2015 ORS 137.183¹
Interest on judgments
  • waiver
  • payments

(1)(a) Criminal judgments bear interest at the rate provided by ORS 82.010 (Legal rate of interest). Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, criminal judgments bear interest for a period of 20 years after the judgment is entered. Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, criminal judgments begin to accrue interest on the date the judgment is entered and do not bear interest after the expiration of the 20-year period.

(b) When a person is sentenced to a term of imprisonment, interest on a judgment in a criminal action does not begin to accrue until the first day of the second full calendar month after the person’s initial release from custody following the sentencing in which the monetary obligation was imposed. If the judgment includes a money award for restitution, the judgment accrues interest for a period of 20 years after the first day of the second full calendar month after the person’s initial release from custody following the sentencing in which the monetary obligation was imposed.

(2) The State Court Administrator may waive interest, or cause waiver of interest, on any criminal judgment or category of criminal judgments for the purpose of administering the collection of judgments of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Oregon Tax Court and circuit courts. A judge of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Oregon Tax Court or a circuit court may waive interest in any criminal action or proceeding for good cause shown.

(3) A municipal judge may waive interest on any criminal judgment, or category of criminal judgments, entered in the municipal court in which the judge presides. A justice of the peace may waive interest on any criminal judgment, or category of criminal judgments, entered in the justice court in which the justice of the peace presides.

(4) A waiver under subsection (2) or (3) of this section may be for all or part of the interest payable on a criminal judgment and may be for a specified period of time.

(5) All payments collected under a criminal judgment must first be applied against the principal amount of a money award. Payments may be applied against interest on the money award only after the principal amount of the money award is paid. This subsection applies only to judgments of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Oregon Tax Court and circuit courts.

(6) Moneys collected as interest under a criminal judgment may be applied against costs of collection. Except as provided in subsection (7) of this section:

(a) Any amounts of moneys collected as interest on judgments of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Oregon Tax Court or circuit courts that remain after payment of collection costs shall be deposited in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Account to be used for the purposes specified in ORS 147.225 (Criminal Injuries Compensation Account).

(b) Any amounts of moneys collected as interest on judgments of the municipal or justice courts that remain after payment of collection costs shall be deposited in the general fund of the city or county in which the court operates and be available for general governmental purposes.

(7) After any payment of costs of collection, any interest collected on an award for restitution on and after January 1, 2012, must be paid to the person in whose favor the award of restitution was made.

(8) As used in this section, "criminal judgment" means a judgment entered in a criminal action as defined in ORS 131.005 (General definitions). [1999 c.1064 §2; 2005 c.618 §7; 2007 c.626 §1]

Note: 137.183 (Interest on judgments) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 137 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 137—Judgment and Execution; Parole and Probation by the Court, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors137.­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.