ORS 162.055¹
Definitions for ORS 162.055 to 162.425

As used in ORS 162.055 (Definitions for ORS 162.055 to 162.425) to 162.425 (Misuse of confidential information) and 162.465 (Unlawful legislative lobbying), unless the context requires otherwise:

(1) “Benefit” means gain or advantage to the beneficiary or to a third person pursuant to the desire or consent of the beneficiary.

(2) “Material” means that which could have affected the course or outcome of any proceeding or transaction. Whether a false statement is “material” in a given factual situation is a question of law.

(3) “Statement” means any representation of fact and includes a representation of opinion, belief or other state of mind where the representation clearly relates to state of mind apart from or in addition to any facts which are the subject of the representation.

(4) “Sworn statement” means any statement that attests to the truth of what is stated and that is knowingly given under any form of oath or affirmation or by declaration under penalty of perjury as described in ORCP 1 E.

(5) “Unsworn declaration” has the meaning given that term in ORS 194.805 (Definitions). [1971 c.743 §182; 1981 c.892 §90; 2003 c.194 §4; 2013 c.218 §18]

Notes of Decisions

Where defendant testified that he paid woman and that she signed satisfac­tion of judg­ment, his other testimony, such as where and how he got money, was ma­te­ri­al and sufficient to support perjury charge. State v. Ray, 36 Or App 375, 584 P2d 366 (1978), Sup Ct review denied

Where defendant, in pro­ceed­ing to terminate her parental rights, made false state­ment in regard to her use of drugs, these state­ments were not ma­te­ri­al under this sec­tion, where usage of drugs was not alleged in peti­tion for grounds for termina­tion. State v. Darnell, 49 Or App 461, 619 P2d 1321 (1980)

To be sworn state­ment, oath or affirma­tion may be in any form having sufficient level of formality to impress maker with seriousness of act. State v. Carr, 319 Or 408, 877 P2d 1192 (1994)

Chapter 162

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 162—Offenses Against the State and Public Justice, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors162.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 162, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano162.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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. Currency Information