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Proposed changes to the Uniform Trial Court Rules (UTCR) and Supplementary Local Rules (SLR) are reviewed annually by the UTCR Committee.  The committee makes recommendations to approve, disapprove or modify these proposals.  After considering these recommendations, the Chief Justice or the entire Supreme Court, reaches a final decision on whether to approve or disapprove a proposed change.

 
The UTCR Committee meets twice per year. The annual fall meeting is the only time the Committee accepts proposals for changes to the UTCR. After reviewing each proposal, the Committee makes preliminary recommendations that are posted on the UTCR webpage to solicit public comment. The Committee reviews these public comments and makes final recommendations at the annual spring meeting.
 
The Committee also reviews all SLR at the fall meeting. Unless disapproved, these SLR become effective on February 1 of each year.
 
In 2018, the Committee will meet on April 6 and October 5. The meetings are open to the public, are accessible to persons with a disability, and will take place at the OJD Enterprise Technology Services Division, Columbia Room, 1158 Chemeketa Street NE, Salem, Oregon. As this is a secure building, please contact the UTCR Reporter if you wish to attend a Committee meeting. If you have a disability that requires an accommodation under the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), please contact the UTCR Reporter at least 48 hours before the meeting.
 
Anyone may submit proposals to the UTCR Committee for consideration. If you wish to do so, please fully explain the problem you wish to solve and prepare specific wording for the Committee to consider. You should plan on attending the meeting to explain the proposal and answer any questions the Committee may have. Please submit your proposal to the UTCR Reporter by September 1.
  • Lifecycle image​​​Jan. 1 - SLR - Certified final hard and electronic version of SLR due in the Office of the State Court Administrator
  • Early Jan - UTCR - Proposed UTCR changes posted on the Oregon Judicial Department website for public comment.​
  • Feb. 1 - SLR - SLR that have not been disapproved become effective. UTCR 1.050(2)(d).
  • April - UTCR - UTCR Committee meets to review public comment and make recommendations on proposed UTCR changes.​
  • By June 13 - UTCR - Chief Justice Order adopting final UTCR with changes must be posted on the Oregon Judicial Department website.
  • July 14 - SLR - Last day for judicial districts to give written notice of proposed SLR changes to local bar president. UTCR 1.050(2)(a).​
  • Aug. 1 - UTCR - Proposed changes to UTCR become effective. UTCR 1.020(2).​
  • Sept. 1 - SLR - Proposed SLR must be received by the State Court Administrator. UTCR 1.050(2)(b).
  • Oct. - SLR & UTCR - UTCR Committee meets to review proposed SLR and UTCR and makes recommendations.​
  • Late Nov. - SLR - Memo to judicial districts regarding SLR recommendations made by the UTCR Committee.​
  • Late Nov. to early Dec. - SLR - Negotiations regarding SLR recommendations made by the UTCR Committee.​
  • Dec. 15 - SLR - Chief Justice must exercise any disapprovals of proposed SLR by this date. UTCR 1.050(2)(c).​ 

Members of the Committee

Member

Appointed

Term

Term Expires

The Hon. Wells B. Ashby
Deschutes County Circuit Court

01/2014

2nd

12/31/2019

The Hon. Stephen K. Bushong
Multnomah County Circuit Court

01/2017

1st

12/31/2019

Craig M. Cowley
Attorney, Portland

01/2014

2nd

12/31/2019

The Hon. Andrew R. Erwin
Washington County Circuit Court

01/2014

2nd

12/31/2019

Bryan B. Francesconi
Attorney, Portland

06/2017

1st

12/31/2019

Linda Hukari
Trial Court Administrator, Benton County Circuit Court

01/2015

2nd

12/31/2020

The Hon. Lung S. Hung
Malheur County Circuit Court​

01/2017

1st

12/31/2019

Zachary L. Mazer
Attorney, Salem

09/2016

1st

12/31/2018

The Hon. Tracy A. Prall
Marion County Circuit Court

01/2014

2nd

12/31/2019

Janet Schroer, Committee Chair
Attorney, Portland

01/2015

2nd

12/31/2020

The Hon. Charles M. Zennaché
Lane County Circuit Court

01/2017

1st

12/31/2019

Vacant

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vacant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce C. Miller
UTCR Reporter (503.986.5500)

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​The UTCR Reporter performs administrative functions on behalf of the UTCR Committee and is the most appropriate way to communicate with the committee. The Reporter may be contacted at UTCR@ojd.state.or.us or by mail or telephone at:

 Contact

UTCR Reporter
Office of the State Court Administrator
1163 State Street
Salem, OR 97301-2563
Telephone: 503.986.5500
Fax: 503.986.5503
TTY: Oregon Relay Service 711
 

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