The presiding judge for a judicial district may establish a court facilitation program to assist litigants in court proceedings other than family law proceedings as provided in ORS 3.428 (Family law facilitation programs). In developing the program, the presiding judge shall jointly plan with the State Court Administrator, the local bar association, the law library established under ORS 9.815 (County law libraries and law library services), the local recipients of funding under ORS 9.572 (Bar to establish Legal Services Program) and other persons as the presiding judge deems appropriate. The presiding judge shall supervise the operation of the program. Program services must be provided by court employees or other persons approved by the presiding judge in facilities under the supervision and control of the court or other facilities approved by the court. The program may provide:
Assistance in completing forms.
Information about court procedures.
Referrals to agencies and resources that provide legal and other services.
(a) All materials, instructions and referral lists provided through the program must be approved by the presiding judge.
Forms provided through the program must be approved by the presiding judge and the State Court Administrator.
Except for fees authorized under ORS 21.245 (Form fees), services provided through the program must be provided without charge.
Except as provided in subsection (6) of this section, an employee or other person who assisted litigants through a court facilitation program may not, for a period of one year after leaving the program, charge or collect any fee from a litigant for services relating to a matter that was the subject of assistance under the program.
The prohibition in subsection (5) of this section does not apply to persons admitted to the practice of law in this state. [2018 c.29 §2]