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The Oregon Court of Appeals is the state intermediate appellate court in the US state of Oregon. Part of the Oregon Judicial Department, it has thirteen judges and is located in Salem. Except for death penalty cases, which are reserved to the Oregon Supreme Court, and tax court cases, it has jurisdiction to hear all civil and criminal appeals from Oregon circuit courts, and to review actions of most state administrative agencies. The 13 judges of the court are chosen by the people in statewide nonpartisan elections to six-year terms, and have as their administrative head a Chief Judge appointed from their number by the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court.[1]

Oregon Court of Appeals
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EstablishedJuly 1, 1969
LocationSalem, Oregon
Composition methodNon-partisan state-wide election
Appeals toOregon Supreme Court
Judge term length6 years
Number of positions13
WebsiteOfficial site
Chief Judge
CurrentlyJames Egan

Appeals court decisions are subject to a petition by an aggrieved party for review by the Oregon Supreme Court. The petition must be made within 35 days of the decision, and the Supreme Court determines by vote of the Justices whether to review the case.[2] The court holds session at the Oregon Supreme Court Building in Salem, with offices in the neighboring Justice Building.[2]



Established in 1969, the court originally had five seats before expanding to ten seats in 1977. Also in 1977, the court's jurisdiction was expanded to include almost appeals. Prior to the expansion, it could only hear appeals to criminal, domestic relations, and some juvenile matters, as well as reviews of actions by state agencies.[3] The Oregon Legislature has debated adding additional judgeships in both 2011 and 2012.[4] Three seats were added in 2013 to bring the total to thirteen.[5] The Oregon Court of Appeals is one of the busiest appellate courts in the country, handling between 3,200 and 4,100 cases annually during a recent ten-year period.[6]

Chief judgesEdit

Chief Judges from the history of the court.[7]

Name Years
Herbert M. Schwab 1969–1980
George M. Joseph 1981–1992
William L. Richardson 1993–1997
Mary J. Deits 1997–2004
David V. Brewer 2004–2012
Rick Haselton 2012–2016
Erika L. Hadlock 2016–2018
James C. Egan 2018–present

Current judgesEdit

The current thirteen member court.[7]

Name Years
Rex Armstrong 1995–present
Darleen Ortega 2003–present
Erika L. Hadlock[8] 2011–present
James C. Egan[9] 2013–present
Joel DeVore[10] 2013–present
Erin C. Lagesen[10] 2013–present
Douglas L. Tookey[10] 2013–present
Roger J. DeHoog[11] 2016–present
Scott A. Shorr[12] 2016–present
Bronson James 2017–present
Robyn Aoyagi 2017–present
Steven Powers 2017–present
vacant 2019–present

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "An Introduction to the Courts of Oregon". Oregon Judicial Department (Official website). Salem, Oregon: Oregon Judicial Department. 2006. Archived from the original on September 23, 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2006.
  2. ^ a b "Oregon Court of Appeals". Oregon Blue Book (Online). Salem, Oregon: Oregon Secretary of State. 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2006.
  3. ^ Appeal and Review: The Basics. OSB Legal Pubs. 2010.
  4. ^ Har, Janie (February 1, 2012). "House Judiciary approves bill to add more judges to the Oregon Court of Appeals". The Oregonian. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Castillo, Andrea (January 2, 2014). "Darleen Ortega, raised near Banks, becomes Oregon's first Latina Court of Appeals judge". The Oregonian. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "Welcome to the Oregon Court of Appeals". Oregon Judicial Department.
  7. ^ a b Oregon Blue Book: Appeals Court Judges of Oregon
  8. ^ "Governor Kitzhaber appoints Erika Hadlock to Court of Appeals". Press Release: July 7, 2011. Governor John Kitzhaber. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  9. ^ "The Honorable James C. Egan". Oregon Court of Appeals. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  10. ^ a b c "Governor Kitzhaber appoints Joel DeVore, Erin Lagesen, and Doug Tookey to Oregon Court of Appeals". Press Release: October 17, 2013. Governor John Kitzhaber. Archived from the original on January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
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