FILED: November 10, 1999
In the Matter of T. B. M.,
Alleged to be a Mentally Ill Person.
STATE OF OREGON,
T. B. M.,
Appeal from Circuit Court, Lane County.
Maurice Merten, Judge.
Submitted on record and briefs July 22, 1998.
Rebecca R. Davis filed the brief for appellant.
Hardy Myers, Attorney General, Michael D. Reynolds, Solicitor General, and Denise G. Fjordbeck, Assistant Attorney General, filed the brief for respondent.
Before Edmonds, Presiding Judge, Deits, Chief Judge,* and Armstrong, Judge.
*Deits, C.J. vice Warren, P.J., retired.
Appellant appeals from an order determining that he is mentally ill and committing him to the Mental Health Division for a maximum period of 180 days. We discuss only his argument that the failure to provide him with a copy of the examiner's report at least 24 hours before the hearing, as ORS 426.074(3) requires, was error requiring reversal. Appellant's attorney did not object to the late delivery of the report or to its admission at the hearing, nor did the attorney seek a continuance in order to examine the report and prepare a defense. See ORS 426.095(2)(c).
Appellant relies on State v. Allison, 129 Or App 47, 877 P2d 660 (1994), in which we held that the trial court's failure to give the appellant the full advice that ORS 426.100(1) describes required a reversal of the commitment order. The information at issue in Allison was essential to the allegedly mentally ill person's understanding of the nature and purpose of the hearing and thus implicated serious due process concerns. For that reason, Allison held that an objection was not necessary to preserve the error for appeal. Here, however, the failure to provide the report on time is essentially a question of providing adequate and timely discovery so that the person and the person's lawyer may prepare for the hearing. There is no reason why the preservation rules that apply to other discovery and evidentiary issues should not apply in this case.
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