September 26, 2019

Oregon File and Serve Closed on Monday, September 30, 2019

On Monday, September 30, 2019, the Oregon Judicial Department will close OJD File & Serve for approximately 7 hours next week.

Chief Justice Walters signed Chief Justice Order 19-061, which closes File & Serve from 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 30 to 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1. This closure is necessary to update the system to reflect court fees modified by House Bill 3447 and take effect on October 1, 2019.

Closing filing hours early, since the filing day ends at 11:59:59 p.m., triggers ORS 174.120, which extends statutory time limitations to the end of the next day. Please be aware, therefore, that many deadlines that would have previously fallen on September 30 will now fall on October 1.

If you have additional questions about this closure, please contact your local court clerk for more information.

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New Court Filing Fees Take Effect October 1

During the 2019 session, the legislature passed HB 3447, which increased filing fees. The new fee schedule will take effect on October 1, 2019. The majority of fees impacted by the bill will increase by 6% from previous levels. Be sure to check for increased fees beginning on October 1.

As part of the process for implementing the new fee schedule, the OJD will be closing the File and Serve system at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 30. The system is scheduled to be down for 7 hours. The new fee schedule will also be available on the OJD website after that time.

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2020 and 2021 Legislative Concepts Discussed in Salem

Last week the 90 members of the legislature returned to Salem for the September Legislative and Task Force Days. While there were early discussions of a possible legislative special session addressing Senate Bill 1013, the Governor ultimately announced that a special session would not take place.

A number of potential concepts and issues for the 2020 and 2021 legislative sessions were discussed. During the meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Wednesday, the committees held an informational hearing.  The agenda included the following topics:

      • Body cameras in Oregon
      • Community Corrections funding
      • Foote v. State (SC S065883
      • The Indian Child Welfare Act
      • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status
      • Improving developmentally disabled adults’ interactions with the Criminal Justice System
      • Wine labeling (Senate only)

The following day, the Attorney General’s Consumer Privacy Task Force held its inaugural meeting. The work group will explore a variety of issues including, but not limited to:

      • Use of biometrics
      • Right to correction
      • Special protections for minors

Use and protection of data by law enforcement, the medical community, and local and state government will be covered in other work groups. The Task Force, organized led by Oregon Department of Justice, aims to develop legislative concepts and language for the 2021 legislative session.

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Oregon Supreme Court Building to Close

Oregon’s historic Supreme Court building will close in November 2019 for an extensive renovation project. The building is expected to close for approximately two years, during which time major upgrades will be made to modernize the structure and ensure its long-term continued use.

Most offices currently located in the courthouse will be moved to other locations in Salem. Arguments in the Oregon Supreme Court and in the Oregon Court of Appeals will be heard at other venues, including at the Justice Building across the street.

For detailed information please visit the Oregon Judicial Department’s website.

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    2019 Legislation Highlights Will be Published in October

    This fall the Oregon State Bar will be releasing the 2019 Oregon Legislation Highlights. Each year the Bar produces a book detailing many of the more significant bills passed by the legislature during the recently completed session. Bill summaries are arranged by topic, allowing lawyers to easily review those that may be relevant to their practice. Summaries are authored by other attorneys who are experienced in the area of law on which they are writing, and often include useful practice tips for lawyers who are working with the new laws. Legislation Highlights is available free online for Bar members through BarBooks. Legislation Highlights can be a valuable tool to provide law practitioners keep up with the latest changes to Oregon law.

    If you have any questions or need more information about the 2019 Legislation Highlights, please contact the Bar’s Public Affairs Department.

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    Save the Date – October 14 Wellness/Mental Health CLE

    On October 14, 2019, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees will host a Wellness/Mental Health CLE (application pending) in Salem at the Oregon State Capitol. Vanessa Nordyke, past-president of the Oregon State Bar, will present the CLE in Hearing Room C from noon to 1:00 p.m.

    On January 1, 2019, the Oregon Supreme Court approved a new MCLE rule requiring one hour per reporting period on the subject of mental health, substance use, and cognitive impairment. This requirement replaced one of the general/practical skills credits. For those bar members who need to report their CLE credits by December 31, 2019, this CLE will meet the new requirement.

    If you have any questions or need more information about the Wellness/Mental Health CLE, please contact Amy Zubko at [email protected].

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    2019 Public Affairs Committee Members

    Eric Foster, Chair
    Eddie Medina, Vice Chair
    Whitney Boise
    John Bachofner
    Kate Denning
    Kamron Graham
    Bik-Na Han
    Michael Rondeau 

    Public Affairs Department

    Susan Grabe, Public Affairs Director
    Amy Zubko, Public Affairs Legislative Attorney
    Matt Shields, Public Affairs Staff Attorney
    Kellie Baumann, Public Affairs Assistant

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