2013 ORS § 203.810¹
Offenses under county law
  • jurisdiction
  • prosecutions

(1) As used in this section:

(a) County law means a county charter adopted pursuant to ORS 203.710 (Performance of functions by officers designated by county law) to 203.770 (Copies of charters and amendments, revisions and repeals) and legislation passed by a charter county or any ordinance enacted by a general law county.

(b) County offense means any crime or offense defined or made punishable by county law.

(2) Except as may be provided otherwise by county law:

(a) The justice courts and circuit court for a county have jurisdiction of county offenses to the same extent as such courts have jurisdiction of crimes or offenses defined or made punishable by state law, as determined by the maximum punishment which may be imposed therefor.

(b) The district attorney shall prosecute county offenses unless the county governing body elects to have the prosecution of such offenses conducted by a county counsel appointed pursuant to ORS 203.145 (Appointment of legal counsel for county governing body).

(c) The practice and procedure as to the prosecution, trial and punishment of county offenses shall be the same as in the case of similar crimes or offenses defined or made punishable by state law.

(3) Except as may be provided otherwise by county law and subject to limitations on its civil jurisdiction under state law, the justice court and circuit court for a county have jurisdiction of a civil proceeding maintained by a county under ORS 30.310 (Actions and suits by governmental units) or 30.315 (Proceedings by cities and counties to enforce ordinances and resolutions), including a proceeding to abate or enjoin any act or condition that is declared to be a nuisance by an ordinance of the county.

(4) Judgments based on county offenses may be enforced in the manner provided by ORS 52.600 (Enforcement of justice court judgments generally). [1961 c.724 §33; 1963 c.611 §1; 1977 c.622 §1; 1981 c.75 §1; 1985 c.626 §2; 1995 c.658 §91; 1999 c.788 §49]

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