ORS 138.504¹
Waiver of counsel
  • appointment of legal advisor

(1) If the defendant wishes to waive counsel in the appeal of a criminal action to the Court of Appeals or on review of a criminal action by the Supreme Court, the court shall determine whether the defendant has made a knowing and voluntary waiver of counsel. The court shall accept the waiver of counsel if the defendant is not charged with a capital offense. The court may decline to accept the waiver of counsel if the defendant is charged with a capital offense.

(2) If the court accepts a defendant’s waiver of counsel, the court may allow an attorney to serve as the defendant’s legal advisor and, if the defendant is financially eligible for appointed counsel at state expense, may appoint an attorney as the defendant’s legal advisor.

(3) If the court declines to accept a defendant’s waiver of counsel under subsection (1) of this section, the court shall give the defendant a reasonable opportunity, as prescribed by order or rule of the court, to file a brief on the defendant’s own behalf. [2001 c.472 §2; 2001 c.962 §29a]

Note: 138.504 (Waiver of counsel) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 138 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 138—Appeals; Post-Conviction Relief, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors138.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
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.
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