Arrest and Related Procedures

ORS 133.537
Protection of things seized

  • liability of agency


In all cases of seizure, an agency that seizes property shall take reasonable steps to safeguard and protect the things seized against loss, damage and deterioration.


Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, an agency that seizes property is not liable for loss, damage or deterioration resulting from any reasonable actions taken to secure or develop evidence. [1991 c.540 §2]
Note: 133.537 (Protection of things seized) was added to and made a part of 133.525 (Definitions for ORS 133.525 to 133.703) to 133.703 (Identity of informants) by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
§§ 133.525 to 133.703

Notes of Decisions

Infractions are "criminal" and search warrant may issue for their investigation. State v. Weist, 79 Or App 435, 720 P2d 753 (1986), aff'd 302 Or 379, 730 P2d 25 (1986)

Law Review Citations

52 OLR 139-154 (1973)


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