Any court of this state may establish a Violations Bureau and designate the clerk or deputy clerk of the court or any other appropriate person to act as a violations clerk for the Violations Bureau. The violations clerk shall serve under the direction and control of the court appointing the clerk.
A violations clerk may exercise authority over any violation. A justice or municipal court establishing a Violations Bureau shall by order specify the violations that are subject to the authority of the violations clerk.
Except as provided in subsection (6) of this section, the violations clerk shall accept:
Written appearance, waiver of trial, plea of no contest and payment of fine, costs and assessments for violations that are subject to the authority of the violations clerk; or
Payment of presumptive fine amounts for violations that are subject to the authority of the violations clerk.
(a) Courts other than circuit courts shall establish schedules, within the limits prescribed by law, of the amounts of penalties to be imposed for first, second and subsequent violations, designating each violation specifically or by class. The order of the court establishing the schedules shall be prominently posted in the place where penalties established under the schedule are paid.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court shall establish a uniform fine schedule for violations prosecuted in circuit courts. The schedule must specify the violations that are subject to the authority of the violations clerk.
All amounts must be paid to, receipted by and accounted for by the violations clerk in the same manner as other payments on money judgments are received by the court.
Any person charged with a violation within the authority of the violations clerk may:
Upon signing an appearance, plea of no contest and waiver of trial, pay the clerk the penalty established for the violation charged, including any costs and assessments authorized by law.
Pay the clerk the presumptive fine amount established for the violation. Payment of the presumptive fine amount under this paragraph constitutes consent to forfeiture of the presumptive fine amount and disposition of the violation by the clerk as provided by the rules of the court. Payment of the presumptive fine amount under this paragraph is not consent to forfeiture of the presumptive fine amount if the payment is accompanied by a plea of not guilty or a request for hearing.
A person who has been found guilty of, or who has signed a plea of no contest to, one or more previous offenses in the preceding 12 months within the jurisdiction of the court may not appear before the violations clerk unless the court, by general order applying to certain specified offenses, permits such appearance.
A circuit court may use a Central Violations Bureau established under ORS 153.806 (Central Violations Bureau) in addition to establishing and operating a Violations Bureau under this section, and may delegate to the State Court Administrator the authority to designate appropriate persons to act as violations clerks for the Central Violations Bureau. [1995 c.292 §1; 1997 c.801 §149; 1999 c.59 §30; 1999 c.1051 §130; 2011 c.597 §149; 2012 c.89 §8; 2019 c.60 §5]