Oregon eCourt

Oregon eCourt will transform state courts’ physical filing system of paper copy format, stored in rows and rows of filing cabinets, in thousands and thousands of feet of space, to electronic storage and access capabilities


Why eCourt?

The new technology will save the state significant resources and make case information, details and records immediately available to judges. Complete case records consist of information from courts, the legal community and other public safety and social service agencies. Accessing complete case files quickly will add to judges’ ability to make fully-informed, sound decisions and protect the security of our citizens. eCourt will also allow for electronic document filing and electronic payment of fees.


Oregon eCourt, a statewide web-based courthouse, has received both support and funding from the Oregon Legislative Assembly. Oregon will become the first state to provide a statewide virtual courthouse, using technology to increase access to the courts, improve court efficiency and ensure that judges have complete and timely information with which to make the most effective rulings.


eCourt protects citizens

The Oregon Judicial Department states, “Oregon eCourt technology will provide security tools to protect citizens from identity theft and the possible exploitation of sensitive information found in court records. The protection of families and children in crisis who may be at risk for harm, is enhanced by the ability of the court to recognize and respond to data placed in the system through case events or by other agencies. The availability of such comprehensive data allows the Court to provide orders of protection to law enforcement quickly so that the necessary protective measures are taken.”


Oregon Judicial Department’s explanation of eCourt

“Information provided to courts through the old, paper-based process utilizes a case number-based system. Through Oregon eCourt technology, all case information will be digitally organized by a person's name or names. This allows courts to see all current and past cases related to one person that may contain important data to help judges make the most effective decisions in pretrial releases, sentencing, and probation violations in criminal cases. It will also enhance decision making in cases involving dependency, delinquency, and family law.


“The Oregon eCourt system will not only give courts better tools to improve public safety, but it will transform how private businesses, public agencies, and individuals obtain information and services from our courts. It will transform how judges, court staff, and consumers of judicial services conduct daily court business. Our traditional courts have operated within a paper-based system where information and documents could only be accessed at a single courthouse during the eight hour business day.


“Oregon eCourt, when fully implemented throughout the state, will be the most accessible courthouse in the state, providing court services from any computer with an Internet connection, at any time. Consumers, public safety partners, and the legal community will have 24 hour a day - 7 day a week, access (based on that individual's authorization) to:


  • documents and case records
  • court information and court calendars
  • case-related filing and payment services
  • multilingual guides, online fill-in-the-blank court forms, and online self-help "centers" to assist the public with court

“Oregon eCourt will not replace in-person services at our physical courthouses. Those traditional services will remain available. Court hearings and trials will continue to convene in courthouses across the state and will be open to the public.

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“Through the implementation of Oregon eCourt, the quality and timeliness of dispute resolution will improve, access to justice will expand for citizens, and collaboration between justice system partners will be more efficient and effective. The OJD will continue to work closely with the Legislative Assembly and other partners to create the tools necessary to meet the changing needs of Oregon's citizens and businesses, and to accomplish that vision transparently and cost effectively.”