COVID-19 Court Status
On March 16, 2020 Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Walters issued Chief Justice Order (CJO) 20-006 that changed access to the courts in response to the COVID-19 crisis. On March 27, 2020, Chief Justice Walters issued an amended version of CJO 20-006. It had the following affect on Family Law cases:
- With the exception of “essential proceedings” (detailed below) all family law trials scheduled to begin before June 1, 2020 are postponed and no trials shall be scheduled to begin before June 1, 2020.
- The following Family Law matters are considered “essential proceedings” that can, generally, be conducted by remote means before June 1, 2020 if reasonably feasible and permitted by law:
- Hearings on Immediate Danger Motions;
- Hearings on applications for Orders of Assistance to obtain custody of a child held in violation of a custody order;
- Hearings on Protective Orders (commonly called “restraining orders”) applications, motions, and renewals ( Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) Orders, Elderly Persons and Persons with Disabilities Abuse Prevention Act (EPPDAPA) Orders, Sexual Abuse Protection Orders (SAPO), Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO), and Stalking Orders); and
- Hearings on contested Protective Orders, including exceptional circumstances hearings.
- The following Family Law matters are considered “essential proceedings” that can, generally, be conducted by remote means before June 1, 2020, if reasonably feasible and permitted by law, at the discretion of the local Presiding Judge (these will differ by county):
- Additionally, each Presiding Judge has discretion to order that a particular trial, hearing, or proceeding begin or take place before June 1, 2020, upon a determination, after consulting with the parties and other affected persons, that it should occur in that time frame, that it can be conducted by remote means or that sufficient social distancing can be maintained if conducted in person, and that the court can order other reasonable precautions to protect the health of the participants, including victims, interpreters, and court staff.
- Finally, the courts are still accepting filings into existing family law cases or to start new family law cases that will continue or begin once the health crisis is over.
We are happy to assist you with ALL family law matters during this time. Contact us if you’d like help from a family law attorney.
if you would like to schedule a telephone or video consultation with one of our attorneys.
Tapestry Family Law
810 NW Marshall Street
Portland, OR 97209