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.]

Family Law Self-Help Videos at Washington County (Oregon) Circuit Court

Family Law Self-Help Videos in English and Spanish, including:

Introduction to Washington County Circuit Court Family Law Videos


Discovery (providing information to or gathering information from the other party)

How to Prepare for your Family Law Trial





Descubrimiento (proporcionar información a o recopilación de información de la otra parte)

Cómo prepararse para su juicio sobre derecho familiar


Email Phishing Scam Warning from Oregon Court of Appeals

“False “Court Case” Phishing Email Scam Widely Circulating in regards to Claiming to be from the Oregon Court of Appeals

The Oregon Judicial Department and the Appellate Records Office is warning the public about a potential computer virus that is being delivered via an email falsely claiming to be about an Oregon court case. The email references an upcoming court case; however, the email is a scam. Opening any attachment or clicking on any link in the message may trigger a malicious program designed to infect the recipient’s computer.

The email is not from the Oregon state courts nor is it about a court case. If you do have a case pending with the Court of Appeals and need to confirm a correspondence you received, please contact the Oregon Appellate Records Office at 503-986-5555….

Read the full media release at the Oregon Judicial Department’s website.

Oregon Judicial DEPARTMENT is now the Oregon Judicial BRANCH

Remember Measure 78 (2011 HJR 44) in the November 2012 election? No?

Here is the vote count: yes: 1,165,963 to no: 458,509 and here is a Measure 78 summary:

Amends Constitution: Changes constitutional language describing governmental system of separation of powers; makes grammatical and spelling changes.

Result of “Yes” Vote: “Yes” vote modernizes constitutional language describing separation of poers to refer to three “branches” (instead of three “departments”) of government; makes other grammatical, spelling changes.

Summary: Amends constitution. Measure makes nonsubstantive changes to wording now contained in the Oregon constitution. Current state constitutional language describes the governmental separation of powers to be divided into three separate “departments”: Legislative, Executive (including Administrative), and Judicial. Measure modernizes this constitutional phrasing by changing it to refer to three separate “branches” of government, which conforms to more contemporary, commonly-used designations for these separate divisions of government. Measure changes the description of the two houses of the Legislature to two” chambers” of the Legislature (rather than two “branches” of the Legislature), which also reflects more modem designations for them. Measure additionally modernizes spelling and makes grammatical changes to replace existing references to the Secretary of State as “he,” “him,” and “his” with gender-neutral wording….”

You can see the full text of this measure at the Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division, or at the Legislature’s website.

OJD study of historical funding for programs formerly paid for through court fees

Report to the Oregon Legislature: “OJD study of historical funding for programs formerly paid for through court fees”

Full title: Report to the Legislature: HB 4168 (ch 48, Or Laws 2012): OJD study of historical funding for programs formerly paid for through court fees: county mediation/conciliation and law library programs, December 2012, Oregon Judicial Department.

Note: this report does not factor in the fund reductions that occurred in some law libraries pursuant to SB 1579 [2012 Oregon Laws 107 § 74].