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Jackson County Courts - About Us

The First Judicial District is one of 27 judicial districts in the state trial court system.  Our role is to resolve disputes according to the law, and process other legal transactions, as allowed by law.  We provide a forum for resolving disputes and for processing legal issues based on state law.

Our Values and Goals

We value:

  • Fairness, equality and integrity
  • Openness and timeliness
  • Independence, impartiality and consistency
  • Excellence, innovation and accountability
  • Respect, dignity, public service and community well-being

Our goals are:

  • Access.  To ensure access to court services for all people.
  • Administration.  To make courts work for people.
  • Dispute Resolution.  To provide options to help people choose the best way to resolve their disputes.
  • Partnerships.  To build strong partnerships with local communities to promote public safety and quality of life.
  • Trust and Confidence.  To earn the public's enduring trust and confidence.   

Representing Yourself?  Things you should know when going into Court:

The OJD website at can be a useful tool to aid in the proper filing of motions, etc.
Simply sending a letter to the judge will not take the place of a required pleading and will not normally result in the court taking action. These are important suggestions which will help you to maximize your courtroom experience and assist the judge in making a decision in your case.
  1. Have paper and pen with you so you can take notes and write down what the judge says. At the end of the trial/hearing, the judge may tell one of the parties to prepare a judgment. Prepare and file the judgment within 30 days. Judgment forms can be found at If you need assistance filling out the judgment you can schedule an appointment with the Jackson County Court Facilitator at (541) 776-7171 ext. 129, or The judgment is to be filed at the Family Law/Civil window on the 1st Floor of the Jackson County Justice Building. When submitting a judgment, you must also mail a copy to the other party. 
  2. Stand when the judge enters the courtroom. You may sit when the judge is speaking to you unless you are instructed to stand. Avoid interrupting when the judge is speaking. The judge will give you several opportunities to speak throughout your case.
  3. If there are witnesses you feel need to testify on your behalf, you need to subpoena them to appear in court to testify at the time set for your trial/hearing. Subpoenas may be purchased at the Family Law/Civil window on the 1st Floor of the Jackson County Justice Building. Information on how to serve a subpoena can be located at the Jackson County Law Library in the basement of the Justice Building. For service of a subpoena, you may contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Civil Division at (541) 774-6800.
  4. At the start of the trial/hearing, both sides should be prepared to tell the judge briefly why you are in court, the relief you are requesting, and how many witnesses you plan to call. The judge will then ask the party who asked for the hearing to testify and call any witnesses. After that party is done, the other party will get the opportunity to testify and call any witnesses.
  5. After the other party or their witnesses testify, you will have the opportunity to question the other party or their witnesses. This is called cross-examination. This is a time for you to ask questions of that person, not to make statements. You can make statements when it is your turn to testify.
  6. At the trial/hearing is when you bring and offer evidence/exhibits. Show the other party any evidence (photos, papers, etc.) you want the judge to consider before you ask the judge to look at the materials. You also need to have multiple copies of any documents you intend to submit to the court. This should be done before the trial/hearing starts. The courtroom clerk can provide you with exhibit stickers to label your evidence.
  7. If you have a video or audio recording you want the judge to hear or view, you must provide your own electronic equipment on which to play it. Again, talk to the courtroom clerk prior to your trial/hearing.
  8. Do not interrupt another person when they are speaking, EXCEPT if you wish to object. Believing that the person testifying is lying or has no proof of what they are saying, is NOT a proper basis to object. You will have an opportunity to tell the judge your side when it’s your turn to testify. If you wish to interrupt you may do so by standing and saying “Objection.” If you object, the judge will ask you on what legal grounds you are objecting. You must have a reason under the law as to why the judge should not consider what is being said. The judge cannot suggest to you what legal grounds might exist to object. If the other person objects when you are speaking, stop talking immediately. The judge will tell you when you may speak again.
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