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The Deschutes County Access to Justice Committee, Deschutes Public Library, and Oregon Judicial Department are extending their pilot project allowing access to electronic state court records to South County libraries. La Pine Library and Sunriver Library will begin offering access to the Oregon Judicial Case Information Network (OJCIN) on June 1, 2019.
The pilot project, which launched at Redmond Library in March, makes OJCIN accessible for free on public internet computers at the participating libraries. OJCIN OnLine includes the Oregon eCourt Case Information Network (OECI). It is a valuable resource for court case information from all 36 of Oregon’s circuit courts and the Oregon Tax Court. The system allows people to search for civil, small claims, tax, domestic and criminal (including misdemeanor and felony) cases.
“The court is very happy to extend this project to serve the people that live in La Pine and Sunriver,” said Jeff Hall, trial court administrator for the Deschutes County Circuit Court. “It is a full-day commitment to travel from La Pine to the courthouse on public transit and a long trek from Sunriver as well. This will greatly improve access to justice for those in Newberry Country.”
Case file documents are available electronically for most cases filed after January 1, 2015. Documents can be printed through the library’s print system, but certified copies can only be acquired at the courthouse. Some cases are confidential and protected statutorily and therefore not available to the public, including juvenile cases and protective orders.
The Oregon Judicial Department website, courts.oregon.gov, also provides information on court calendars, hours, services, contact information, self-help resources and electronic forms for a variety of legal topics, and more.