ORS 135.855¹
Material and information not subject to discovery

(1) The following material and information shall not be subject to discovery under ORS 135.805 (Applicability) to 135.873 (Protective orders):

(a) Work product, legal research, records, correspondence, reports or memoranda to the extent that they contain the opinions, theories or conclusions of the attorneys, peace officers or their agents in connection with the investigation, prosecution or defense of a criminal action.

(b) The identity of a confidential informant where the identity of the informant is a prosecution secret and a failure to disclose will not infringe the constitutional rights of the defendant. Except as provided in ORS 135.873 (Protective orders), disclosure shall not be denied hereunder of the identity of witnesses to be produced at trial.

(c) Transcripts, recordings or memoranda of testimony of witnesses before the grand jury, except transcripts or recordings of statements made by the defendant.

(d) Schematics, source codes or software of an instrument that was used to test a person’s breath, blood or urine to determine the alcoholic content of the person’s blood that are not in the actual possession or control of the state.

(2) When some parts of certain material are discoverable under ORS 135.805 (Applicability) to 135.873 (Protective orders) or 135.970 (Information required when victim contacted by defense), and other parts not discoverable, as much of the material shall be disclosed as is consistent with the provisions thereof. [1973 c.836 §218; 1999 c.304 §5; 2007 c.581 §2]

Notes of Decisions

Evidence was insufficient to show that disclosure of confidential informant’s identity was necessary for defendant’s de­fense where de­fense of entrap­ment was unsubstantiated. State v. Gill, 22 Or App 484, 539 P2d 1138 (1975)

Persons accused of mur­der were not entitled to order requiring recorda­tion of the testimony of witnesses before the grand jury considering indict­ment against them. State ex rel Smith v. Murchison, 286 Or 469, 595 P2d 1237 (1979)

Where witness for the state had testified on direct examina­tion by the state and grand jury testimony of that witness was pre­vi­ously tape-recorded, defendant was entitled, in furtherance of justice, to examine recording. State v. Hartfield, 290 Or 583, 624 P2d 588 (1981)

Trial court erred in ruling district attorney’s file was exempt from disclosure as work product where file consisted primarily of notes taken by district attorney during interviews with witnesses and contained no opinions, theories or conclusions. State v. Gallup, 108 Or App 508, 816 P2d 669 (1991)

See also annota­tions under ORS 133.755 in permanent edi­tion.

Notes of Decisions

Copy of letter sent to district court and also to district attorney’s office, entering not guilty plea and stating “by copy of this letter I am demanding reciprocal discovery from the District Attorney’s office,” was insufficient to make formal demand for disclosure of classes of in­for­ma­­tion available under these sec­tions. State v. Sheppard, 32 Or App 345, 573 P2d 1276 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

Specifica­tions, operating instruc­tions and repair and maintenance records for radar device with which arresting of­fi­cer measured defendant’s speed were not discoverable under these sec­tions. State v. Spada, 33 Or App 257, 576 P2d 33 (1978), aff’d286 Or 305, 594 P2d 815 (1979)

These sec­tions afford defendant opportunity to obtain specific and detailed in­for­ma­­tion about state’s theory of case and evidence it intends to produce at trial, and purposes that indict­ments and complaints are designed to serve in crim­i­nal cases are now served as well or better by discovery. State v. Strandquist, 57 Or App 404, 644 P2d 658 (1982), Sup Ct review denied

Nothing in discovery statutes prevents state from initiating grand jury investiga­tion of possible crim­i­nal activities by potential de­fense witnesses. State v. Huffman, 65 Or App 594, 672 P2d 1351 (1983)

Where defendant ap­peals con­vic­­tion and trial court precluded de­fense witness because of alleged discovery viola­tion and state being prejudiced, trial court obligated to explore other alternatives to remedy prejudice before precluding witness from testifying. State v. Gill, 96 Or App 358, 772 P2d 957 (1989)

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 354-369 (1972); 10 WLJ 145-166 (1974); 18 WLR 279 (1982)

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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