Comments are due by February 22, 2019 on the latest round of proposed changes to the UTCRs. These include:
Proposed New UTCR 5.010 – Consumer Debt Collection Cases
Applies to cases filed by debt buyers and debt collectors acting on their behalf. Requires inclusion of identifying information in the action title, the body of the initiating pleading, and a completed Consumer Debt Collection Disclosure Statement (CDCDS). Directs the court to issue a 30-day notice of dismissal if the plaintiff fails to provide a CDCDS. When seeking a default, requires plaintiff to include a declaration under penalty of perjury that the plaintiff has complied with certain pleading requirements. Note: a sample CDCDS form will be made available by the OJD on its website. See proposed form on pages 70-73 of the Notice Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Uniform Trial Court Rules Changes for 2019.
Proposed New UTCR 11.110 – Exhibits in Juvenile Cases
Cedes power to local courts for creating a process to submit exhibits in juvenile cases. If electronic filing is permitted by SLR or order of the presiding judge, requires maintenance of an exhibit log, eFiling in conformance with UTCR 21.040, and a timeline for submission. Also see proposed amendments to UTCR 6.050, 6.120, 21.020, and 21.070; 11.120 (new).
Proposed New Chapter 24 – PCR Cases
Creates statewide rules for post-conviction relief (PCR) cases; replaces current SLRs on post-conviction relief. The proposed UTCRs would address case initiation; the defendant’s motion, demurrer, or answer; scheduling in complex cases with appointed counsel; exhibits; additional motions, briefings, and exhibits; disclosure of witnesses; appearance at hearings and trial; continuances; presiding post-conviction judge; and trial scheduling.
Repealed UTCR 2.010(7) – Certificate of Document Preparation
Removes the certificate of document preparation, which indicates whether a
litigant received assistance in completing the document and whether they paid
for that assistance.
Amended UTCR 2.010(9) – Foreign Language Exhibits
Requires a person submitting a foreign language exhibit to simultaneously submit an English translation with a declaration signed by the translator. Forbids court interpreters from translating or interpreting exhibits during the course of a proceeding; allows interpreters to interpret oral testimony regarding the content of an exhibit.
Amended UTCR 2.010(13) – Format of Case Citations
Changes the format for case name citations from underlined to italicized to align trial court citations with the citation format used in the appellate courts.
Amended UTCR 5.150 – Streamlined Trials (Formerly Expedited)
Implements improvements to time to trial, pretrial conferences, written discovery agreements, limitations on discovery, deadline for completion of discovery, discovery disputes, trial stipulations, and the related forms.
Amended UTCR 8.010 – Declaration in lieu of Affidavit
Allows the use of a declaration as an alternative to notarized affidavits for filings in
certain family law proceedings. Also see proposed amendments to UTCR 8.040.
Amended UTCR 8.090 – Certificates Re Child Support Proceedings, Orders, or Judgments
Requires certificate to be placed at the end of the motion or petition, immediately above the declaration line; adds new information to certificate. A model form containing the required information is available on the OJD website.
Amended 10.020 – DMV Record
Requires the DMV to electronically file the record when a final order of suspension is appealed to a circuit court; would allow each circuit court to adopt its own SLR describing how and in what form the DMV record must be submitted. Also see proposed deletion of UTCR 21.070(3)(k) removing DMV records from the list of documents that must be conventionally filed.
Amended 21.070(3) – Conventional Filing of ERPO Petitions
Adds extreme risk protection order (ERPO) petitions, and supporting affidavits, to the list of documents that must be conventionally filed.
Amended 21.070(5) – Allowing Local Courts to Adopt SLR Requiring Separate Notice of Expedited Filings
Allows local courts to adopt an SLR requiring that filers separately notify the court that an expedited filing has been submitted.
Amended 23.020 – Complex Litigation Cases
Removes the requirement that parties to a case assigned to the Oregon Complex
Litigation Court (OCLC) must share the cost of copying and providing the trial
court file to the assigned OCLC judge, but allows the OCLC judge to direct the
parties to provide copies of documents, in a manner the judge specifies.
Commenting on the Proposed UTCRs
Comments can be submitted online, via email, or by traditional mail.
Go to the Notice Seeking Public Comment on Proposed Uniform Trial Court Rules Changes for 2019 and click on the button next to the item of interest.
Supreme Court Building
1163 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301-2563
To attend the spring meeting of the committee on March 8, 2019 contact the UTCR Reporter at email@example.com or Bruce C. Miller at 503-986-5500 to schedule a time for your appearance. Recommendations that are adopted by the Chief Justice will take effect August 1, 2019.
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