Welcome to the MBA Courts Page

A core value of the Multnomah Bar Association is to further the administration of justice and to serve the public. Fully funded, safe and effective courts are essential to this mission. From the MBA's Bylaws:

  • The Association's Mission Statement is: Lawyers associated for Justice, Service, Professionalism, Education and Leadership for our members and our community.
  • Additionally, the bylaws specify that the organization's purpose is: To further the administration of justice, and to serve the public, and to maintain the dignity and honor of the legal profession.

On this webpage, the MBA provides our members with current court-related information.

DRAFT 2015 SLRs are available for review and comment
The draft SLRs for 2015 are available for review and comment at the court's website.

Chief Justice Approves New SLRs for 4th Judicial District

In order to accommodate the changes coming with eCourt implementation, new out-of-cycle SLRs have been approved by Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Balmer.

The OJIN Orientation Dates may be found here; click on "Orientation Dates for OJIN Users" in the yellow box.

eCourt Timeline - updated March 27, 2014 - there is a change to the schedule information for

May 5th (see below)+

Oregon eCourt System Components Overview

DEFINITIONS OF SYSTEMS

OJIN
The Oregon Judicial Information Network (OJIN) is the original green-screen, COBOL-language case management system developed in the 1980s, and running to this day as the heart of the Oregon Judicial Department's circuit court case management system. Within the scope of OJIN is included the Financial Information and Accounting System, and a later-developed Graphical User Interface (GUI) component to the original OJIN, known as GUI/OJIN. OJIN will run forever, but it will never leave the 1980s, and everyone who knows how to program in COBOL has retired or will soon. On both scores, it is time to move to web-based technology and a person-based system.

OJIN OnLine
OJIN OnLine is the version of OJIN that can be run externally from the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) network over the web. Using third-party software, users access an image of OJIN. It is a subscriber-based system based on usage. To use the system, offices buy one or more log-on credentials and pay a monthly fee for use. One log on could be used serially by many individuals, one at a time.

In June of 2012, the OJIN OnLine log on changed. There were now two icons on the screen - one for OJIN, and a new one for the Oregon eCourt Case Information (OECI) system. With the passage of HB 4066, the name OJIN OnLine may soon be replaced with Oregon Judicial Case Information Network (OJCIN). The main change accomplished by HB 4066 is the perpetuation of revenue and fees for access and use of OJCIN systems made up of Appellate Case Management System (ACMS), OJIN, OECI and Oregon eFile and Serve for now. The revenue collected from these fees is dedicated to the support and maintenance of the OJCIN systems.

OECI
The Oregon eCourt Case Information system is the name given to the new system by the OJD. The entire system comprises components purchased or operated by Tyler Technologies, Inc., the vendor of Odyssey. Odyssey is a "person-based" case, document and revenue management system; it is the heart of the Oregon eCourt. When you hear someone from OJD refer to "Odyssey," they are speaking specifically about this case management component, which holds all the case documents, all the case hearings, all of the case revenue transactions, and all of the related software to permit this system to be the management system for Oregon's circuit courts. About 12 states have selected Tyler Technologies' Odyssey product as a statewide solution for their court systems.

Oregon eFile and Serve
Another product that is a part of Oregon eCourt is the Tyler Technologies' electronic filing software known as File and Serve. This product was acquired by Tyler Technologies and was known formerly as Wiznet eFile and Serve. Tyler now operates this product under its own name. The financial model for Odyssey eFile and Serve is "software as a service," and there is a fee for each use of the system. In 2013, it was decided that the fee for using the Oregon eFile and Serve system would be covered by a one-time, 5%, across-the-board increase in filing fees dedicated to this purpose. HB 4066 has made that revenue stream, and the fee increase, a permanent part of the structure. The "user" fee for Oregon eFile and Serve will be paid from this source, and not directly by the party using the system.

The schedule leading up to eDay and beyond

  • Monday, May 5: At 5:30 p.m. OJIN is locked down and Multnomah County cases + will no longer be updated in OJIN on OJIN OnLine; the data will be viewable, but not current.
  • Friday, May 9: All 10 circuit courts currently on OECI will be offline for this single day. During this time, the two million active cases will be loaded into OECI for MultnomahCounty.
  • Monday, May 12: eDay. The circuit court opens with all processes operating in the OECI system. Court staff have access to all case information, but OJIN OnLine users do not. The court will send notices of hearings, trials and entered judgments electronically to the email address for the attorney of record in the case. It is the attorney's responsibility to keep the email address accurate and to make arrangements for others to have access to the email if necessary.
  • Friday, May 16: At 5:30 p.m., OECI courts will be offline through the weekend and the remaining eight million inactive cases will be loaded into OECI.
  • Wednesday, May 21: Multnomah County Circuit Court will be given access to the inactive cases in OECI. Data review testing must be conducted to verify that the case conversion data is valid.
  • Tuesday, May 27: OECI cases and possibly access to documents will be available to OJIN OnLine subscribers.
  • Late June: The Oregon eFile and Serve pilot will begin. Two firms will be requested to eFile; a civil-focused firm, and a domestic relations-focused firm. The purpose of the limited use pilot program is to verify the system connections and to train court staff.
  • Mid to Late July: The Oregon eFile and Serve system will be ready for all to use. Watch for the announcement.

UTCR Changes Regarding eFiling

The Chief Justice has issued the following orders pertaining to the electronic filing: 13-014 and 13-015.

Multnomah County Circuit Court Case Types - 2012

This chart compares last year's case types in the county and statewide.

Multnomah County Civil Case Management Process

Multnomah County Circuit Court's civil case management rules became effective February 1, 2012 for cases filed after that date.

Expedited Civil Jury Trials in Multnomah County

Multnomah County Circuit Court offers an expedited track for civil jury trials. For more information, see the media release, program description, expedited civil jury trial motion, expedited civil jury trial order and outline of what to expect at the first case management conference of an expedited case.

Online Tips from the Bench

Tips from the Bench, one of the most popular columns in the Multnomah Lawyer, is available online.