2015 ORS 135.173¹
Oregon Evidence Code to apply in preliminary hearings
  • exception

The Oregon Evidence Code shall apply in any preliminary hearing under this chapter, except that hearsay may be admitted if the court determines that it would impose an unreasonable hardship on one of the parties or on a witness to require that the primary source of the evidence be produced at the hearing, and if the witness furnishes information bearing on the informant’s reliability and, as far as possible, the means by which the information was obtained. [1981 c.892 §88b]

Notes of Decisions

Under Oregon Constitu­tion, per­son may be charged with felony either by grand jury indict­ment or by district attorney in­for­ma­­tion after showing of probable cause at preliminary hearing, and it is within district attorney's discre­tion to decide which pro­ce­dure to use so long as exercise thereof complies with Equality of Privileges Clause of Oregon Constitu­tion. State v. Eells, 72 Or App 492, 696 P2d 564 (1985), Sup Ct review denied

Where defendant is initially charged by in­for­ma­­tion, but later indicted, defendant does not retain right to preliminary hearing unless use of indict­ment was for improper purpose. State v. Marsh, 132 Or App 416, 888 P2d 580 (1995)


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 135—Arraignment and Pretrial Provisions, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors135.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 135, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano135.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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