Evidence Code

ORS 40.211
Rule 412-1. Evidence not admissible in civil proceeding involving sexual misconduct


Unless the alleged victim has placed the evidence in controversy and the court determines that the probative value of the evidence substantially outweighs the danger of harm to any victim and of unfair prejudice to any party, the following evidence is not admissible in a civil proceeding involving alleged sexual misconduct:


Evidence offered to prove that an alleged victim engaged in other sexual behavior; or


Evidence offered to prove an alleged victim’s sexual predisposition.


If a party intends to offer evidence under subsection (1) of this section, the party must:


Make a written motion at least 15 days before the date on which the proceeding in which the evidence is to be offered is scheduled to begin unless the court, for good cause, sets a different time;


In the motion, specifically describe the evidence and state the purpose for which it is to be offered;


Serve the motion on all parties; and


Notify the alleged victim or the alleged victim’s representative.


Before admitting evidence under this section, the court must conduct an in camera hearing and give the alleged victim and parties a right to attend and be heard. Unless the court orders otherwise, the motion, related materials and the record of the hearing are confidential. A party making a motion under this section shall state in the caption that the motion is confidential.


As used in this section, “in camera” means out of the presence of the public and the jury. [2017 c.321 §2]
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Notes of Decisions

General rule is that polygraph evidence is inadmissible in proceeding governed by Oregon Evidence Code. State v. Brown, 297 Or 404, 687 P2d 751 (1984)

Party could introduce results of polygraph test taken by spouse for purpose of showing that response of party upon learning polygraph results was reasonable. Fromdahl and Fromdahl, 314 Or 496, 840 P2d 683 (1992)

Where state law completely precludes reliable, materially exculpatory evidence, exclusion of that evidence violates Due Process Clauses of United States Constitution. State v. Cazares-Mendez, 233 Or App 310, 227 P3d 172 (2010), aff'd State v. Cazares-Mendez/Reyes-Sanchez, 350 Or 491, 256 P3d 104 (2011)

Oregon Evidence Code articulates minimum standards of reliability that apply to many types of evidence for admissibility, including eyewitness identification evidence, and parties must employ code to address admissibility of eyewitness testimony. State v. Lawson/James, 352 Or 724, 291 P3d 673 (2012)

Law Review Citations

59 OLR 43 (1980); 19 WLR 343 (1983)

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Annotations are listed under the heading "Under former similar statute" if they predate the adoption of the Evidence Code, which went into effect January 1, 1982.


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