Searching Online Court Calendars

As Oregon eCourt continues to transform how we conduct business at the courthouse more services are available via the Web.  OJD Courts ePay allows parties to pay most traffic citations and many civil and criminal fees online.  Jurors, attorneys, and case participants can retrieve information about courts, including hours of operation and directions.  The best feature to come from eCourt transformation?  The ability to retrieve court dockets online.

Use the OJIN (Oregon Judicial Information Network) circuit court calendars to find calendar information for all  Oregon circuit courts except Yamhill Circuit Court and the appellate courts.
Some restrictions do apply:
  • You can only search for the first plaintiff and defendant on a case.
  • You  can only search for the first three attorneys on a case, with the system first looking for attorneys on the scheduled event and then for active attorneys on the case.
  • Search results will return the first 500 entries on the docket.
Search by party or attorney.  If desired, specify a date range.  Choose -All Courts- or select a specific court.
How you format your search matters.  OJIN advises:
The Party Name and Attorney fields are case-insensitive and can be all or part of a name. For example, entering “John” in the Party Name field will give results of all the cases with “John”, “Johnson”, and “Van Johnson.”  Names are stored in the same manner as in the OJIN system “Last First Middle” with no commas and one space between names. For example, Michael Jay Smith is actually stored as “Smith Michael Jay.”  Searching for “Michael Jay Smith” will not find any results; however, searching for “Smith Michael” or “Smith M” or “Smith Michael Jay” will include the desired results.
Use the Oregon  eCourt circuit court calendars to view calendar information for Yamhill County Circuit Court (and in the future, other circuit courts as the eCourt transition continues).  Select the drop-down menu to search by attorney, case, judicial officer, party or defendant name, and date range.  Case categories include criminal, civil, family, probate, and mental health.  (Check or uncheck as desired.)  A CAPTCHA code is required to ensure that a human being is entering the search request.
What you see on the screen will vary, depending on your search parameters.  If you elect to search by case, you must have a case number.  If searching by judicial officer, a drop-down appears permitting you to select a name off the list.
When searching by party or defendant, choose “name” for an individual or “business” for a business.  Checking the “Use Soundex” box will allow you to do a “sounds like” search on a last, first, middle, or business name:
When searching by attorney, use the name fields or enter a bar number:
Knowing how to search online court calendars can be a handy way to retrieve docket information in a pinch.  If you lose your calendar or suffer a computer meltdown, you can easily retrieve upcoming court dates on the Oregon Judicial Department Web site.

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