Who appoints the Circuit Court Presiding Judges?
Experienced lawyers tell new lawyers this all the time: Read the Statute!
You can be sure that most judges read the statutes and if they don’t (but they do!), you can be absolutely, positively sure that the Oregon appellate court judges read the statutes.
Of course, legal researchers often learn that it’s not enough just to read the statute, but you can’t NOT read the statute.