Columbia County Courthouse; Photo Credit: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

What is the Council?

The Council on Court Procedures is the Oregon public body that is most directly involved in creating, reviewing, and amending the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure that govern procedure and practice in all Oregon circuit courts (except for the small claims departments). 

Deschutes County Courthouse; Photo Credit: Oregon Judicial Department

History of the Council

The original Council on Court Procedures drafted a comprehensive set of civil trial court rules bearing the title “Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure” (“ORCP”) for submission to the 1979 Legislature. The Legislature, with a few changes, adopted the ORCP by statute to become effective January 1, 1980.

Clackamas County Courthouse; Photo Credit: Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives

Membership

Members of the Council are drawn from appellate and circuit court judges, practicing attorneys who represent both those who bring civil cases and those who defend them, and a public member.