Beginning in November 2019, the Oregon Supreme Court building will undergo renovations to preserve and protect the historic structure and improve safety, function, efficiency, and access for years to come. The project will include earthquake reinforcement and upgrades to heating, cooling, electrical, technology, and plumbing systems to meet modern standards.
The project is anticipated to take 24 months.
In October 2019, the Oregon Supreme Court, Appellate Court Services Division (which includes Appellate Court Records, the State of Oregon Law Library, and OJD Publications), and the Appellate Commissioner's office will physically move to a temporary location at:
2850 Broadway St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303
We anticipate that operation impacts will be minimal, however, please review the following information regarding addresses, oral arguments, and the State Law Library:
1163 State Street, Salem, OR 97301 will remain the mailing address for the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Court of Appeals. This includes mail sent to Appellate Court Records.
Physical filings (when allowed by rule), and all other in person services provided by the Appellate Records office, will be accepted at 2850 Broadway St. NE, Salem, Oregon 97303.
Supreme Court Oral Arguments
Starting November 1, 2019, oral arguments for the Supreme Court will be primarily held in a courtroom at the temporary location. For the duration of the renovation, when a notice states that oral argument will be held at the Supreme Court Courtroom that location is 2850 Broadway St. NE, Salem, OR 97303. There is free parking around the building, but seating in the courtroom is extremely limited. The Supreme Court will continue to webcast oral arguments.
Court of Appeals Oral Arguments
Oral arguments for the Court of Appeals will be primarily held in the Justice Building room 306 (1162 Court St. NE, Salem, OR 97301).
State of Oregon Law Library
The State of Oregon Law Library will be housed at the temporary location in a reduced physical capacity. Physical materials will still be available although there may be a delay in providing such materials as many resources are being stored off-site.
History of the Project
The 2017 Legislative Assembly adopted SB 5505 which provided for capital land acquisition, planning, construction, modification, and improvement of state buildings. This bill included $6.0 million in Article XI-Q bonding authority for six years to be used for the planning and first stages of the Supreme Court Building interior modernization project. The project will replace major infrastructure systems such as plumbing, heating/cooling and electrical. This project will also fund seismic protection upgrades to preserve this historic building for the use and enjoyment of future generations. The Supreme Court Building interior modernization will not change or otherwise affect the historic features in the building. Construction is currently expected to begin in the winter of 2019 with full completion in 2021.