Take the Multnomah Central (Circuit) Courthouse Community Survey

Central Courthouse Community Survey

Multnomah County is well on its way to replacing the Central Courthouse.

The current courthouse, located on Southwest 4th Avenue in downtown Portland, was built between 1909 and 1914. Today, it is both structurally and functionally obsolete. The building does not meet current seismic codes, is overcrowded and presents serious safety concerns for the public due to poor separation of criminal defendants from judges, witnesses and court personnel….” [Link to Survey.]

“Oregon Statutory Time Limitations” 2014 Edition (BarBooks)

The 2014 edition of Oregon Statutory Time Limitations is available on BarBooks.

Oregon lawyers have access through the bar association and others through the county law libraries that subscribe to BarBooks.

(In the past one could purchase a print copy of this book. We don’t know yet if this one will be available in print or digital format for purchase and use outside of BarBooks.)

Quotation of the Week, re Moving Work to Customers

“…. A subtle, calculated business principle enabled by today’s electronic technology and increasingly used by businesses and government is to move work to customers….

From: NCSC’s “Multnomah County, Oregon, Circuit Court New Central Courthouse Planning and Space Programming Final Report,” August 2014

Context: “…. 1.2. Customer-Centric, Customer-Friendly Work Processes

A subtle, calculated business principle enabled by today’s electronic technology and increasingly used by businesses and government is to move work to customers. Electronic banking, airline ticket purchases, and internet shopping (i.e., Amazon, E-Bay, Hotel.com, etc.) are prime examples, as is e-filing. By doing so, the number of business transactions that require staff to engage in one-to-one (i.e., face-to-face, phone-to-phone, email-to-email, etc.) contact with a court user is reduced, saving time, money – and space – while enhancing productivity and efficiency….”  [Page 18 of the report, page 27 of the PDF.]

PACER Update: How to Find Federal Court Documents Removed by the U.S. Administrative Office of the Courts

The University of North Carolina Law Library has developed a guide on:

Accessing Docket Information Directly from the Courts Affected by the Removal of Information.

Previous OLR blog posts on the most recent removal of PACER documents:

Updates (and venting) on PACER and AOC Removal of Court Documents
It’s not all online, folks: PACER Removes Many Federal Court Documents

Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) Ombudsmen Office

Complaints, concerns, and questions for DHS? Can’t get an answer from department personnel?

Visit the Governor’s Advocacy Office, which includes the Department of Human Services Ombudsmen, the Children’s Ombudsman, and the DHS Client Complaint or Report of Discrimination process.

Mandatory eFiling for Oregon Attorneys, December 1, 2014

Excerpt from the CJ announcement (link from Oregon LPM blog):

Mandatory eFiling Plan for Attorneys Filing in Oregon State Courts

Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer, Oregon Supreme Court, has approved a plan for the move to a mandatory eFiling requirement for attorneys filing as es in Oregon’s circuit and appellate courts. The Oregon Judicial department will circulate proposed court rules in the upcoming months for comment. he plan calls for a mandatory date of December 1, 2014 for the eleven circuit courts that currently have the Oregon eCourt system, including the filing component (File and Serve), and includes a transition plan for those courts that implement later….” [Link to Law Practice Management blog post.]