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
Oregon v. Harrison  
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: S066132

Justia Opinion Summary: Police Officer Hopkins initiated a traffic stop of defendant Khalistan Harrison. As Hopkins approached defendant’s stopped vehicle, defendant stepped out of the car, left the driver’s side door open, and began walking aw...

Wadsworth v. Talmage  
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: S066414

Justia Opinion Summary: The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit certified a question of law to the Oregon Supreme Court on whether a constructive trust arises at the moment of purchase of a property using fraudulently- obtained...

Parrish v. Rosenblum  
Date: October 10, 2019
Docket Number: S066812

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner Julie Parrish challenged the Attorney General’s certified ballot title for Initiative Petition 13 (2020) (IP 13). Intervenor Uherbelau intervened generally in support of the Attorney General’s certified ballot...

McLaughlin v. Wilson  
Date: September 12, 2019
Docket Number: S066047

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the Oregon Supreme Court was asked to decide the scope of the state civil rights laws and antiretaliation provision in ORS 659A.030(1)(f). The question before the Court was whether the retaliation prohibite...

Botofan-Miller and Miller  
Date: August 15, 2019
Docket Number: S065723

Justia Opinion Summary: Before the Oregon Supreme Court in this case was a child custody dispute arising out of father’s motion to modify a custody determination made at the time of the dissolution of the parties’ marriage, which awarded mother...

Fletchall v. Rosenblum
Date: August 15, 2019
Docket Number: S066460
J. O. v. Charles Hare Enterprises, Inc.
Date: August 15, 2019
Docket Number: S066615
Oregon v. Carpenter  
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: S065374

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Shannon Carpenter was charged with hindering prosecution through concealment under ORS 162.325(1)(a). The State contended defendant had concealed a person for whom police had an arrest warrant. The State allege...

Caren v. Providence Health System Oregon  
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: S065553

Justia Opinion Summary: The dispute in this workers’ compensation case arises out of a question relating to overlapping statutory provisions that control the determination of permanent partial disability. ORS 656.214 obligated employers to prov...

Meng v. University of Oregon
Date: August 8, 2019
Docket Number: S066780
State v. Langley
Date: August 1, 2019
Docket Number: S062353
Kramer v. City of Lake Oswego  
Date: August 1, 2019
Docket Number: S065014

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs sought a declaration that the City of Lake Oswego had allow them recreational access to Oswego Lake, either from the shoreline of the city’s waterfront parks (from which the city prohibits all water access) or...

State v. Savinskiy
Date: August 1, 2019
Docket Number: S065257
Friends of Columbia Gorge v. Energy Fac. Siting Coun.  
Date: August 1, 2019
Docket Number: S065478

Justia Opinion Summary: The Energy Facility Siting Council modified its rules that govern amending site certificates. Petitioners challenged the validity of the new rules, arguing that the council failed to comply with required rulemaking proce...

Troubled Asset Solutions v. Wilcher  
Date: August 1, 2019
Docket Number: S066097

Justia Opinion Summary: Sierra Development, LLC (Sierra), a real estate development company in which both Eddie Wilcher and his son were involved, borrowed approximately $5 million from The Mortgage Exchange (MEX), the predecessor in interest o...

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