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Multnomah County Court Records

Multnomah County court records refer to records and documentation of legal proceedings generated and stored by the courts within the county’s jurisdiction. Court records can be maintained as written and typed documents, audio, video recordings, pictures, maps, electronic files, and other storage mediums.

Local courts and judiciary store court records for various reasons, including proof that cases were handled fairly and that the rights of participants were protected. The public may also access court records as educational tools to familiarize themselves with the court structure and the legal system in the county.

Records generally considered court records include court schedules, calendars, dockets, motions, rulings, judgments, depositions, opinions, and general case information from cases heard in the county’s courts. Record seekers in Multnomah County may access court records by contacting their local circuit court.

Are Court Records Public in Multnomah County?

Yes, according to the Oregon Public Record Laws, court records are generally considered public information that can be accessed and copied by the public. This means businesses, organizations, the media, and the general public can request access to Multnomah County court records under the law.

Although court records are generally considered public information, some records have restricted access or are exempt from public disclosure. Examples of court records exempted or restricted under Oregon’s Public Record Law include:

  • Personal identifying information submitted to a court if made confidential by a ruling
  • Records concerning drug court programs
  • Records related to active criminal investigations until the case is solved
  • Communications that fall under attorney-client privilege
  • Records of cases involving juveniles and minors

In some cases, records may contain both public and restricted information. Records seekers may apply for a court order to release the record in full or receive the record with the restricted parts removed or redacted.

Multnomah County Court Records Search

Multnomah County provides the public with several options for performing searches from court records in the county. Interested parties can perform a Multnomah County records search using the following options.

  • Contact the Multnomah County Circuit Court where the case was heard. The trial court administrator serves as the records custodian.
  • Make use of any of the online case search resources provided by the Oregon Judicial Branch, such as the Free Records Search and Oregon Judicial Case Information Network.
  • Make use of any third-party, public record search websites

Multnomah County Court Records Search by Name

Record seekers can perform Multnomah County court record searches by name through various means. Options to search for court records using the names of a subject are available in person at the records department, online, by mail, and even by email.

Offline record searches for court records linked to a person's name can be made in person at the Circuit Court using any of the public access terminals available. Requesters also have the option to submit a Record Request form by email to Mul.Records@ojd.state.or.us or by regular mail to the circuit court at:

Multnomah County Courthouse
1200 SW 1st Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

Copies of records obtained using the record request cost $0.25 per page, and certification of the record will cost $5 per case. Records emailed to the requester will cost $3 per electronic document.

The Oregon Judicial Department Online Records Search allows users to search for an individual’s court record using a subject’s name or case/record number. The name must be entered in the last, first, and then middle format. This online search allows users to do name-based searches for limited case information, including records, for free. Record seekers may also look up more extensive records using the OJCIN OnLine paid subscription service managed by the Oregon Judicial Branch.

Multnomah County Courts

The Multnomah County Circuit Court is the main trial court in the county and handles various types of cases within the county’s jurisdiction. Listen below are the courthouse locations within Multnomah County.

Multnomah County Circuit Court
Multnomah County Courthouse
1021 SW 4th Avenue,
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 988-3957
Fax: (503) 988-5773

Multnomah County Circuit Court
Justice Center
1120 SW 3rd Avenue,
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 988-3641

Multnomah County Circuit Court - East County
East County Courthouse
18480 SE Stark Street,
Portland, OR 97233
Phone: (503) 988-3199

Multnomah County Circuit Court - Juvenile
Juvenile Justice Center
1401 NE 68th Avenue,
Portland, OR 97213
Phone: (503) 988-3022 ext. 5

Municipal Courts in Multnomah County
Troutdale Municipal Court
219 East Historic Columbia River Highway,
Troutdale, OR 97060
Phone: (503) 665-5175
Fax: (503) 667-6403

Multnomah County District Court Records

Oregon’s judicial system is divided into several sections, including the Oregon Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit Courts, County Courts, Tax Courts, and Municipal Courts. The Multnomah Circuit Court is the district court equivalent serving as the county court of records.

The circuit court is responsible for hearing the following types of cases in Multnomah County.

  • Criminal cases
  • Civil cases
  • Family law
  • Probate cases
  • Juvenile cases
  • Traffic cases
  • Ordinance violations

The Multnomah County Circuit Courts records department maintains court records in Multnomah County.

Multnomah County Criminal Records

Under the public records law, Multnomah County criminal records are public records that the public can request and copy. Criminal records open to the public include background checks, names, physical descriptions, ages, charges, and booking information.

Oregon law permits the public to obtain their criminal record information or that of another person in the possession of law enforcement. Anyone can access these records if the case has been concluded and the records are not sealed or otherwise restricted by law. However, by law, the law enforcement agency in the custody of the record must notify the subject that access to their criminal records has been requested. The subject has 14 days to challenge the request. The request can go through if no challenge is received after 14 days.

