“The Oregon Judicial Department is pleased to provide free online access to limited case information in the circuit courts and Tax Court of this state. The displayed information is not the official ORS 7.020 register record, and, therefore, should not be relied upon as an official record of the court. Specifically, individuals should not use this system for background checks or other purposes that require more complete identity or case information. The full official register for non-confidential case types can be accessed at the courthouse public terminals or, for certain business entities, through a subscription to OJCIN Online.” [Link to portal.]
You can link directly to the 2011-2014 Oregon Judicial Branch Four Year Report or, if that link doesn’t work, visit the OJD homepage or the OJD Media Releases page and start searching. You’ll find lots of other interesting information, too.
Statistics on litigants without lawyers are staggering and deeply disturbing. People need lawyers. Navigating the legal system, the court system, and indeed, even just reading a contract you think you want to sign requires a level of legal literacy and analysis beyond what even the best legal researcher can acquire. People need the advice of lawyers. But that costs money.
Excerpt from the report:
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.]
“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….”
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.
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].