ORS 146.165¹
  • findings
  • testimony and verdict of inquest as admissible evidence in subsequent proceedings

(1) The jury shall give its verdict in writing, signed by its members, setting forth its findings from the evidence produced:

(a) Who the deceased person was;

(b) When and where the deceased person came to death;

(c) The cause of death; and

(d) The manner of death.

(2) The verdict of a jury of inquest shall not preclude nor require a criminal charge by the grand jury or district attorney.

(3) The testimony of any witness before a jury of inquest shall not be admissible evidence in any civil or criminal proceeding except:

(a) A criminal trial in which the witness is charged with perjury or false swearing arising from the testimony given before the jury of inquest.

(b) A civil or criminal trial in which the testimony before the jury of inquest is offered as a prior inconsistent statement to impeach the same witness.

(4) The verdict of a jury of inquest shall not be admitted into evidence in any trial. [1973 c.408 §24]

Chapter 146

Law Review Cita­tions

10 WLJ 2-10 (1973)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 146—Investigations of Deaths, Injuries and Missing Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors146.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 146, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano146.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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