Harney County Court
We welcome you to Harney County! The County Court is an administrative body with duties directly related to the County's government. The Court is made up of three elected officials (County Judge and two County Commissioners) and provides direction and guidance for the County in policy and rules.
Harney County is a magnificent area with room enough to grow and the natural resources to support a wide variety of industries including agriculture, manufacturing and hi-tech development. There are many features of the County that are attractive for individuals and families. For the outdoor enthusiast, there is no other place like it. For details on the activities and economic development efforts happening visit the Harney County Economic Development page in the Doing Business section.
Harney County, as well as Malheur County, Grant County, Sherman County, Wheeler County and Gilliam County, continue to operate under the historical County Court form of Government, that being said, the Probate Jurisdiction lies in the County Courts of these Counties as per ORS 111.075.
Estate, and protective proceedings are complicated matters and you may find it helpful to consult an attorney. The County Clerk and /or Court staff is prohibited from providing you with legal advice, acting as your attorney or assisting you in preparation of paperwork. The County Clerk’s Office does not provide legal forms with the exception of the Affidavit of Small Estate, and the yearly report form for guardians of adults and accountings. For further probate information, here is a link to the Harney County Clerk Probate page.
Pete Runnels, County Judge
450 N. Buena Vista #5
Burns, OR 97720
Kerry Opie, Administrative Assistant
The Harney County Court meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month starting at 10 AM.
County Court Meeting Agendas:
- Harney County Court Agenda for June 5, 2019
- Harney County Court Agenda for May 22, 2019
- Harney County Court Agenda for May 8, 2019
- Harney County Court Agenda for April 23, 2019
- Harney County Court Agenda for April 10, 2019
- Harney County Court Agenda for March 27, 2019
- Harney County Court Agenda for March 13, 2019
- Harney County Court Agenda for February 20, 2019
- Harney County Court Agenda for February 6, 2019
- Harney County Court Agenda for January 16, 2019
- Harney County Court Agenda for January 2, 2019
- Harney County Court Archive
County Court Minutes:
- May 22, 2019
- May 8, 2019
- April 23, 2019
- April 10, 2019
- March 27, 2019
- March 13, 2019
- February 20, 2019
- February 6, 2019
- January 16, 2019
- January 2, 2019
- December 19, 2018
- December 5, 2018
- Harney County Court Archive
To the People of Harney County,
Harney County government is experiencing a financial crisis. Beginning in 2018, the County Judge and Treasurer discovered that for many years -- five years at a minimum, but possibly longer -- the budget process each year had proceeded based on a significantly over-stated beginning fund balance. That meant the County passed budgets that exceeded yearly revenue. Please follow this link to view the full letter from the Harney County Court to the People of Harney County regarding the budget crisis.