Or Supreme Ct Bldg: All Offices Move Out this Fall

Daniel Parr, Appellate Court Administrator/Director, has asked me to post the following:


Members of the Oregon Appellate Section,

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 18 to 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 operational impacts will be minimal, however, please review the following information regarding addresses, oral arguments, and the State Law Library:

Mailing Address

1163 State Street, Salem, Oregon 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 Address

Physical filings (when allowed by rule) will be accepted at 2850 Broadway St., Salem, Oregon 97303.

Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Starting November 1, 2019, Oral arguments for the Supreme Court will primarily be 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, Oregon 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 primarily be held in the Justice Building room 306 (1162 Court St NE, Salem, Oregon 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.

Questions can be directed to Daniel Parr at [email protected]

Thank you,

Daniel Parr
Appellate Court Administrator/Director
Appellate Court Services Division
1163 State Street, Salem, Oregon 97301

Appellate Commissioner Nass Retires; Theresa Kidd Appointed as New Commissioner

The Chief Judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals has issued the following media release:

A Message from the Chief Judge

After 36 years of exemplary service to the Oregon appellate courts, Appellate Commissioner James W. Nass is retiring.  His last date of service as Commissioner will be May 31, 2019.

Commissioner Nass first came to work for the Oregon appellate courts in 1983, serving as Appellate Legal Counsel for both the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.   Beginning in 1998, Commissioner Nass served as Appellate Legal Counsel exclusively for the Court of Appeals.  After the Court of Appeals created the Office of the Appellate Commissioner in 2008, Chief Judge David Brewer appointed James Nass as the first Appellate Commissioner.

Commissioner Nass deserves our abiding gratitude for his countless contributions to this court’s work and his dedication to efficient, quality decision making.  It has been the great honor of his colleagues to have served with him.

Although Commissioner Nass will be greatly missed, I am pleased to announce that Theresa M. Kidd will succeed him as the next Appellate Commissioner.  Ms. Kidd has been a staff attorney at the Court of Appeals since 2008 and, before becoming a staff attorney, worked in the Appellate Commissioner’s office as Assistant Appellate Legal Counsel.  A native of the Oregon coast, Ms. Kidd attended college at University of Oregon (B.S., Political Science & Psychology) and law school at Ohio Northern University.  After law school, she clerked at the Oregon Court of Appeals and then at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  In addition to her work for the courts, Ms. Kidd has worked in private practice and taught legal research and writing at Florida Coastal School of Law.  Please join me in welcoming Ms. Kidd to her new role as Appellate Commissioner.

Jim Egan
Chief Judge, Oregon Court of Appeals

Gov Brown Appoints Hon. Josephine H. Mooney to Oregon Court of Appeals

Governor Brown has announced that she is appointing Lane County Circuit Court Judge Josephine H. Mooney to the vacancy created on the Oregon Court of Appeals when Justice Chris Garrett was elevated to the Oregon Supreme Court.  The media release is here:


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Gov Brown Appoints COA Judge Chris Garrett to Oregon Supreme Court

Governor Brown has announced that she is appointing Court of Appeals Judge Chris Garrett to the Oregon Supreme Court position vacated by the retirement of Justice Rives Kistler.  The media release is here:


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Upcoming: Oregon Appellate Court eFiling and ACMS Public Access Unavailable: 12/20 Evening

Oregon Appellate eFiling and public access to the Appellate Case Management System (ACMS) via an Oregon Judicial Case Information Network (OJCIN) subscription, will be temporarily unavailable starting at 6:00PM on Thursday, December 20, 2018. The system will be available by approximately 8:00PM on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

eFiling deadlines will not be extended; please plan your business with the Court of Appeals and the Oregon Supreme Court accordingly.

If you have questions, please consult the Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure (link below) or call the Appellate Court Records Section at 503.986.5555.


Access to Circuit and Tax Court eFiling, ePay, and public access through OJCIN/OECI will not be affected.

New Amendments to Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure effective Jan 1

The Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals have approved a package of permanent amendments to the Oregon Rules of Appellate Procedure (ORAP).  The amendments, which were prepared by the ORAP Committee, will become effective January 1, 2019.

In addition, the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals have approved a separate package of temporary amendments to the ORAPs.  The temporary amendments, which are largely intended to address recent statutory amendments, will also become effective January 1, 2019.  Unlike the permanent amendments, the temporary amendments will expire on December 31, 2020 (unless adopted as permanent amendments through the ORAP Committee process).

Both packages of amendments are available online at:



A clean version of all the ORAPs that includes both the permanent and temporary amendments will be posted in December.