ORS 40.280¹
Rule 511. Waiver of privilege by voluntary disclosure

A person upon whom ORS 40.225 (Rule 503. Lawyer-client privilege) to 40.295 (Rule 514. Effect on existing privileges) confer a privilege against disclosure of the confidential matter or communication waives the privilege if the person or the person’s predecessor while holder of the privilege voluntarily discloses or consents to disclosure of any significant part of the matter or communication. This section does not apply if the disclosure is itself a privileged communication. Voluntary disclosure does not occur with the mere commencement of litigation or, in the case of a deposition taken for the purpose of perpetuating testimony, until the offering of the deposition as evidence. Voluntary disclosure does not occur when representatives of the news media are allowed to attend executive sessions of the governing body of a public body as provided in ORS 192.660 (Executive sessions permitted on certain matters) (4), or when representatives of the news media disclose information after the governing body has prohibited disclosure of the information under ORS 192.660 (Executive sessions permitted on certain matters) (4). Voluntary disclosure does occur, as to psychotherapists in the case of a mental or emotional condition and physicians in the case of a physical condition upon the holder’s offering of any person as a witness who testifies as to the condition. [1981 c.892 §39; 2003 c.259 §1]

(Rule 511)

See also annota­tions under ORS 44.030 in permanent edi­tion.

Notes of Decisions

Under this rule defendant waived psychotherapist-patient privilege when he called his former mother-in-law to testify about an incident of alcohol-induced amnesia and, therefore, it was not error for psychiatrist who had examined defendant at counsel's request to testify about defendant's alcohol dependency and to state conclusion that defendant nevertheless could have acted with conscious objective to commit the acts at the time in ques­tion. State v. Corgain, 63 Or App 26, 663 P2d 773 (1983), Sup Ct review denied

Father waived privilege of confidentiality in psychological report by furnishing it to his expert in prepara­tion for trial and calling expert to testify about father's mental condi­tion. Boon and Boon, 100 Or App 354, 786 P2d 215 (1990)

In excess liability ac­tion, trial court properly applied attorney client privilege to docu­ments relating to assign­ment agree­ment between insured and his assignees, deposi­tions and file ma­te­ri­als related to underlying medical malpractice case and ma­te­ri­al in files of insured's attorney relating to excess liability ac­tion. Stumpf v. Continental Casualty Co., 102 Or App 302, 794 P2d 1228 (1990)

Factors court may consider in determining whether waiver has occurred include whether disclosure was inadvertent, whether any at­tempt was promptly made to remedy error and whether preserva­tion of privilege will be unfair to proponent. GPL Treat­ment, Ltd. v. Louisiana-Pacific Corp., 133 Or App 633, 894 P2d 470 (1995), aff'd on other grounds, 323 Or 116, 914 P2d 682 (1996)

To prevent waiver of privilege during perpetua­tion deposi­tion, party must object to disputed testimony both at time deposi­tion is taken and at time offered at trial. State ex rel OHSU v. Haas, 325 Or 492, 942 P2d 261 (1997)

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