Portland’s Street Roots newspaper has some terrific reporting on a wide variety of topics. This article is from a November 2016 issue; you can find other articles at their website.
This is not, however, to discourage those of you lucky enough to be able to buy a print Street Roots from their vendors!
“Dishonorable: The trouble with Oregon’s judicial elections,“ by Emily Green, 3 Nov 2016 Street Roots:
Read the OJD press release:
Accessing court information will now be easier for the public. The Oregon Judicial Department has made basic case information available for free through an online search portal.
Lawyers in large law firms usually have databases, couriers, professional law librarians and money to help them locate full-text copies of court documents quickly. What are mere mortals to do? There is actually quite a bit.
Mere mortals who want Oregon appellate court documents have their own “points of access” and it’s going to get better:
1) How to Find Oregon Appellate Court Briefs research guide, which will be updated shortly
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:
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].