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Municipal, county, and justice courts are "local" courts outside the state-funded court system. Their jurisdiction is limited to violations, lesser crimes, and some other less serious cases. Here are links to general information in the Oregon Bluebook on:
Oregon also has a federal trial court, federal bankruptcy court, federal appellate court, and trial and appellate tribal courts.
Although the state court system has no administrative control over local courts, state law requires the State Court Administrator to establish a registry of municipal and justice courts. Cities and counties must provide information about their courts to the State Court Administrator.
Since March 31, 2002, ORS 1.855 has required all Oregon cities with municipal courts and all Oregon counties with justice courts to provide registry information to the State Court Administrator. The statute also requires updated information be promptly forwarded each time there is a change in the court (creation, dissolution, modification) or with the judges. The registry is posted and maintained on this website.
Please note that one form is for court registration information and the other form is for judge registration information. Please complete and submit a separate form for each of your courts and for each person who serves as a judge in your court(s). For any first registration, however, you may attach one list with all relevant information on all your judges to one judge form and certify that form. The statutory requirement to provide the names of municipal or justice court judges applies whether the judge is elected or appointed.
Completed forms must be submitted to this office so there may be an original signature for the official file. Secondly, each form must be either signed and certified by your city attorney or city manager/administrator (if municipal court) or county administrator or county attorney (if justice court). This is a step that, we hope, helps prevent submission of unauthorized or inaccurate information about your court, as we do not have resources to verify each and every submittal or change. The website registry includes a disclaimer that we are posting information as provided.
If you have questions about the forms or process, please contact Aja Holland (503.986.5500 or Aja.T.Holland@ojd.state.or.us).
Justice/Municipal Court Court Registry FormJustice/Municipal Court Judge Registry Form
This page provides links to a registry of Oregon’s justice and municipal courts and their judges. State law requires the State Court Administrator to establish and maintain this registry of information on municipal and justice courts and requires Oregon cities and counties to provide that information to the State Court Administrator. The accuracy and completeness of the submitted information is the responsibility of the city or county.
LINKS TO REGISTRY
You may find COURTS alphabetically by:
You may find JUDGES alphabetically by:
NOTE: This registry requirement is different from the Oregon Department of Revenue’s registry of municipal courts under ORS 221.344 for enforcement of judgments.
In 2007, the legislature began requiring local courts to file a declaration with the Oregon Supreme Court as a precondition to operating, or ceasing to operate, as a court record. There is no set form for filing the declaration, although applicable requirements can be found in ORS chapters 51 (justice courts) and 221 (municipal courts). Status as a court of record affects where to file appeals from a judgment entered in a local court. Following is a list of courts that have filed declarations to operate as a court of record:
In accordance with Senate Bill 267 (2007), justice or municipal courts that are currently, or will become, courts of record and those that cease operating as a court of record are to file a declaration to that effect with the Supreme Court for acknowledgement.
Acknowledgements as Courts of Record:
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