Arraignment and Pretrial Provisions

ORS 135.185
Holding defendant to answer

  • use of hearsay evidence

If it appears from the preliminary hearing that there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and that the defendant committed it, the magistrate shall make a written order holding the defendant for further proceedings on the charge. When hearsay evidence was admitted at the preliminary hearing, the magistrate, in determining the existence of probable cause, shall consider:


The extent to which the hearsay quality of the evidence affects the weight it should be given; and


The likelihood of evidence other than hearsay being available at trial to provide the information furnished by hearsay at the preliminary hearing. [Formerly 133.820; 1981 c.892 §88c; 2007 c.71 §33]

See also annotations under ORS 133.820 in permanent edition.

Law Review Citations

19 WLR 347 (1983)

§§ 135.070 to 135.185

Notes of Decisions

Under Oregon Constitution, person may be charged with felony either by grand jury indictment or by district attorney information after showing of probable cause at preliminary hearing, and it is within district attorney's discretion to decide which procedure to use so long as exercise thereof complies with Equality of Privileges Clause of Oregon Constitution. State v. Eells, 72 Or App 492, 696 P2d 564 (1985), Sup Ct review denied

Where defendant is initially charged by information, but later indicted, defendant does not retain right to preliminary hearing unless use of indictment was for improper purpose. State v. Marsh, 132 Or App 416, 888 P2d 580 (1995)


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