2017 ORS 419B.055¹
Action by Attorney General for protective order on behalf of department employee
  • written request
  • eligible employees

(1) The Attorney General may bring an action in a circuit court for a citation or a stalking protective order under ORS 30.866 (Action for issuance or violation of stalking protective order) or 163.730 (Definitions for ORS 30.866 and 163.730 to 163.750) to 163.750 (Violating a court’s stalking protective order) on behalf of an employee of the Department of Human Services who, because of being involved in the conduct described in subsection (3) of this section, is the subject of repeated and unwanted contact by another person that causes alarm or coercion to the employee. The Attorney General’s responsibility under this subsection is limited to circumstances in which an employee of the department submits a written request to the Attorney General that:

(a) Has been approved in writing by the Director of Human Services or the director’s designee;

(b) Sets forth sufficient facts and evidence, the truth of which has been affirmed by the employee; and

(c) Based solely upon the opinion of the Attorney General, is an action that is likely to succeed.

(2) The action brought under this section may not include a request for:

(a) Special and general damages, including damages for emotional distress;

(b) Economic or noneconomic damages;

(c) Punitive damages; or

(d) Attorney fees and costs.

(3) Departmental employees on whose behalf the citation or stalking protective order may be obtained under subsection (1) of this section include employees who:

(a) Conduct a child abuse investigation under ORS 419B.020 (Duty of department or law enforcement agency receiving report);

(b) Make a determination that a child must be taken into protective custody under ORS 419B.150 (When protective custody authorized);

(c) Make a determination that a child should not be released to the child’s parent or other responsible person under ORS 419B.165 (Release of child taken into custody) (2); and

(d) Are involved in developing a case plan or making a placement decision for a child in the legal custody of the department. [2015 c.653 §1]

Note: 419B.055 (Action by Attorney General for protective order on behalf of department employee) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 419B or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statutes

Due process does not require the appoint­ment of “independent counsel” to represent the child in every adop­tion or termina­tion of parental rights pro­ceed­ing. F. v. C., 24 Or App 601, 547 P2d 175 (1976)

When sec­ond termina­tion of parental rights pro­ceed­ing was not itself barred, proof was not limited by res judicata or collateral estoppel principles to facts or evidence which was not considered in or which came in to being after first pro­ceed­ing. State ex rel Juvenile Dept. v. Newman, 49 Or App 221, 619 P2d 901 (1980), Sup Ct review denied

Chapter 419B

Notes of Decisions

Due process rights of parents are al­ways implicated in construc­tion and applica­tion of pro­vi­sions of this chapter. Depart­ment of Human Services v. J.R.F., 351 Or 570, 273 P3d 87 (2012)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 419B—Juvenile Code: Dependency, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors419B.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2017, Chapter 419B, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano419B.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
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.