Oregon Supreme Court Decisions

The Oregon Supreme Court consists of seven justices. It conducts a direct review of decisions in death penalty cases, Oregon Tax Court cases, certain agency proceedings, and cases involving certain labor law injunctions. The Court also has the discretion to review any decisions by the Court of Appeals, as well as questions certified by the Court of Appeals, a court of another state, or a federal court. It has original jurisdiction over issuing writs such as habeas corpus and mandamus, in addition to certain matters related to elections. The Court oversees the practice of law throughout the state, and it may conduct disciplinary proceedings related to the fitness of a judge or attorney.

Each justice on the Oregon Supreme Court serves a term of six years. Justices are chosen in non-partisan elections, so voters do not see the party affiliation of a candidate on the ballot. However, the Governor of Oregon holds the authority to appoint a justice if a vacant seat arises in the middle of a term. The interim justice must run in the next general election if they seek to remain on the court for a full term. Oregon imposes a mandatory retirement age of 75 on justices. A candidate for this position must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Oregon for at least three years before being appointed or elected. They also must have been admitted to practice law in the Oregon Supreme Court. The Chief Justice of the Court is chosen by the other justices and holds that position for the full six years. They supervise the administrative and financial tasks related to running the state judiciary.

A justice may face removal in certain situations. These include a felony conviction, a violation of a rule of judicial conduct, incompetence to perform the duties of their position, and alcohol or drug addiction.

Browse Opinions From the Oregon Supreme Court

Recent Decisions From the Oregon Supreme Court
State v. Soto  
Date: July 11, 2024
Docket Number: S069907

Justia Opinion Summary: The defendant was convicted of multiple crimes after forcibly entering the victim’s apartment at night, moving her from the entryway to a bedroom and then to a bathroom, where he strangled, sodomized, and assaulted her.…

State v. Taylor  
Date: July 5, 2024
Docket Number: S070387

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a defendant who was charged with third-degree sexual abuse for making sexual contact with a woman studying alone at a community college library. The state presented "other acts" evidence, which included…

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. v. Dept. of Rev.  
Date: June 20, 2024
Docket Number: S069820

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company (Santa Fe), a New Mexico corporation that sells branded tobacco products to wholesalers, who then sell to retailers in Oregon. The primary issue is whether a federal…

State v. Autele  
Date: June 13, 2024
Docket Number: S070046

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a criminal defendant, Tasi Autele, who was indicted on charges of second-degree assault and strangulation. Autele retained attorneys Mackeson and Hall to represent him. However, on the day of the trial,…

State v. Meiser  
Date: June 13, 2024
Docket Number: S070059

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involves the interpretation of Oregon's "guilty except for insanity" (GEI) defense. The defendant, Erik John Meiser, was charged with multiple crimes, including aggravated murder and burglary. He did not…

Chung v. Rosenblum  
Date: June 6, 2024
Docket Number: S070965

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a review of the Attorney General’s certified ballot title for Initiative Petition 54 (2024) (IP 54), which was challenged by the petitioners, Sandy Chung and Yvonne Garcia. IP 54, also known as the…

State v. Aranda  
Date: May 31, 2024
Docket Number: S069641

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves the State of Oregon and Stephen Andrew Aranda. Aranda was charged with first-degree rape and chose to testify in his own defense. The state sought to impeach his testimony with evidence of his prior…

Walton v. Neskowin Regional Sanitary Authority  
Date: May 23, 2024
Docket Number: S069004

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute between the Walton family and the Neskowin Regional Sanitary Authority over the installation of sewer lines on the Walton's property. The Waltons claimed that the installation constituted a…

State v. Quebrado  
Date: May 16, 2024
Docket Number: S070057

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves Carlos Alberto Quebrado, who was charged as an accomplice to second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon. The charges stemmed from an incident where Quebrado's co-defendant fired a shotgun from…

State v. Skotland  
Date: May 16, 2024
Docket Number: S070410

Justia Opinion Summary: The case revolves around a criminal defendant who was charged with unlawful purchase of a firearm, false information in connection with the transfer of a firearm, and attempted felon in possession of a firearm. The…

Sasinowski v. Legislative Assembly  
Date: May 16, 2024
Docket Number: S070879

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute over the ballot title for Legislative Referral 403 (2024) (LR 403), which was referred for voters' consideration at the upcoming November 2024 General Election. The petitioner, James…

State v. Satter  
Date: May 9, 2024
Docket Number: S069880

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a defendant who was found guilty of driving under the influence of intoxicants. After his conviction, the defendant fled the state, delaying his sentencing and the entry of a judgment of conviction for…

Brown v. Kotek  
Date: May 8, 2024
Docket Number: S071034

Justia Opinion Summary: The plaintiff, Terri Lee Brown, was incarcerated due to an order from Governor Tina Kotek that revoked a previous conditional commutation of one of Brown's sentences. Brown had received the commutation in December 2020…

Hotchalk, Inc. v. Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: S069765

Justia Opinion Summary: HotChalk, LLC filed a lawsuit against the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and 22 other defendants, alleging breach of contract and fraud in relation to the closure of Concordia University - Portland. HotChalk claimed that…

Brown v. GlaxoSmithKline, LLC  
Date: May 2, 2024
Docket Number: S070082

Justia Opinion Summary: The case involves a dispute over whether a hospital that supplies and administers a drug that causes harm can be considered a "seller" under Oregon's strict product liability statute, ORS 30.920(1). The plaintiffs, Brown…

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