Records and Files of Courts

ORS 7.120
Disposition of exhibits, notes and audio records of circuit court cases


The presiding judge for a judicial district may authorize destruction of any court record or document at any time after the expiration of the minimum retention period established by the State Court Administrator under ORS 8.125 (Duties to assist Chief Justice and other courts). Records and documents that may be destroyed under this section include registers, dockets, indexes, files, citations, notes, audio records, video records, stenographic records, exhibits, jury records and fiscal and administrative documents.


The presiding judge for a judicial district may order the return, destruction or other disposition of exhibits offered or received in any case in circuit court at any time after the case becomes final and not subject to further appeal. This subsection does not apply to exhibits in a case involving the determination of water rights, which exhibits shall be permanently retained. [Amended by 1955 c.497 §1; 1975 c.481 §1; 1979 c.58 §1; 1985 c.540 §6; 1993 c.33 §274; 1993 c.546 §116; 1995 c.781 §§16,16a; 1997 c.872 §13]

Notes of Decisions

Where defendant-aircraft company did not seek protective order concerning plaintiffs' exhibits, which were copies of defendant's documents made at plaintiffs' expense, it was not abuse of discretion for court to order return of exhibits to plaintiffs. Wilson v. Piper Aircraft, 46 Or App 795, 613 P2d 104 (1980)


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