March 17, 2020

Latest information on the Oregon court system.

We assured you we would keep you updated as we learned more information about the impact of Covid-19 on the legal system. At this time we expect most cases set for hearing in the next month or so to be postponed, with the exception of urgent issues (which is defined by the court, not the lawyers or parties). The information we’ve learned is below.
On March 16, 2020, Martha L. Walters, Oregon Chief Justice, issued Chief Justice Order No. 20-006. The Chief Justice’s Order imposes “Level Three” restrictions on court operations, beginning no later than the beginning of the business day on March 18, 2020, through at least March 27, 2020.
Under Section 4(f) of Chief Justice Order No. 20-006, the Court shall postpone and not schedule any other in-person hearings or trials during the period of these Level 3 restrictions, except in the following circumstances:
1.  Motion for Expedited Parenting Time;
2.  Immediate Danger motions and hearings;
3.  Protective Order applications (Family Abuse Prevention Act, Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act, Sex Abuse Protective Orders, Emergency Risk Protection Orders, and Stalking Orders);
4.  Contested Protective Order hearings (such as FAPA’s, stalking orders, immediate danger orders); and
5.  In-custody Violation of Restraining Order trials
If your case is set for a hearing between now and at least March 27th, and the hearing is not one of the hearings listed above, than it is very likely postponed. Chief Justice Order No. 20-006 was issued late in the day on March 16th and the impact on the court system will likely be updated as the situation continues to change.
If you have any questions or concerns about how your case may be affected, please call or email us. Despite developments of the last week, we are open for business (remotely) and here to answer your questions.