ORS 40.250¹
Rule 504-4. Clinical social worker-client privilege

A clinical social worker licensed by the State Board of Clinical Social Workers shall not be examined in a civil or criminal court proceeding as to any communication given the clinical social worker by a client in the course of noninvestigatory professional activity when such communication was given to enable the licensed clinical social worker to aid the client, except:

(1) When the client or those persons legally responsible for the client’s affairs give consent to the disclosure;

(2) When the client initiates legal action or makes a complaint against the licensed clinical social worker to the board;

(3) When the communication reveals a clear intent to commit a crime which reasonably is expected to result in physical injury to a person;

(4) When the information reveals that a minor was the victim of a crime, abuse or neglect; or

(5) When the licensed clinical social worker is a public employee and the public employer has determined that examination in a civil or criminal court proceeding is necessary in the performance of the duty of the social worker as a public employee. [1981 c.892 §33d; 1989 c.721 §46]

Chapter 40

Evidence Code

Annota­tions are listed under the heading "Under former similar statute" if they predate the adop­tion of the Evidence Code, which went into effect January 1, 1982.

Chapter 40


Notes of Decisions

General rule is that polygraph evidence is inadmissible in pro­ceed­ing governed by Oregon Evidence Code. State v. Brown, 297 Or 404, 687 P2d 751 (1984)

Party could introduce results of polygraph test taken by spouse for purpose of showing that response of party upon learning polygraph results was reasonable. Fromdahl and Fromdahl, 314 Or 496, 840 P2d 683 (1992)

Law Review Cita­tions

59 OLR 43 (1980); 19 WLR 343 (1983)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 40—Evidence Code, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors40.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 40, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­040ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information