2015 ORS 133.537¹
Protection of things seized
  • liability of agency

(1) In all cases of seizure, an agency that seizes property shall take reasonable steps to safeguard and protect the things seized against loss, damage and deterioration.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, an agency that seizes property is not liable for loss, damage or deterioration resulting from any reasonable actions taken to secure or develop evidence. [1991 c.540 §2]

Note: 133.537 (Protection of things seized) was added to and made a part of 133.525 (Definitions for ORS 133.525 to 133.703) to 133.703 (Identity of informants) by legislative action but was not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Notes of Decisions

Infrac­tions are "crim­i­nal" and search warrant may issue for their investiga­tion. State v. Weist, 79 Or App 435, 720 P2d 753 (1986), aff'd 302 Or 379, 730 P2d 25 (1986)

Law Review Cita­tions

52 OLR 139-154 (1973)


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 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 133, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano133.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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.