Judicial Screening Process
Governor Kate Brown announced that she is accepting applications to fill two judicial vacancies on the Multnomah County Circuit Court created by the planned retirement of Judge Angel Lopez and Judge Leslie Roberts. The governor's interest form is due to the governor's office by Monday, April 19 at 5 p.m. The MBA judicial application is due to the MBA Judicial Screening Committee by Monday, April 19 at 5 p.m. Details are below.
Judicial Vacancies - Process and Forms
Judicial applicants for a Multnomah County Circuit Court vacancy are required to submit the "MBA Application for Judicial Vacancy" to the MBA Judicial Screening Committee and participate in the MBA's judicial screening process.
- Please note
- The MBA judicial application should be submitted via email to Pamela Hubbs (firstname.lastname@example.org). Electronic or digital signatures are acceptable. Please do not mail a hard copy.
- For questions about the governor's appointment process, or to request the governor's judicial interest form, contact Shevaun Gutridge (503.378.6246, email@example.com). The interest form is also available online.
New and Renewing Pro Tem Applicants - Process and Forms
- Please note
- Both the MBA and supreme court applications are required for the MBA judicial screening process.
- Application materials should be submitted via email to Pamela Hubbs (firstname.lastname@example.org). Electronic or digital signatures are acceptable. Please do not mail a hard copy.
- Contact Pamela Hubbs (503.854.5237, email@example.com) to request the MBA pro tem application in Microsoft Word.
- Please allow sufficient time for the review process. We highly encourage pro tem judges whose appointment renewal date occurs May through November 2021 to submit their application materials by April 23 in order to be vetted and reviewed by the committee in May.
- The committee does not meet in June, July or August.
- Pro tem applications received in the late spring or summer will be assigned in September to be vetted by the Judicial Screening Committee and will be reviewed at their October meeting.
The Courts and COVID-19 Updates
Multnomah County Courts' COVID-19 notices
Chief Justice Order Issued March 11, 2021
Chief Justice Martha Lee Walters issued Chief Justice Order 21-009, to go into effect March 15, 2021. CJO 21-009 imposes updated restrictions on court operations to continue to meet the court's obligation to the public while also continuing to minimize health risks for judges, staff, litigants and case participants, interpreters, and members of the public who come into Oregon courthouses and offices. Read CJO 21-009 here.
Multnomah County Presiding Judge Orders
Presiding Judge Stephen Bushong's Presiding Judge Orders for Multnomah County Circuit Court operations may be found here.
FAQs for Physically Distanced Jury Trials
Felony Pre-Trial Conference Checklist
ResourcesMultnomah County Deposition Guidelines
State Circuit Court Fee Schedule
US District Court Fee Schedule
Recommended Practices for Civil Jury Trials in Multnomah County Circuit Court
Attorney Reference Manual - Updated October 2018
The Attorney Reference Manual is provided as an aid to attorneys practicing before the Circuit Court in Multnomah County. It is intended only to provide assistance regarding some local internal practices, primarily in the area of civil practice, which are determined by common law, rules and statutory authority (including the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure, Uniform Trial Court Rules, and Supplementary Local Rules). This manual deals with procedures and practices in Presiding Court for civil cases. For procedures and information regarding criminal and family court matters, please contact the appropriate section or department.
OJD CJI Task Force Report
The Justice Initiative Task Force Report and Executive Summary is now posted on the OJD and MBA websites. The report evaluates civil case management in the Oregon state courts and makes recommendations for civil justice improvements in a variety of areas. Executive Summary
Read the full report here
Civil Motion Panel Statement of Consensus
, updated August 2018
eCourt Open Hours
The court provides noontime interactive training to answer questions about File & Serve and eCourt. Upcoming dates are available on the court website
Chief Justice Walters' Recommended Budget
The 2019-21 budget request may be viewed here
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Oregon eCourt System Components Overview - DEFINITIONS OF SYSTEMS
The Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) is the original green-screen, COBOL-language case management system developed in the 1980s, and running to this day as the heart of the Oregon Judicial Department's circuit court case management system. Within the scope of OJIN is included the Financial Information and Accounting System, and a later-developed Graphical User Interface (GUI) component to the original OJIN, known as GUI/OJIN. OJIN will run forever, but it will never leave the 1980s, and everyone who knows how to program in COBOL has retired or will soon. On both scores, it is time to move to web-based technology and a person-based system.
OJIN OnLine is the version of OJIN that can be run externally from the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) network over the web. Using third-party software, users access an image of OJIN. It is a subscriber-based system based on usage. To use the system, offices buy one or more log-on credentials and pay a monthly fee for use. One log on could be used serially by many individuals, one at a time.
In June of 2012, the OJIN OnLine log on changed. There were now two icons on the screen - one for OJIN, and a new one for the Oregon eCourt Case Information (OECI) system. With the passage of HB 4066, the name OJIN OnLine may soon be replaced with Oregon Judicial Case Information Network (OJCIN). The main change accomplished by HB 4066 is the perpetuation of revenue and fees for access and use of OJCIN systems made up of Appellate Case Management System (ACMS), OJIN, OECI and Oregon eFile and Serve for now. The revenue collected from these fees is dedicated to the support and maintenance of the OJCIN systems.
The Oregon eCourt Case Information system is the name given to the new system by the OJD. The entire system comprises components purchased or operated by Tyler Technologies, Inc., the vendor of Odyssey. Odyssey is a "person-based" case, document and revenue management system; it is the heart of the Oregon eCourt. When you hear someone from OJD refer to "Odyssey," they are speaking specifically about this case management component, which holds all the case documents, all the case hearings, all of the case revenue transactions, and all of the related software to permit this system to be the management system for Oregon's circuit courts. About 12 states have selected Tyler Technologies' Odyssey product as a statewide solution for their court systems.
Oregon eFile and Serve
Another product that is a part of Oregon eCourt is the Tyler Technologies' electronic filing software known as File and Serve. This product was acquired by Tyler Technologies and was known formerly as Wiznet eFile and Serve. Tyler now operates this product under its own name. The financial model for Odyssey eFile and Serve is "software as a service," and there is a fee for each use of the system. In 2013, it was decided that the fee for using the Oregon eFile and Serve system would be covered by a one-time, 5%, across-the-board increase in filing fees dedicated to this purpose. HB 4066 has made that revenue stream, and the fee increase, a permanent part of the structure. The "user" fee for Oregon eFile and Serve will be paid from this source, and not directly by the party using the system.