ORS 18.790¹
Search fee
  • garnishment processing fee

(1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, the garnishor must pay a $10 search fee at the time of delivery of any writ of garnishment on a financial institution, or at the time a notice of garnishment is delivered to the financial institution under ORS 18.854 (Notices of garnishment generally). A separate search fee must be delivered to the financial institution for each debtor if the writ is issued for more than one debtor under ORS 18.607 (Form of writ) (5). If the search fee required by this section is not paid:

(a) The garnishment is not effective to garnish any property of the debtor; and

(b) The financial institution need not file a garnishee response.

(2) The search fee provided for in this section need not be paid to a financial institution if the debtor is an employee of the financial institution.

(3) Notwithstanding subsection (1) of this section, a financial institution may enter into an agreement with any state agency authorized to garnish pursuant to ORS 18.645 (Writs issued by Division of Child Support or district attorney) or 18.854 (Notices of garnishment generally) for periodic billing and payment of garnishee search fees required under this section.

(4) The right of a financial institution to receive the search fee provided for in this section does not in any way restrict or impair the right of the financial institution to charge and collect an additional garnishment processing fee from any debtor whose property the financial institution holds, or to whom the financial institution owes money. However, a financial institution may not charge or collect a garnishment processing fee in violation of ORS 652.610 (Itemized statement of amounts and purposes of deductions). If a financial institution charges a garnishment processing fee, the financial institution may collect the fee by deducting the amount of the fee from any amount that the financial institution owes to the debtor. [2001 c.249 §55; 2003 c.85 §16a; 2007 c.356 §1]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 18—Judgments, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors18.­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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