2017 ORS 18.075¹
Entry of judgments in circuit courts generally

(1) A judgment is entered in circuit court when a court administrator notes in the register that a judgment document has been filed with the court administrator.

(2) Subject to ORS 18.058 (Duty of court administrator with respect to form of judgment document) (2), when a judge files a judgment document with the court administrator, the court administrator shall note in the register:

(a) That the judgment document has been filed and the day, hour and minute that the judgment is entered.

(b) Whether the judgment is a limited judgment, a general judgment or a supplemental judgment.

(c) Whether the judgment includes a money award.

(d) Whether the judgment creates a judgment lien under ORS 18.150 (Judgment liens in circuit courts).

(3) If the court administrator notes in the register that a judgment creates a judgment lien, the court administrator shall note in a judgment lien record maintained by the court administrator:

(a) The name of all judgment debtors.

(b) The name of all judgment creditors.

(c) The amount of the money award.

(d) Whether the money award includes a support award or an award of restitution.

(4) If the court administrator makes a notation of judgment in the judgment lien record, the court administrator shall thereafter also note in the judgment lien record:

(a) The date on which any appeal is filed.

(b) Whether a supersedeas undertaking, as defined in ORS 19.005 (Definitions), is filed.

(c) The date of any decision on appeal.

(d) Any execution issued by the court and the return on any execution.

(e) Any satisfaction of the judgment, when entered.

(f) Other such information as may be deemed necessary by court order or court rule.

(5) The court administrator shall enter a judgment in the register within 24 hours after the judgment document is filed with court administrator, excluding Saturdays and legal holidays. If the court administrator is not able to enter the judgment within the time prescribed in this subsection, or fails to do so, the court administrator shall enter the judgment as soon as practicable thereafter.

(6) Except as provided in ORS 18.058 (Duty of court administrator with respect to form of judgment document), the court administrator shall be subject to the direction of the court in entering judgments in the register.

(7) The court administrator shall not delay entry of judgment under ORCP 68 for taxation of attorney fees or costs and disbursements.

(8) Administrative orders entered in the register under ORS 416.440 (Filing order with court) have the effect provided for in that section.

(9) The State Court Administrator shall ensure that the register and the judgment lien record be established and maintained in a uniform manner in the circuit courts.

(10) References in Oregon Revised Statutes to docketing of a judgment are equivalent to entry of a judgment as described in subsection (1) of this section.

(11) This section does not apply to justice courts, municipal courts or county courts performing judicial functions. [2003 c.576 §9; 2005 c.568 §15; 2005 c.618 §2; 2007 c.339 §2; 2011 c.398 §1]

Note: Section 9a, chapter 576, Oregon Laws 2003, provides:

Sec. 9a. (1) Notwithstanding any other provision of sections 1 to 44 of this 2003 Act [ORS chapter 18] or any other law, a court administrator need not make any entry in the register or in the separate record maintained under section 9 of this 2003 Act [18.075 (Entry of judgments in circuit courts generally)] that is different from the entries made by the court administrator before the effective date of this 2003 Act [January 1, 2004] until such time as funding is available to make such modifications as may be necessary to accommodate those entries in the computer systems utilized by the circuit courts.

(2) All references to the docket in computer records and documents of the circuit courts shall be construed to be references to the separate record maintained under section 9 of this 2003 Act, without regard to whether those records or documents are created before, on or after the effective date of this 2003 Act. Subject to availability of funding, the circuit courts shall make such changes in their computer systems and other document-generating systems as soon as possible after the effective date of this 2003 Act to eliminate references to the docket.

(3) All references to decrees in computer records and documents of the circuit courts shall be construed to be references to judgments, without regard to whether those records or documents are created before, on or after the effective date of this 2003 Act. Subject to availability of funding, the circuit courts shall make such changes in their computer systems and other document-generating systems as soon as possible after the effective date of this 2003 Act to eliminate references to decrees.

(4) All references to money judgments in computer records and documents of the circuit courts shall be construed to be references to money awards, without regard to whether those records or documents are created before, on or after the effective date of this 2003 Act. Subject to availability of funding, the circuit courts shall make such changes in their computer systems and other document-generating systems as soon as possible after the effective date of this 2003 Act to eliminate references to money judgments. [2003 c.576 §9a]

Note: See note under 18.048 (Judgment in criminal action that contains money award).

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute (Orcp 70)

Where clerk’s nota­tion of filing in register does not accurately identify underlying disposi­tion as being judg­ment, entry of judg­ment is not “effective.” Patrick v. Otteman, 158 Or App 175, 974 P2d 217 (1999), Sup Ct review denied

Under Former Similar Statute (Ors 18.030)

Time for filing notice of ap­peal under ORS 19.225 (Appealability of certain orders in class actions) is to be computed from date of clerk’s entry of judg­ment in journal. Blackledge v. Harrington, 289 Or 139, 611 P2d 292 (1980)

In General

Where court administrator enters judg­ment in register, error in designating type of judg­ment does not affect ap­pealability of judg­ment. Garcia v. DMV, 195 Or App 604, 99 P3d 316 (2004)

Supple­mental judg­ment arising from limited judg­ment, but entered before entry of general judg­ment, is not valid. Interstate Roofing, Inc. v. Springville Corp., 217 Or App 412, 177 P3d 1 (2008), modified 220 Or App 671, 188 P3d 359 (2008), modified 224 Or App 94, 197 P3d 27 (2008), overruled on other grounds, 347 Or 144, 218 P3d 113 (2009)

Law Review Cita­tions

In General

44 WLR 377 (2007)

Chapter 18

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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