Offenses Against the State and Public Justice

ORS 162.225
Definitions for ORS 162

As used in ORS 162.225 (Definitions for ORS 162) to 162.375 (Initiating a false report) and 162.465 (Unlawful legislative lobbying), unless the context requires otherwise:


“Firefighter” means any fire or forestry department employee, or authorized fire department volunteer, vested with the duty of preventing or combating fire or preventing the loss of life or property by fire.


“Official proceeding” means a proceeding before any judicial, legislative or administrative body or officer, wherein sworn statements are received, and includes any referee, hearing examiner, commissioner, notary or other person taking sworn statements in connection with such proceedings.


“Physical evidence” means any article, object, record, document or other evidence of physical substance.


“Public record” means any book, document, paper, file, photograph, sound recording, computerized recording in machine storage, records or other materials, regardless of physical form or characteristic, made, received, filed or recorded in any government office or agency pursuant to law or in connection with the transaction of public business, whether or not confidential or restricted in use.


“Testimony” means oral or written statements that may be offered by a witness in an official proceeding. [1971 c.743 §197; 1991 c.67 §34]

Notes of Decisions

For purposes of ORS 162.295 and 162.325, “physical evidence” means item of physical substance that has at least some plausible, nonspeculative relationship to factual matter to be determined in pending or immediately impending official proceeding. State v. Martine, 277 Or App 360, 371 P3d 510 (2016)


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May 26, 2023