ORS 3.280¹
Court services for circuit courts

(1) The circuit court may obtain court services by using services available without charge or, with the prior approval of the governing body of each county in the judicial district, by:

(a) Employing or contracting for personnel or services; or

(b) Contracting or entering into agreements with public or private agencies or with private firms or individuals, or any of them.

(2) Court services obtained under subsection (1) of this section shall be subject to the supervision of the circuit court.

(3) The compensation and expenses of personnel performing or providing court services and the expenses of providing court services shall be determined by the circuit court and shall be subject to the approval of and be paid by the county or counties making up the judicial district, subject to the Local Budget Law. For purposes of retirement benefits, personnel employed by the court may be considered county employees. Personnel performing or providing court services are not state employees, and their compensation and expenses shall not be paid by the state. [1967 c.534 §6; 1981 s.s. c.3 §22]

Notes of Decisions

Psychiatric examina­tions of parents ordered by the court in connec­tion with a child custody pro­ceed­ing are “court services” and must be paid for accordingly. State ex rel Segrest v. Van Hoomissen, 276 Or 1077, 557 P2d 661 (1976)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 3—Circuit Courts Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors003.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 3, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano003.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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