2017 ORS 36.675¹
Witnesses
  • subpoenas
  • depositions
  • discovery

(1) An arbitrator may administer oaths. An arbitrator or an attorney for any party to the arbitration proceeding may issue a subpoena for the attendance of a witness and for the production of records and other evidence at any hearing. A subpoena must be served in the manner for service of subpoenas under ORCP 55 D and, upon petition to the court by a party to the arbitration proceeding or the arbitrator, enforced in the manner provided by ORCP 55 G.

(2) In order to make the proceedings fair, expeditious and cost-effective, upon request of a party to or a witness in an arbitration proceeding, an arbitrator may permit a deposition of any witness to be taken for use as evidence at the hearing, including a witness who cannot be subpoenaed for or is unable to attend a hearing. The arbitrator shall determine the conditions under which the deposition is taken.

(3) An arbitrator may permit such discovery as the arbitrator decides is appropriate in the circumstances, taking into account the needs of the parties to the arbitration proceeding and other affected persons and the desirability of making the proceeding fair, expeditious and cost-effective.

(4) If an arbitrator permits discovery under subsection (3) of this section, the arbitrator may order a party to the arbitration proceeding to comply with the arbitrator’s discovery-related orders, issue subpoenas for the attendance of a witness and for the production of records and other evidence at a discovery proceeding, and take action against a noncomplying party to the extent a court could if the controversy were the subject of a civil action in this state.

(5) An arbitrator may issue a protective order to prevent the disclosure of privileged information, confidential information, trade secrets and other information protected from disclosure to the extent a court could if the controversy were the subject of a civil action in this state.

(6) All laws compelling a person under subpoena to testify and all fees for attending a judicial proceeding, a deposition or a discovery proceeding as a witness apply to an arbitration proceeding as if the controversy were the subject of a civil action in this state.

(7) The court may enforce a subpoena or discovery-related order for the attendance of a witness within this state, and for the production of records and other evidence issued by an arbitrator or by an attorney for any party to the proceeding in connection with an arbitration proceeding in another state, upon conditions determined by the court so as to make the arbitration proceeding fair, expeditious and cost-effective. A subpoena or discovery-related order issued by an arbitrator or by an attorney for any party to the proceeding in another state must be served in the manner provided by ORCP 55 D for service of subpoenas in a civil action in this state and, upon petition to the court by a party to the arbitration proceeding or the arbitrator, enforced in the manner provided by ORCP 55 G for enforcement of subpoenas in a civil action in this state. [2003 c.598 §17]

Note: See note under 36.600 (Definitions).

Notes of Decisions

Uniform Arbitra­tion Act applies to ac­tions filed on or after January 1, 2004, re­gard­ing agree­ment to arbitrate, regardless of date of agree­ment. Martin v. Comcast of California, 209 Or App 82, 146 P3d 380 (2006)

Uniform Arbitra­tion Act applies to any arbitra­tion agree­ment regardless of when arbitrating parties entered into agree­ment. Jeld-Wen, Inc. v. PacifiCorp, 240 Or App 124, 245 P3d 685 (2010)

Uniform Arbitra­tion Act gives courts authority to deny mo­tion to compel arbitra­tion under arbitra­tion clause on grounds that contract containing clause is unenforceable. Hinman v. Silver Star Group, LLC, 280 Or App 34, 380 P3d 994 (2016)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 36—Mediation and Arbitration, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors036.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 36, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano036.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
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