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Uniform Civil and Criminal Jury Instructions
Updated annually, these instructions are used by most judges in Oregon courts and by counsel throughout the state.

Civil Volume
2005 Revision with 2006-2014 Supplements

Instructions include: Cautionary • General Instructions • Negligence, Causation, Foreseeability, and Comparative Negligence • Agency • Motor Vehicles • Miscellaneous Torts • Employment Actions • Condemnation • Contracts • Damages • Landlord-Tenant • Verdicts

The Uniform Civil Jury Instructions Committee did a comprehensive review of all jury instructions, last reviewed in 2005, to ensure accuracy. Included in the 2014 supplement are revised instructions on Comparative Negligence, Causation, Apportionment of Damages, and Employer Liability Law. The committee made minor revisions to, or updated the comments of, 53 instructions in various categories. In addition, the committee reviewed at least 77 instructions in various categories and determined that they are still accurate.


Criminal Volume
2009 Revision with 2010-2014 Supplements

Instructions include: General Instructions • Defenses • Offenses Against the State • Homicide • Assault, Menacing, Recklessly Endangering, and Coercion • Kidnapping and Custodial Interference • Rape, Sodomy, and Sexual Offenses • Family Offenses • Theft • Burglary and Criminal Trespass • Arson and Criminal Mischief • Robbery • Forgery • Riot, Harassment, and Disorderly Conduct • Weapons and Firearms • Vice • Controlled Substances • Traffic Offenses • Wildlife Offenses • Boating Offenses • Animals • Computer Crime • Environmental Crimes • Sentencing-Phase Instructions • Miscellaneous Instructions

One of the highlights in the 2014 supplement is a section in the Users' Guide on "Preservation of Instructional Error for Appellate Review." The supplement also contains two new enhancement-factor instructions and, as usual, a number of amended instructions, including aggravated harassment, sexual abuse in the second degree, and failure to perform the duties of a driver.


This publication discusses the types of damages awards that may be available to your client, as well as the elements of various claims and the requisite pleading and proof of each. The chapters include practice tips, suggested jury instructions, and references to relevant statutory and case law—all to help you analyze both plaintiff and defense strategies in damages claims. The 2007 cumulative supplement updates the 1998 revision through several legislative sessions and recent case law, and includes discussions on: recent opinions of forseability; most recent case law on punitive damages; discussion of when nominal damages are recoverable; changes in definition of prevailing party in regards to attorney fee awards; and much more.

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Federal Civil Litigation in Oregon
Specifically designed for attorneys practicing in the federal district court in Oregon, this book includes detailed discussions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in conjunction with the local rules for Oregon and relevant case law. Highlights include: new chapters on preservation, discovery, and presentation of electronic evidence, and e-filing, FRCP amendments taking effect in December 2009, effect of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 on federal jurisdiction over class actions, and discussion of recent Ninth Circuit cases on general and specific jurisdiction. This revision also includes over 2,500 cases.

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Oregon Civil Litigation Manual
This book guides you all the way from the initial client interview to the appeals process. The 2004 revision updates rules, cases, and statutes, including the substantially revised laws governing judgments enacted by the 2003 Legislature. The 2009 supplement includes various aspects of the Oregon eCourt program, as well as e-filing, analysis of the judgment statute updates made during recent legislative sessions, postverdict review of punitive damages awards, an updated list of Oregon attorney fee provisions, and more than 100 forms.

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Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice

The sixth edition of Oregon Civil Pleading and Practice compiles relevant court cases on procedural developments and is a comprehensive guide to pleading and practice in Oregon state courts. It is a must-have for any attorney who handles civil cases.

• Forms on CD included with purchase—contains over 200 forms.
• New chapter on e-discovery, including discussions on preserving electronically stored information and responding to discovery requests for such information
• Rules for pleading a claim for attorney fees
• New material addressing the amendments to ORCP 69 governing default
• Types of evidence admissible at summary judgment
• New chapter on expedited civil jury trials

This two-volume set covers all the basics for your litigation practice, from jurisdiction to depositions, to posttrial matters.

Oregon Trial Objections
Oregon Trial Objections provides novice and seasoned litigators alike with a handy quick-reference tool, to be ready to state the proper objection to any questionable evidence at trial and to respond to objections raised by opposing counsel. Arranged in alphabetical order of objections, each possible objection in this new publication provides you with: the proper form of objection; the possible responses to an objection; an explanation of the objection and responses; a cross-reference to OREGON EVIDENCE, by Laird C. Kirkpatrick, for further research; the full text of the relevant Oregon Evidence Rule(s); and space for notes related to your current case or new case law.

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