Organization and Government of Cities

ORS 221.354
Trial by jury in criminal cases


In all prosecutions for any crime defined and made punishable by any city charter or ordinance the defendant shall have the right of trial by jury, of six in number. Juries shall be selected from the latest tax roll and registration books used at the last city election in the same manner in which juries are selected for circuit courts. The verdict of the jury shall be unanimous.


Where provision is made for the payment of jury fees by the defendant as a deposit to ensure a jury trial, and where the defendant is found not guilty, the deposit shall be returned to the defendant.


The deposit required by the municipal court to ensure the right of trial by jury, under the charter of the city, shall not be greater than that provided by ORS 10.061 (Fees payable to jurors) in courts other than circuit courts for payment for each juror sworn multiplied by the number of jurors constituting a jury under the terms of the charter. [Formerly 221.349]

(formerly 221.349)

Notes of Decisions

Defendant who was charged with keeping a vicious dog in violation of a city ordinance was held not entitled to a jury trial. Behnke v. Jordan, 275 Or 199, 550 P2d 736 (1976)

§§ 221.336 to 221.390

Notes of Decisions

Person who is convicted in municipal court and appeals that conviction to circuit court, pursuant to these sections, may appeal adverse decision of circuit court to Court of Appeals only if case involves constitutionality of ordinance under which defendant was convicted. City of Lincoln City v. Pennington, 91 Or App 713, 756 P2d 75 (1988)


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