The Oregon Court of Appeals is Oregon's intermediate appellate court. The Court of Appeals was created by statute in 1969, and its jurisdiction is established by the Legislative Assembly. With the exception of a limited number of appeals that go directly to the Oregon Supreme Court--most notably death penalty cases, ballot title cases, lawyer discipline matters, and tax court cases--the Court of Appeals receives every appeal or judicial review taken from Oregon's trial courts and administrative agencies. Individuals and businesses in Oregon have a general right to appeal decisions from those bodies to our court, and our doors are open to them.
The Oregon Court of Appeals consistently ranks as one of the busiest appellate courts in the nation. Over the past 10 years, the range of new appeals filed per year in our court has been between 2,650 and 3,800. In 2012, in light of the increasing volume and complexity of the court's workload, the Legislative Assembly increased the number of judges on the court from ten to thirteen. As a result, the three new judges joined the court in late 2013.
The judges of the Oregon Court of Appeals are elected statewide. Like all Oregon state court judges, our judges must be United States citizens, Oregon residents for at least three years, and lawyers admitted to practice in Oregon. Our judges come from many different backgrounds. Some of us were trial judges, some were government lawyers, and others came from private practice. We each regularly participate in all of the varied types of cases that fall within the court's jurisdiction.
Service on the Oregon Court of Appeals is a privilege granted by the citizens of Oregon. My colleagues and I, and the court's entire staff, are committed to honoring that trust by (1) approaching every dispute with an open mind and an even hand; (2) treating every case, every party, and every advocate with dignity and respect; and (3) rendering timely, correct, and clear decisions.
If you have any questions about the Court's operations or processes, please feel free to contact our Records staff at (503) 986-5555, and they will do their best to assist you.