Oregon State Bar Bulletin — APRIL 2015

Oregon is the only Western state that does not require verbatim recording of grand jury testimony (and the only one in the West). Whether a change is needed has been a point of contention for many years between prosecutors and defense attorneys. The district attorneys generally have maintained that Oregon's system works well, while the defense bar has argued that the current setup is unbalanced in terms of fairness, and that they and their clients are left in the dark as a result of not having access to what witnesses told a grand jury. Cliff Collins reports on why mandatory recordings and other grand jury reforms have received greater attention in recent years.