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Criminal Court FAQ

Forms for criminal cases can be found in our Forms center.

When is my court date?

You may view your case online or you may call the Criminal Department at 503-588-8489.

I have a warrant for my arrest.  What should I do?

To resolve a warrant turn yourself in to Marion County Jail at 4040 Aumsville Highway SE, Salem, OR 97317.

I can't make it to court.  What should I do?

If you have an attorney, let your attorney know. Court staff will notify the judge, but it is possible that a warrant will be issued for your arrest.

How do I get a court appointed attorney?

To receive a court appointed attorney you must attend your court hearing. At that hearing you will be asked to fill out paperwork to determine if you are financially eligible for a court appointed attorney. If you would like to fill that paperwork in advance of your hearing, please fill out the forms below, print them, and bring them to your court date.

How do I post bail?

The security release deposit is 10% of the total security as set by the court, release officer, or jail. The security release funds may be at the Marion County Court Annex during normal business hours, or at the Marion County Jail after hours.

Things to Consider Before You Post Security Release for Yourself or Another Person

  • Security Release (bail) will not be released until the case is Closed.
  • The court will automatically keep 15% of the security release posted, not less than $5.00 and not more than $750.00.
  • The court will, unless otherwise ordered apply the security release deposit to the financial obligations on the case it was posted and any other financial obligation the defendant or the payor owes.
  • Security release deposit may be applied to any other judgments and child support arrears.
  • If the person fails to appear at the next scheduled court date the court may order forfeiture of the security release (bail) that was posted.
  • Security Release refunds will be made payable to the person who is listed as the payor, unless otherwise ordered by the court.
    • If you post security release in your name any refund will be returned to you.
    • If you post security release in the name of the person being released the funds will not be returned to you.