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.

Oregon eCourt: One Step Closer to Reality?

For those who have not been attentive to the goings on at the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD), implementation of statewide eCourt may seem more like a dream than a reality.  But truth be told, real progress is happening.

One huge step forward?  The selection earlier this year of Tyler’s Odyssey® Court Management System, as a single-solution provider:

“The contract between Tyler and the State of Oregon is valued at approximately $31 million, which includes software and implementation. The new agreement positions Odyssey to become a foundation of Oregon’s eCourt program by delivering deep functionality from Odyssey modules, including Case Management, Financial Management, Enterprise Content Management and eFiling. In addition, Odyssey will provide Oregon courts with ePayments, a decision support system, a statewide jury management system, an integration framework that enables electronic communication and exchange of information between Odyssey and existing justice partner information systems, and a unified Web portal to further enhance court access for the public and the legal community.”

Read the complete Tyler Technologies press release here.

What is Oregon eCourt?

When fully operational, Oregon eCourt will serve as a 24/7 web-based courthouse permitting online access to documents and case records, court information and court calendars, case-related filing and payment services, multilingual guides, online forms, and online self-help – based on individual user authorization.

How Will We Get There and Where are We Now?

Odyssey will clearly play a big role in the future development of Oregon eCourt.  As we look forward to the next five years, give credit to the hard work already done:

  • August 2008 – efiling begins in the Oregon Supreme Court for all Oregon State Bar members.
  • January 2009 – efiling begins in the Oregon Court of Appeals.
  • August 2009 – electronic content management begins on a modest scale in Yamhill County.
  • August 2009 – Oregon’s 40 (separate and previously unequal) Judicial Department Web sites are finally in sync — each conforming to the same format and navigation design for easier use.
  • September 2009 – June 2010 – additional Circuit Courts dip their toes into electronic case management.
  • January-February 2011 – Tyler Technologies is selected as a single-solution provider to complete Oregon eCourt in three phases over the next five years.
  • April 2011 – the best development to date:  the OJD launches a new Web site with much-improved navigation, links, and content.

The new user-friendly OJD Web site features:

Not sure what to choose?  Click on one of these icons:

Or choose How do I?

You can keep up with Oregon eCourt developments here, read about the technology, keep tabs on the latest projects, get answers to frequently asked questions,  or check out the latest statistics.  (Over 2,400 documents were efiled in the Oregon Supreme Court and Oregon Court of Appeals in January 2011.)

I am thrilled to see this progress and look forward to the future successes of Oregon eCourt.

Copyright 2011 Beverly Michaelis