Today we explore how to search court calendars in the Oregon eCourt system.
There are two options for searching calendars. The first uses a publicly accessible link from the Oregon Judicial Department home page. The second approach requires logging in to the eCourt system. The search methods are identical regardless of the approach used.
The following search criteria are available when searching eCourt calendars:
- Judicial Officer
- Party or Defendant Name
- Date Range
Search by Case is the default search method. To search by any other criteria, click the drop-down arrow.
When searching by Attorney, use the attorney’s last name and first name or bar number.
When searching by Judicial Officer, the search screen offers a pull-down menu of all judicial officers in the state in ascending order, beginning with Abar, Donald and ending with Zuver, Julie:
When searching by Date Range, you can filter your search by Case Category. Case categories include: Criminal, Family, Civil, and Probate/Mental Health. By default, all four are selected. De-select categories you do not wish to include in your search.
Phonetic Searches Using Soundex
Phonetic searches are available when searching by Party or Defendant Name or by Attorney if using last name and first name criteria. Check the Soundex box in the upper right portion of the screen to retrieve calendar dates for search names that sound alike.
eCourt Calendar Searches Limited to 90 Days in the Future
When searching the calendar, date ranges cannot be more than 90 days in the future. If you attempt to search more than 90 days out, the following message will appear:
Searching OJIN Circuit Court Calendars
Search OJIN Circuit Court Calendars here. Search criteria are limited to Date, Party Name, and Attorney. Note these conditions:
The (OJIN Circuit) Court Calendar allows entering up to four identifiers to locate an event occurring on a specific court docket. A minimum of at least one identifier is required. Providing more information will result in more accurate search returns.
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.
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.
OJIN Online subscribers have access to more functionality.
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Strange– It appears to offer little more in search capability than 1970s OJIN did, albeit operating atop, we hope, a less crippled and frustrating platform. Ecourt should been specified to allow full text search of documents filed; even without full-text, the field searches options should certainly have included all caption data (claim amount, nature of claims).
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