ORS 135.185¹
Holding defendant to answer
  • use of hearsay evidence

If it appears from the preliminary hearing that there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and that the defendant committed it, the magistrate shall make a written order holding the defendant for further proceedings on the charge. When hearsay evidence was admitted at the preliminary hearing, the magistrate, in determining the existence of probable cause, shall consider:

(1) The extent to which the hearsay quality of the evidence affects the weight it should be given; and

(2) The likelihood of evidence other than hearsay being available at trial to provide the information furnished by hearsay at the preliminary hearing. [Formerly 133.820; 1981 c.892 §88c; 2007 c.71 §33]

See also annota­tions under ORS 133.820 in permanent edi­tion.

Law Review Cita­tions

19 WLR 347 (1983)

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 (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 135, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano135.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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