2015 ORS 419B.310¹
Conduct of hearings

(1) The hearing shall be held by the court without a jury and may be continued from time to time. During the hearing of a case filed pursuant to ORS 419B.100 (Jurisdiction), the court, on its own motion or upon the motion of a party, may take testimony from any child appearing as a witness and may exclude the child’s parents and other persons if the court finds such action would be likely to be in the best interests of the child. However, the court shall not exclude the attorney for each party and the testimony shall be reported.

(2) Stenographic notes or other report of the hearings shall be taken only when required by the court.

(3) The facts alleged in the petition showing the child to be within the jurisdiction of the court as provided in ORS 419B.100 (Jurisdiction) (1), unless admitted, must be established by a preponderance of competent evidence. [1993 c.33 §101; 1993 c.546 §51; 2001 c.622 §54]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 419B—Juvenile Code: Dependency, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors419B.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
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.