Oregon in the United States

Legal Materials


Internet links to Oregon statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw and the Georgetown Law Library. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis,Westlaw and LOIS. Google Scholar has free cases back to 1950; subscription sites Versuslaw and Fastcase also have cases back to 1950.

For a detailed discussion of Oregon law, see Oregon Law and Practice, which is available on Westlaw (ORLP).

Bill Status: You can track the status of pending Oregon bills using Capitol On-Ramp. For questions, call the Legislative Bill and Publications Office (1-800-332-2313 in state or 503-986-1180 out of state).

Briefs: See How to Find Oregon Appellate Briefs by the State of Oregon Law Library.

Docket Sheets for Oregon Circuit and District Courts are available through OJCIN OnLine. Circuit, District, Appellate, Supreme and Tax Court dockets are available through Courtlink. See also the separate entry for “Docket Sheets.”

Jury Instructions: The Oregon Bar Association publishes Uniform Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions. See also the separate “Jury Instructions” entry.

Jury Verdicts and Settlements: Oregon Litigation & Arbitration Reports (Jury Verdicts NorthWest) provides summaries of Oregon verdicts, settlements and arbitration awards.

Legislative History: See Compiling an Oregon Law’s Legislative History by the Washington County Law Library.

Oregon Revised Statutes: The Oregon State Legislature posts posts a free, annotated edition of the Oregon Revised Statues. Fee-based editions are available on Lexis, Westlaw, Loislaw and Fastcase. Use the relevant “ORS Sections Amended, Repealed or ‘Added To” table (a/k/a/ “Oregon Laws Amended and Repealed”) – available through the Bills/Laws page – to update the ORS.

Regulations: The Oregon State Archives posts a free, near-current edition of the Oregon Administrative Rules. Fee-based editions are available on Lexis (ORE;ORADMN), Westlaw (OR-ADC), Loislaw and Fastcase. Note: The free edition is probably more current than the fee-based editions.

Historical editions of the Oregon Administrative Rules are available on Lexis back to 2004(ORE/ORADxx), on Westlaw back to 2002 (OR-ADCxx) and on Fastcase back to 2009.

Document delivery and ILL: For copies of Oregon legal materials, and/or inter-library loans, try contacting Attorney Services at the Lewis & Clark Law School’s Boley Law Library (503-768-6705 or send email to docdel@lclark.edu). Other options: the Northwestern School of Law library (503-768-6687) or the University of Oregon law library (541-346-3088).

More Useful Information

Business Registrations: You can look up Oregon business registrations using the Business Name Search posted by the Oregon Secretary of State. For additional business registrations, scan down the list of other business-related Government Databases. For commercial vendors, see the Secretary of State Records entry. For other types of company research, see the Company Information entry in this legal Encyclopedia. See also the “UCC filings” section, below.

Newspapers: For Oregon legal and business news, look in the Oregon Legal Journal, the Daily Journal of Commerce and Portland Business Journal.

UCC Filings: The Oregon Secretary of State posts a free UCC Search. For commercial databases, see the “Filing Records” section of the Uniform Commercial Code entry.

Vital Records: For information on retrieving Oregon birth, death, marriage and divorce records, see the Vital Records guide posted by the Washington County Law Library. See also “Vital Records” in this legal Encyclopedia for fee-based and multi-state resources.

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

Primary Law

For more U.S. state primary law resources, see:

Topics Covered by the Oregon Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the Oregon jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together Oregon statutory and case law.

Topics include:

Finding the law: Oregon in the U.S. Code

A collection of general and permanent laws relating to oregon, passed by the United States Congress, are organized by subject matter arrangements in the United States Code (U.S.C.; this label examines oregon topics), to make them easy to use (usually, organized by legal areas into Titles, Chapters and Sections). The platform provides introductory material to the U.S. Code, and cross references to case law. View the U.S. Code’s table of contents here.


See Also

Oregon: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Oregon. This part provides references, in relation to Oregon, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Oregon by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Oregon and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Oregon or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Oregon and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Oregon. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Oregon should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Oregon when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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