2015 ORS 419C.532¹
Hearings of juvenile panel of Psychiatric Security Review Board
  • requirements
  • standards
  • dispositions

(1) The juvenile panel of the Psychiatric Security Review Board shall conduct hearings on an application for discharge, conditional release, commitment or modification filed under or required by ORS 419C.538 (Conditional release), 419C.540 (Discharge or conditional release after commitment) and 419C.542 (Hearings before juvenile panel of Psychiatric Security Review Board), and shall make findings on the issues before the juvenile panel.

(2) In every hearing before the juvenile panel, the juvenile panel shall determine whether the young person:

(a) Has a serious mental condition; or

(b) Has a mental disease or defect other than a serious mental condition and presents a substantial danger to others.

(3) The juvenile panel shall order a young person discharged from commitment or conditional release if the juvenile panel finds that the young person:

(a) No longer has a mental disease or defect; or

(b) Has a mental disease or defect other than a serious mental condition but no longer presents a substantial danger to others.

(4) The juvenile panel shall order a young person conditionally released subject to ORS 419C.538 (Conditional release) if the juvenile panel finds that:

(a) The young person:

(A) Has a serious mental condition; or

(B) Has a mental disease or defect other than a serious mental condition and presents a substantial danger to others;

(b) The young person can be adequately controlled with treatment services as a condition of release; and

(c) Necessary supervision and treatment services are available.

(5) The juvenile panel shall order a young person committed to, or retained in, a hospital or facility designated by the Department of Human Services or the Oregon Health Authority for custody, supervision and treatment subject to ORS 419C.540 (Discharge or conditional release after commitment) if the juvenile panel finds that the young person:

(a)(A) Has a serious mental condition; or

(B) Has a mental disease or defect other than a serious mental condition and presents a substantial danger to others; and

(b) Cannot be adequately controlled if conditionally released.

(6) In determining whether a young person should be committed to or retained in a hospital or facility, conditionally released or discharged, the primary concern of the juvenile panel is the protection of society.

(7) In a hearing before the juvenile panel, a young person who has a mental disease or defect in a state of remission is considered to have a mental disease or defect if the mental disease or defect may, with reasonable medical probability, occasionally become active.

(8) At any time, the juvenile panel may appoint a psychiatrist certified, or eligible to be certified, by the Oregon Medical Board in child psychiatry or a licensed psychologist with expertise in child psychology to examine the young person and submit a written report to the juvenile panel. Reports filed with the juvenile panel pursuant to the examination must include, but need not be limited to, an opinion as to whether the young person:

(a)(A) Has a serious mental condition; or

(B) Has a mental disease or defect other than a serious mental condition and presents a substantial danger to others; and

(b) Could be adequately controlled with treatment services as a condition of release.

(9) The juvenile panel may make a determination regarding discharge or conditional release based upon the written report submitted under subsection (8) of this section or ORS 419C.540 (Discharge or conditional release after commitment) (3). If a member of the juvenile panel desires further information from the examining psychiatrist or licensed psychologist who submitted the report, the juvenile panel shall summon the psychiatrist or psychologist to give testimony.

(10) The juvenile panel shall consider all available evidence that is material, relevant and reliable regarding the issues before the juvenile panel. Evidence may include, but is not limited to, the record of the juvenile court adjudication, information supplied by the attorney representing the state or by any other interested person, including the young person, information concerning the young person’s mental condition and the entire psychiatric and juvenile court history of the young person. All evidence of a type commonly relied upon by reasonably prudent persons in the conduct of their serious affairs is admissible at the hearings. Testimony must be taken upon oath or affirmation of the witness from whom received. The officer presiding at the hearing shall administer oaths and affirmations to witnesses.

(11) The standard of proof on all issues at a hearing of the juvenile panel is by a preponderance of the evidence.

(12)(a) The juvenile panel shall furnish written notice of any hearing pending under this section within a reasonable time prior to the hearing to:

(A) The young person about whom the hearing is being conducted;

(B) The attorney representing the young person;

(C) The young person’s parents or guardians, if known;

(D) The person having legal custody of the young person;

(E) The Attorney General or other attorney representing the state, if any; and

(F) The district attorney and the court or juvenile department of the county in which the young person was adjudicated.

(b) The juvenile panel shall include in the notice required by paragraph (a) of this subsection:

(A) The time, place and location of the hearing;

(B) The nature of the hearing, the specific action for which the hearing has been requested, the issues to be considered at the hearing and a reference to the particular sections of the statutes and rules involved;

(C) A statement of the authority and jurisdiction under which the hearing is to be held; and

(D) A statement of all rights under subsection (13) of this section.

(13) A young person about whom a hearing is being held has the right:

(a) To appear at all proceedings held under this section, except juvenile panel deliberations.

(b) To cross-examine all witnesses appearing to testify at the hearing.

(c) To subpoena witnesses and documents as provided in ORS 161.395 (Subpoena power).

(d) To be represented by suitable legal counsel possessing skills and experience commensurate with the nature and complexity of the case, to consult with counsel prior to the hearing and, if financially eligible, to have suitable counsel appointed at state expense.

(e) To examine all information, documents and reports that the juvenile panel considers and, if the information, documents and reports are available to the juvenile panel before the hearing, to examine them prior to the hearing.

(14) Except for deliberations of the juvenile panel, the juvenile panel shall keep a record of all hearings before the juvenile panel.

(15) Upon request of a person listed in subsection (12)(a) of this section or on its own motion, the juvenile panel may continue a hearing for a reasonable period not to exceed 60 days to obtain additional information or testimony or for other good cause shown.

(16) Within 15 days after the conclusion of the hearing, the juvenile panel shall provide written notice of the juvenile panel’s decision to the young person, the attorney representing the young person, the young person’s parents or guardians, if known, the person having legal custody of the young person, the district attorney of the county in which the young person was adjudicated and the Attorney General or other attorney representing the state, if any.

(17) The juvenile panel shall maintain and keep current the medical, social and delinquency history of all young persons. The juvenile panel shall determine the confidentiality of records maintained by the juvenile panel pursuant to ORS 192.501 (Public records conditionally exempt from disclosure) to 192.505 (Exempt and nonexempt public record to be separated). [2005 c.843 §14; 2009 c.595 §371]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 419C—Juvenile Code: Delinquency, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors419C.­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.