What is on the last page of your order or judgment?

October 2007
By Judge John Wittmayer, Multnomah County Circuit Court

Have you prepared (or seen) an order or judgment that runs a little longer than you thought it might run, and spills over onto one page more than you thought? Sometimes we see orders or judgments that contain only the judge's signature portion of the document on the last page. UTCR 12(a) requires that the page prepared for the judge's signature must contain at least two lines of the text. The rule also requires you to include below the judge's signature line the printed name of the judge, if the order or judgment is prepared for the signature of a particular judge. You should also include a date line for the judge to use when he/she signs the order or judgment.