Access and Fairness
Oregon’s state court system has made access to the judicial system and fairness in state courts one of its highest goals. The Access to Justice for All Committee addresses fairness issues in the courts related to race, ethnicity, culture, and gender, and provides policy direction in these and other areas.
Appellate Court Programs
The Appellate Court Services Division oversees a number of program areas related to appellate courts. It processes appellate court cases, oversees the State of Oregon Law Library, publishes appellate court decisions and other publications, manages state court facilities and archives, and purchases office supplies.
Appropriate Dispute Resolution
Another of our highest goals is to help people choose the best way to resolve their disputes. Our courts are known for their innovative work in developing mediation programs and training volunteer mediators.
Certified Court Interpreter Program
One of four founding members of the national Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification administered by the National Center for State Courts, the Oregon state court system sought and received legislative authority and funds in 1993 to establish a certification program for court interpreters in Oregon. To leverage those limited funds, counter the high costs of test development, and expand the program to more languages, Oregon helped found the consortium in 1995. Oregon’s state court system has since developed a robust certification program.
Certified Shorthand Reporters Program
The Certified Shorthand Reporters Program verifies and certifies that shorthand reporters (one type of “court” reporter) meet certain standards for speed, conduct, and continuing education. Established in 1990 in the Bureau of Labor and Industries, the legislature transferred it to the State Court Administrator in July 1995.
Citizen Review Board - Foster Care Review
Oregon’s judicial branch also has a goal to build strong partnerships with local communities to promote public safety and quality of life. We seek to improve the lives of children and families, and protect people who cannot protect themselves. One way we do that is through our statewide foster-care review program called the Citizen Review Board. Local boards of community volunteers review the case plans of children in substitute care to ensure that their placements and services are appropriate and timely. They also advocate for effective policies, procedures, and laws in the child-welfare and juvenile-justice systems.
Crime Victims Assistance
Each county and some cities have crime victim assistance programs funded from certain fees charged to people convicted of crimes and violations. Although these are not court programs, many have an office in their local courthouse. The Oregon Department of Justice (Attorney General) website has extensive information for crime victims seeking help and contact information for programs in each county. Many county government and district attorney websites have information on local crime victims assistance programs.]
The State Family Law Advisory Committee works to improve services to meet the diverse needs of children, families, and people who represent themselves in family law cases in Oregon.
Future of the Courts Committee
The Future of the Courts Committee is a standing committee of the Oregon Judicial Conference. It has three goals: establish and maintain a long-range vision for Oregon's courts; promote attaining the vision; and chart our progress in achieving the vision.
Drug courts, juvenile drug courts, family courts, domestic violence courts, community courts are all part of our circuit courts’ programs designed to improve outcomes for people who come or are sent to the courts to resolve problems in a collaborative, community-based way. The goal is to improve the lives of people and their families to strengthen and protect our communities.
Public Defense Services
Until July 1, 2003, the former Indigent Defense Services Division (IDSD) of the State Court Administrator's office managed Oregon's indigent defense program. On July 1, 2003, IDSD staff and functions transferred to the Office of Public Defense Services.
Uniform Trial Court Rules (UTCR) Committee
The UTCR are the Chief Justice's rules for all Oregon circuit courts. The rules promote just, speedy, and inexpensive case resolution; efficient use of court time and resources; and uniform, consistent practice in every judicial district. The Chief Justice appoints a committee that reviews proposed changes to the rules each year.