contact the court records department at
Q: How far back do Marion County court records go?
Court records from 1987-Present are available in either physical form or digital. Limited court records prior to 1987 dating back to 1910 can be found though in the courts microfilm system.
The court is in possession of limited audio recordings from 2001-Present.
Q: What is the difference between standard, certified, and exemplified copies?
Standard copies are photocopies of a document or page in a file.
Certified copies are photocopies of a filed document in its entirety (everything filed as one document) that is sworn to be a true copy by a court clerk. The certified copy should not be taken apart, as once the staple is removed the certification becomes invalid. Electronic certified copies should always be printed in color and cannot be altered in any way.
Exemplified copies are a photocopy of a filed document in its entirety that is sworn to by the Trial Court Administrator (TCA). The signature of the TCA is then sworn to by a judge. The TCA then swears to the authenticity of the judge's signature. Electronic exemplified copies should always be printed in color and cannot be altered in any way.