Record seekers can obtain criminal record information for Multnomah County only from the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. For names, charges, and booking information, requesters can fill out and submit the request form to the following:

Public Records Request
Communications Unit
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office
501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 350
Portland, OR 97214

For any inquiries, email prr@mcso.us. Record requests cost $15 for the first two pages and $2 for each extra page.

The Criminal Justice Information Services(CJIS) of the Oregon State Police provides the following services for Public Access to criminal records.

  • Open records request for copies of another person's Oregon Criminal Record History for $33
  • Requesters may request a copy of their records. This is a fingerprint-based search of the state's computerized criminal record repository for a copy of the requester's criminal record. Fingerprints must be taken at the Salem headquarters of the Oregon State Police. This service costs $33 plus $30 for fingerprinting services.

For any questions or inquiries, record seekers may contact the CJIS division at:

Oregon State Police – CJIS Division
Unit 11
P.O. Box 4395
Portland, OR 97208-4395
Phone: (503) 378-3070
Email: orecord@osp.oregon.gov

Multnomah County Criminal Court Case Lookup

Record seekers can obtain a Multnomah County Criminal Court Case in person, by mail, or online. Requests should be directed to the county circuit court via the following:

  • Records can be looked up online using the public access terminals at the county circuit court building.
  • Requesters can use the online Free Records Search to look up basic case information and court calendars.
  • Details of a criminal case and record inquiries can be emailed to the Records Department at MUL.Records@ojd.state.or.us.
  • Requesters can also look up criminal cases Online cases on the subscription-based Oregon Judicial Case Information Network(OJCIN)

Multnomah County Civil Court Records.

Multnomah County civil court records are the documentation created by civil court cases, which include claims, disputes, motions, rulings, judgments, docket information, and so on. Interested parties can acquire Multnomah County civil court records from the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Multnomah civil court records can be looked up in person using the public access terminals at the circuit courthouse. Civil court record requests can also be made by filing out a record request form and mailing it to

Multnomah County Courthouse
1200 SW 1st Ave
Portland, OR 97204

Record request forms or typed requests containing enough details for a record search can also be emailed to the circuit court records department at MUL.Records@ojd.state.or.us.

Online requests can be made using the online request form or the free record search, which supplies basic case information at no charge. Court records cost $3 per request of any request delivered by email and $3 plus $0.25 per page for printed copies.

Multnomah County Family Court Records

Multnomah County family court records are legal proceedings involving domestic and family matters. These include adoption, child custody and visitation, legal separations, abuse, annulments, divorces, alimony, child support, and parental rights.

The family court is part of the Multnomah County Circuit Court. Hence, family court records can be accessed from the Circuit Court Records Department. Copies of records can be ordered by sending a record request form to the Multnomah County Courthouse by mail or Email.

Requesters can look up simple case details and records using the public access computers in the circuit courthouse. Record requests can also be made at the Multnomah Court Records Office in room 3315 on the third floor of the central courthouse.

Online requests can be made using the online request form or the Free Record Search tool located on the Oregon Judicial Branch website. Users can select a preferred delivery method for online requests, which can be mail, email, or in-person pickup.

Multnomah Dissolution of Marriage Records.

Multnomah dissolution of marriage records are legal documentation of cases involving divorces, legal separations, and annulments within the county. The family court department of the Multnomah County Circuit Court hears these types of cases. Record seekers may access these from the circuit court in person, by mail, or using online resources like the online court record request form.

Multnomah County Marriage and Divorce Records

Members of the public can obtain Multnomah marriage and divorce records from different government agencies. Marriage records can be obtained from the Multnomah County Department of Assessment, Recording, and Taxation-Customer Service Office while Divorce records can be obtained from the Family Court division of the Multnomah County Circuit Court. On the state level, both of these records can be obtained from the Oregon Health Authority Center for Health Statistics.

Certified or uncertified copies of Multnomah County marriage records from 1990 to the present can be ordered online using the county Digital Research Room. Once the online ordering process is complete, the request can choose to have the record returned by mail or pick them up at the customer service office at:

501 SE Hawthorne Blvd #175
Portland OR 97214

The requester can also mail a completed Certified Copy Request form to the office. Mail requests and payment for requested copies can be sent to:

ML/DP RECORDS
P.O. Box 2716
Portland OR 97208-2716

Online and mail orders will be processed within one to two business days. The first copy of the marriage record costs $7.75, and each additional copy ordered simultaneously costs $4. Payment for mailed requests is acceptable in checks, cashier checks, and money orders payable to the Multnomah County recorder. Cash and card payments are also accepted during in-person and online requests or in-person pickups. A convenience charge of 2% is applied to all credit and debit card payments.

Records of marriages between 1980 and 1989 are available using the marriage index at the office. In comparison, records of marriages before 1980 can only be obtained via in-person visits to the office or requests by mail using the record request form.

Multnomah County divorce records can be obtained like any other records from the Family Court section of the county circuit court. Divorce records can be ordered by sending a Record Request to the address on the request form or by email to MUL.Records@ojd.state.or.us.

