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The Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure (ORAP) govern practice and procedure before the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals. The courts have jointly adopted those rules pursuant to statute. See ORS 2.120 (Supreme Court); ORS 2.560(2) (Court of Appeals).
To aid the appellate courts in developing the rules, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals have created the ORAP Committee. The committee's voting membership consists of appellate judges, attorneys, and a trial court administrator. Currently, the committee meets in even-numbered years to consider proposals to permanently amend the rules. The committee's draft proposals are published for public comment during the summer. After the committee has reviewed the public comments, the committee prepares final proposals that are submitted to the appellate courts for their consideration. Those permanent amendments adopted by the courts become effective on January 1 of the following year.
In addition, the Chief Justice and the Chief Judge retain authority to promulgate temporary amendments to the rules. Those temporary amendments expire unless subsequently adopted through the ORAP Committee process.
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