ORS 153.080¹
Testimony by affidavit or declaration

(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the court may admit as evidence in any trial in a violation proceeding the affidavit or declaration of a witness in lieu of taking the testimony of the witness orally and in court. The authority granted under this section is subject to all of the following:

(a) Testimony may not be presented by affidavit or declaration under the provisions of this section unless the court has adopted rules providing procedures for the introduction and use of testimony by affidavit or declaration.

(b) The court shall allow testimony by affidavit or declaration under this section only upon receiving a signed statement from the defendant waiving the right to have the testimony presented orally in court.

(c) Testimony by affidavit or declaration under this section is not subject to objection as hearsay.

(d) A statement signed by the defendant under paragraph (b) of this subsection does not constitute a waiver of trial unless the affidavit or declaration specifically so provides.

(e) Nothing in this section requires that the defendant or any other witness waive the right to appear if other testimony is introduced by affidavit or declaration as provided in this section.

(2) As used in this section, “declaration” means a declaration under penalty of perjury in the form required by ORCP 1 E. [1999 c.1051 §22; 2015 c.121 §2]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 153—Violations and Fines, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors153.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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.
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