Multnomah Birth and Death Records

The Vital Records Office in Multnomah County registers and records all Multnomah County births and deaths. Certified copies of county birth and death records are only available for six months after the event. After six months, Multnomah County birth and death records can only be ordered from the Oregon Health Authority Center for Health Statistics. Birth and Death records are important when verifying an individual's nationality, identity, and age.

Birth records can be obtained coming into the vital records office with the following information:

  • Full name on the record
  • Date of birth
  • Hospital and county of birth
  • Mother’s full maiden name
  • The requester’s name and address
  • Requester’s phone number
  • Relationship to the subject of the record
  • A copy of the requester's current photo ID

Requesters can also mail a Birth Certificate Request form in English or Spanish to the Multnomah Vital Records office at:

Multnomah Vital Records
847 NE 19TH Avenue, Suite 350
Portland, Oregon 97232

Copies of Multnomah County birth records cost $25 for each copy. Payment is accepted in checks or money orders payable to Multnomah County Vital Records.

Multnomah County death records can be ordered by providing the following information during a visit to the vital records office.

  • Name of the deceased on the record
  • Date and place of the event
  • Relationship to the name on the record or a copy of your legal reason for needing a certificate
  • A copy of the requester’s current photo ID
  • One of the following: birth certificate of the family member ordering the certificate, marriage certificate of the decedent's partner, or power of attorney(eligibility)

Requests can also be made by mailing an English or Spanish Death Certificate form at the above mailing address. Death records from the Multnomah Vital Records cost $25. Requesters can pay this fee via check or money order payable to Multnomah County Vital Records.

Anybody with questions or inquiries can contact the Multnomah County Vital Records using the following details.

Vital Records
847 NE 19th Ave,
Suite 350
Portland, Oregon (Map)
Phone: (503) 988-3745
Email: vitals@multco.us

Multnomah County Probate Court Records

The probate court in Multnomah County is part of the circuit court and deals with cases involving disputes and contesting of wills, administration of estates and trusts, as well as guardianships and conservatorships of incapacitated adults and minors.

Multnomah County probate court records are in the custody of the records department of the Multnomah County Circuit Court. As the general repository of court records for the county, the record department receives and responds to court record requests in the county.

Interested persons can probate records and any other court records in person, by email, by mail, and even online. Although some online searches allow looking up court records for free, most requests and acquiring physical copies will incur Fees,

Multnomah County Property Records

Multnomah County property records document land and real estate transactions within the county. Such records include information about its description, ownership, valuation, and taxation, as well as mortgages, deeds, and various types of liens. These types of property records are the responsibility of the Multnomah County Recorder and the Multnomah County Assessor.

Interested parties can access Multnomah County property records in person, by mail, and online. To research records in person, requesters may schedule an appointment for their visit or simply walk in during office hours(between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.). The county department of assessment, recording, and taxation(DART) customer service office is located at:

501 SE Hawthorne Blvd #175
Portland OR 97214

The office provides access to computer terminals in the public research area where records can be researched and printed out for a fee. Record seekers can also access records offline by submitting a Recorded Document Request Form at the counter or by mail. Information required for the request includes:

  • Document Type
  • Full name on the document
  • Year of recording
  • Document number( or book and page) additional information may be required if this is unavailable

Requests for recorded documents and research quotes can be emailed to clerk@multco.us, or requests and payment can be mailed to:

Multnomah County Recorder
P.O. Box 5007,
Portland OR 97208

On the other hand, requests for assessor records and research quotes can be emailed to propertytax@multco.us or requests mailed to:

Multnomah County D.A.R.T
P.O. Box 2716,
Portland OR 97208

Fees for printing records from public terminals are $0.25 for standard copies. Certified copies cost $4 for the first page and $0.25 for each additional page. When documents are requested over the counter or by mailed requests, standard copies cost $4 for the first page and $0.25 for each additional page, while certified copies cost $7.75 for the first page and $0.25 for each extra page. Fees are accepted in cash, checks, debit/credit cards(plus a 2% convenience fee for cards), cashier’s checks, and money orders.

Checks and money orders should be made payable to the Multnomah County Recorder.

Multnomah County property records can be researched and ordered online from the Multnomah County Digital Research Room. requesters should note that researching and ordering records costs various fees..

Multnomah County Court Records Online

Multnomah County court records can be accessed and ordered online from government and third-party websites like courtrecords.us. Third-party public record websites are databases managed by private companies and individuals that gather and maintain public records from various sources, including courthouses and numerous online resources.

Record seekers can conveniently access court records from numerous jurisdictions from the comfort of homes or their offices without visiting an actual courthouse. All they require is an internet-ready device and a decent internet connection. The search tools on this site are also designed for ease of use, with a simple name as the main search criteria.

However, it should be noted that most third-party websites will charge a monthly or yearly subscription for their service. Also, information and records on such websites may not be the most accurate or current as they may not have been obtained from official sources. Users are advised to cross-check records obtained from third-party websites with official government sources.

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