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Oregon Expedited Civil Jury Trial Program

On May 6, 2010, Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz signed an order implementing an expedited civil jury trial program in selected Oregon Circuit Courts. The goal of this program is to provide speedy and economical disposition of civil cases and to increase the use of jury trials to decide civil cases.

Multnomah County is now offering this expedited track for civil jury trials. Parties may opt in to this track. The process includes an initial case management conference with trial counsel no later than 10 days after the case is designated as appropriate for this track. At the initial conference the court will set a firm trial date which will be no later than four months from the date of the designation order.

Oregon offers the following resources:

The Expedited Civil Jury Trial Program has been underutilized, but there are efforts to change this and encourage the use of streamlined jury trials in Oregon. Lane County Circuit Court has implemented a streamlined civil jury trial pilot program to “raise awareness of the civil jury trial and, where appropriate, facilitate agreement for streamlined discovery and jury trial procedure.” This pilot program was implemented in July 2016.

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