2011 ORS § 18.150¹
Judgment liens in circuit courts

(1) If a judgment document filed with a court administrator under ORS 18.075 (Entry of judgments in circuit courts generally) (2) includes a money award and complies with ORS 18.042 (Judgment in civil action that includes money award) (1) or 18.048 (Judgment in criminal action that contains money award) (1), the court administrator shall note in the register of a circuit court that the judgment creates a judgment lien unless:

(a) The judgment is entered in the small claims department of a circuit court in an amount of less than $3,000, exclusive of costs, and the judgment creditor has not created a judgment lien for the judgment as provided in ORS 46.488 (Lien effect of small claims judgments);

(b) The judgment is entered in a criminal action for conviction of a violation, and the court does not order under ORS 18.048 (Judgment in criminal action that contains money award) (4) that the judgment creates a judgment lien;

(c) The judgment is entered under ORS 153.820 (Special procedures for parking violations in Multnomah County); or

(d) The judgment does not create a lien by operation of other law.

(2) Except as provided in this section, if the court administrator notes in the register that a judgment creates a judgment lien, the judgment has the following effect in the county in which the judgment is entered:

(a) When the judgment is entered, the judgment lien attaches to all real property of the judgment debtor in the county at that time; and

(b) The judgment lien attaches to all real property that the judgment debtor acquires in the county at any time after the judgment is entered and before the judgment lien expires.

(3) Except as provided in this section, if the court administrator notes in the register that a judgment creates a judgment lien and the judgment contains a support award, the support award portion of the judgment has the following effect in the county in which the judgment is entered:

(a) Any lump sum support award existing when the judgment is entered creates a support arrearage lien and has the effect specified by subsection (2) of this section;

(b) When an installment becomes due under the terms of the support award and is not paid, a support arrearage lien for the unpaid installment attaches to all real property of the judgment debtor in the county at that time; and

(c) When an installment becomes due under the terms of the support award and is not paid, a support arrearage lien attaches to all real property that the judgment debtor thereafter acquires in the county for the purpose of enforcing the unpaid installment, and remains attached to that property until satisfaction is made for the installment or the judgment lien arising from support award portion of the judgment expires.

(4) Real property may be conveyed or encumbered free of a judgment lien created by the support award portion of a judgment, but the conveyance or encumbrance is subject to any support arrearage lien that attached to the real property under this section or ORS 18.152 (Establishing judgment liens in other counties).

(5) A judgment lien does not attach to any real property of a judgment debtor acquired after the debt giving rise to the judgment is discharged under federal bankruptcy laws. Debts are presumed to have not been discharged in bankruptcy until the judgment debtor establishes that the debt has been discharged.

(6) A court administrator may rely on the judgment document to determine whether a judgment creates a judgment lien.

(7) This section does not apply to justice courts, municipal courts or county courts performing judicial functions. [2003 c.576 §14; 2005 c.568 §19]