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Oregon Court Decisions
A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.
Oregon Constitution and Legislation
See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
NOTE—The Oregon Legislature convenes in odd-numbered years for regular sessions. Normally there is no legislation in even-numbered years.
Oregon Rules of Procedure and Practice
NOTE—Rules of evidence for Oregon state courts are compiled in the Oregon Evidence Code, which is chapter 40 of the Oregon Revised Statutes, and in chapters 41-through-45. Oregon circuit courts are also governed by uniform trial court rules and supplementary local rules (both are linked above) as well as the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure. The chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court promulgates the uniform trial court rules; each circuit court adopts its own supplementary local rules (with the approval of the chief justice). See an outline showing what rules are applicable in particular Oregon courts.
Oregon Court Rules — Interim Amendments
[Oregon Judicial Dep't] — These are rules amendments not yet incorporated into the compiled rules.
Oregon Code of Judicial Conduct
[Oregon State Bar]
Oregon Administrative Law Sources
See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
- Oregon Bulletin (Or. Bull.)
- Opinions ♦ Decisions ♦ Orders ♦ Rulings
Oregon Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters
Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
Oregon Law-Related Periodicals
Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Oregon law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.
- Lewis & Clark Law Review (Lewis & Clark L. Rev.)
Formerly titled Journal of Small & Emerging Business Law (until 2004).
- Oregon Law Review (Or. L. Rev.)
Other Oregon Commentary
- Media Handbook on Oregon Law and Court System
[Open Oregon] — This handbook is also available in a PDF file, MEDIA-GUIDE.PDF (442KB).
- A Quick Reference Guide to Oregon’s Public Meetings Law
- A Quick Reference Guide to Oregon’s Public Records Law
- Youth Faces the Law: A Juvenile Rights Handbook
[Multnomah Bar Ass’n, Young Lawyers Section]
- A Lawyer’s Guide to Doing Business in Oregon. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.
Oregon Law-Related Topical Web Sites
Oregon Court Information
Oregon has 36 counties organized into 27 judicial districts with circuit courts. Each county has a circuit court, which is the court of general jurisdiction. See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, see Judgepedia, a Wikipedia-style web site, self-described as “an encyclopedia about judges and courts,” which is maintained by the Sam Adams Alliance (Illinois).
Revenue Department — Tax Forms
Business Entity Forms
Other Oregon Resources
Consulate General of Canada in Seattle
Canadian consular services for Oregon residents.
Consulate General of Mexico in Portland • Consulado General de México en Portland
Legal Research and Assistance
Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Oregon Residents
[Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Oregon law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Oregon.
Low-Cost Legal Aid
See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
- Oregon Legal Help for the Poor
[Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
- WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help
[WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.
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