2017 ORS 18.052¹
Duty of judge with respect to form of judgment document

(1) A judge rendering a judgment shall file with the court administrator a judgment document that incorporates the judgment. The judge must sign the judgment document unless the court administrator is authorized by law to sign the judgment document. Before signing a judgment document, the judge shall ensure that all requirements imposed by law for entry of the judgment have been fulfilled, including the making of any written findings of fact or conclusions of law. If a proposed judgment document submitted under ORS 18.035 (Preparation of judgment document) does not comply with the requirements of ORS 18.038 (Form of judgment document generally), 18.042 (Judgment in civil action that includes money award) and 18.048 (Judgment in criminal action that contains money award), the judge may not sign the judgment document. If a proposed judgment document submitted under ORS 18.035 (Preparation of judgment document) establishes paternity or includes a provision concerning support, but does not comply with the requirements of ORS 25.020 (When support payment to be made to Department of Justice) (8), the judge may not sign the judgment document. Unless the judgment is exempt under ORS 18.038 (Form of judgment document generally) (2), the judge shall ensure that the title of the judgment document indicates whether the judgment is a limited judgment, general judgment or supplemental judgment. If the judgment is a limited judgment rendered under the provisions of ORCP 67 B, the judge must determine that there is no just reason for delay, but the judgment document need not reflect that determination if the title of the judgment document indicates that the judgment is a limited judgment.

(2) A court administrator who signs a judgment under authority granted by law has the same duties as a judge under the provisions of this section.

(3) This section does not apply to justice courts, municipal courts or county courts performing judicial functions. [2003 c.576 §7; 2005 c.561 §1; 2005 c.568 §14]

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Notes of Decisions

If terms used by trial court suffice to convey court’s concluding decision or decisions, and if terms are set forth in docu­ment properly titled as judg­ment, then judg­ment docu­ment contains judg­ment. Interstate Roofing, Inc. v. Springfield Corp., 347 Or 144, 218 P3d 113 (2009)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 18—Judgments, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors018.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 18, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano018.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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