Attorney fees for person prevailing in contested case
(1) A person who prevails following a contested case hearing under this chapter or ORS 171.778 (Complaint and adjudicatory process) shall be awarded reasonable attorney fees at the conclusion of the contested case or on appeal.
(2) Upon prevailing following a contested case hearing or lawsuit, the person may petition the Marion County Circuit Court for the purpose of determining the award of reasonable attorney fees. The Oregon Government Ethics Commission shall be named as a respondent in the petition. The petitioner and respondent shall follow the procedure provided in ORCP 68 for the determination of reasonable attorney fees. The court shall give precedence on its docket to petitions filed under this subsection as the circumstances may require.
(3) An appellate court shall award reasonable attorney fees to the person if the person prevails on appeal from any decision of the commission.
(4) Attorney fees to be awarded under this section shall be only those fees incurred by the person from the time the commission notifies the person that it has entered an order to move to a contested case proceeding.
(5) Any attorney fees awarded to the person pursuant to this section shall be paid by the commission from moneys appropriated or allocated to the commission from the General Fund. [1991 c.770 §9; 1993 c.743 §30; 2007 c.865 §26]
[Reserved for expansion]
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