2015 ORS 133.035¹
Ex parte emergency protective orders
  • service
  • expiration
  • contempt proceeding
  • required availability of judges
  • fees
  • forms

(1) A peace officer may inform a person in danger of abuse of the officer’s ability to apply for an ex parte emergency protective order and, with the person’s consent or permission, may apply to a circuit court for the order when the peace officer has probable cause to believe:

(a)(A) The peace officer has responded to an incident of domestic disturbance and the circumstances for mandatory arrest as described in ORS 133.055 (Criminal citation) (2)(a) exist; or

(B) The person is in immediate danger of abuse by a family or household member; and

(b) An emergency protective order is necessary to prevent the person from suffering the occurrence or recurrence of abuse.

(2)(a) An application for an emergency protective order described in subsection (1) of this section shall consist of the proposed emergency protective order and the peace officer’s declaration under penalty of perjury setting forth the facts and circumstances underlying entry of the order.

(b) The proposed emergency protective order and the declaration may be sent to the court by electronic transmission that delivers a complete printable image of the order and signed declaration.

(3) Upon examination of the application, a circuit court may enter an emergency protective order if the court finds there is probable cause that:

(a)(A) The peace officer has responded to an incident of domestic disturbance and the circumstances for mandatory arrest as described in ORS 133.055 (Criminal citation) (2)(a) exist; or

(B) A person is in immediate danger of abuse by a family or household member; and

(b) An emergency protective order is necessary to prevent a person from suffering the occurrence or recurrence of abuse.

(4) An emergency protective order entered under subsection (3) of this section shall:

(a) Restrain the respondent from contacting the person protected by the order and from intimidating, molesting, interfering with or menacing the person, or attempting to intimidate, molest, interfere with or menace the protected person;

(b) Include the findings of probable cause authorizing issuance of the order;

(c) State the date that the order expires; and

(d) State a security amount for a violation of the order.

(5) If the circuit court enters an emergency protective order under subsection (3) of this section:

(a) The peace officer shall provide, without charge, a certified true copy of the emergency protective order to the protected person and shall ensure that certified true copies of the order and the declaration are filed with the court.

(b) A peace officer shall serve the respondent personally. Upon completion of service, the peace officer shall prepare a declaration under penalty of perjury of proof of service verifying that the emergency protective order was served personally on the respondent, file a copy of the declaration with the court and enter the order into the Law Enforcement Data System maintained by the Department of State Police.

(c) If the peace officer cannot complete service within one day of the emergency protective order’s entry, the peace officer shall notify the court that the documents have not been served.

(6) Entry into the Law Enforcement Data System constitutes notice to all law enforcement agencies of the existence of the emergency protective order. Law enforcement agencies shall establish procedures adequate to ensure that an officer at the scene of an alleged violation of the emergency protective order may be informed of the existence and terms of the order. The emergency protective order is fully enforceable in any county or tribal land in this state.

(7)(a) An emergency protective order expires seven calendar days from the date the court signs the order.

(b) An emergency protective order shall remain in effect until the order expires or is terminated by court order. If the order is terminated by court order, the clerk of the court shall immediately cause to be delivered a copy of the termination order to the peace officer who originally applied for the order. Upon receipt of the termination order, the peace officer shall promptly remove the emergency protective order from the Law Enforcement Data System.

(8)(a) A contempt proceeding for an alleged violation of an emergency protective order must be conducted by the circuit court that issued the order or by the circuit court for the county in which the alleged violation of the order occurs.

(b) Pending a contempt hearing for an alleged violation of an emergency protective order, a person arrested and taken into custody pursuant to ORS 133.310 (Authority of peace officer to arrest without warrant) may be released as provided in ORS 135.230 (Definitions for ORS 135.230 to 135.290) to 135.290 (Punishment by contempt of court).

(9) The presiding judge of the circuit court in each county shall designate at least one judge to be reasonably available to enter, in person or by electronic transmission, ex parte emergency protective orders at all times whether or not the court is in session.

(10) A peace officer acting in good faith shall not be liable in any civil action for applying to or not applying to a circuit court for an ex parte emergency protective order under this section.

(11) A filing fee, service fee or hearing fee may not be charged for proceedings for ex parte emergency protective orders under this section.

(12) The Department of State Police shall develop forms for emergency protective orders and declarations and shall submit the forms for approval by the State Court Administrator, the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association and the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police. After obtaining approval, the department shall ensure that the forms are appropriately distributed and available for use.

(13) As used in this section, "peace officer" has the meaning given that term in ORS 161.015 (General definitions). [2015 c.252 §1]

Note: 133.035 (Ex parte emergency protective orders) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 133 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 133—Arrest and Related Procedures; Search and Seizure; Extradition, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors133.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.