County Court

Staff: Dan Joyce, County Judge, Larry Wilson and Don Hodge, Commissioners
Phone:  (541) 473-5124
Fax:  (541) 473-5168
Email: or
Mailing address: 251 "B" St. West, Suite 5
Vale, OR 97918
Where? The County Judge's office is located on the first floor of the county courthouse in Room 106.
Department at a glance: Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Regular meetings are held each Wednesday. They are public meetings except for executive sessions. Anyone wishing to speak to the commissioners during County Court is advised to make an appointment.



Malheur County Court Public Notices








Malheur County is one of a few unique Oregon counties with a County Judge who is the chair of the three-person Commission. The County Judge is full-time and the two commissioners are two-fifths time. The County Judge has the authority to preside over probate matters and perform weddings. The Judge is elected for a six-year term, while the Commissioners are elected for a four-year term.

The County Court is not a court of law, and does not preside over trials, sentence defendants or have jurisdiction over the legal community.

Photo: Malheur County Judge Dan Joyce Photo: Malheur County Commissioner Wilson  

County Judge
Dan Joyce


Larry Wilson


Don Hodge