Electronic filing of complaint for offenses subject to citation by uniform citation
(1) Notwithstanding ORS 1.525 (Uniform citation and petition forms for certain offenses), 153.045 (Citation), 221.333 (Parking ordinance violation) and 810.425 (Procedure in certain parking cases), a law enforcement officer or a person authorized to enforce parking ordinance violations, following procedures established by court rule, may file a complaint with the court by electronic means, without an actual signature of the officer, in lieu of using a written uniform citation. Law enforcement officers who file complaints under this section will be deemed to certify to the complaint and will continue to have the same rights, responsibilities and liabilities in relation to those complaints as to complaints that are certified by an actual signature.
(2) A court may allow electronic filing of complaints as described under subsection (1) of this section. Procedures established to allow electronic filing of complaints under this section shall be established by court rule and shall include procedures necessary to ensure that:
(a) The information electronically filed includes all information required on a uniform citation adopted by the Supreme Court under ORS 1.525 (Uniform citation and petition forms for certain offenses), or as required under ORS 221.333 (Parking ordinance violation) and 810.425 (Procedure in certain parking cases) for parking ordinance violations.
(b) The complaint filed electronically is verifiable as being filed by a specific law enforcement officer or, for parking ordinance violations, by a person authorized to enforce parking ordinance violations.
(c) Members of the public can obtain copies of and review complaints that are electronically filed and maintained under this section in the same manner as for complaints filed on paper. [1995 c.781 §53; 1999 c.1051 §129; 2001 c.911 §2]
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