Oregon State Bar Bulletin JULY 2014
HOD Regional Meetings July 15-17
The first round of regional House of Delegates meetings will be held July 15-17 throughout the state. These meetings are to familiarize delegates with the resolution process and to discuss possible resolutions. The meetings will be hosted by Board of Governor members from each region and bar staff who will answer any questions. Delegates are welcome to attend in person or by telephone. More information can be found online at www.osbar.org/leadership/hod/meeting.html.
MCLE Rule Amendments
View recent amendments to the Minimum Continuing Legal Education Rules at www.tinyurl.com/MCLEAmendments. This document contains the latest amendments, including some that became effective on June 1 and some that will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
New Tort Liability Limits Against Public Bodies
Liability limits for actions against public bodies are adjusted annually pursuant to the Oregon Tort Claims Act. The Office of the State Court Administrator has calculated the annual adjustments to the limitations on liability of public bodies for property damage or destruction. The new limitations are $109,400 for any single claimant and $546,800 for all claimants.
Public bodies’ liability limits for personal injury and death have been automatically adjusted by statute. Limitations applicable to the state for personal injury and death are $2 million for any single claimant and $4 million for all claimants. The limitations applicable to local public bodies for personal injury and death are $666,700 for any single claimant and $1,333,300 for all claimants.
These new limitations became effective July 1and apply to all causes of action arising on or after July 1, 2014, and before July 1, 2015. A list of past and current limitations on liability of public bodies can be found on the Oregon Judicial Department website at: http://courts.oregon.gov/OJD/courts/circuit/tort_claims_act.page/.
UTCR Changes Effective Aug. 1
Chief Justice Thomas A. Balmer has approved changes to the Uniform Trial Court Rules that become effective on Aug. 1. Items of particular interest address judgment modification notices, judgment following arbitration, and various changes to facilitate implementation of the Oregon eCourt Program. The 2014 version of the UTCR can be found at: http://courts.oregon.gov/OJD/programs/utcr/utcrrules.page
The UTCR committee’s next meeting is Oct. 17. The committee welcomes proposals for changes to the trial court rules. Please submit your proposals by Aug. 29 to firstname.lastname@example.org or UTCR Reporter, Supreme Court Building, 1163 State Street, Salem, OR 97301.
Request for Public Comment
There have been a number of out-of-cycle changes to the Uniform Trial Court Rules to facilitate implementation of the Oregon eCourt Program, increase the fee for a pro hac vice application, correct typographical errors and correct inaccurate web site addresses. You can view the changes at http://courts.oregon.gov/OJD/programs/utcr/utcrrules.page/.
All interested parties are encouraged to submit comment on these changes. The UTCR committee will review the comments at its Oct. 17 meeting. You can post comment at the web address mentioned above, mail it to the UTCR Reporter at the Office of the State Court Administrator, Supreme Court Building, 1163 State Street, Salem, OR 97301, or email it to email@example.com. Comments need to be received by 5 p.m., Aug. 29.
Send Search Results to Another Fastcase User
On Fastcase you get static URLs for all search results and cases. That means you can save search results as bookmarks and also send them to other Fastcase users. Here’s how: 1) Run a search. 2) From the results screen, copy and paste the Internet address (the “URL”) into an email and send to the desired recipient. 3) The recipient can access your search results by copying and pasting the URL into his or her browser window after logging in to Fastcase.