Court Resources is an educational project of the Multnomah Bar Association. A number of resources are available to the public, schools, neighborhood associations, civic organizations, churches and synagogues on the topic of the judicial branch. Please contact us at 503.222.3275 if we may be of assistance. The following resources are excellent sources of additional information:

Oregon Judicial Department

MBA Courts Page

Oregon State Court Resources at

Oregon County Historical Records Guide

Courthouse news

Multnomah County Gresham Courthouse, currently rated one of the worst court facilities across the nation, will likely be replaced in 2011
Daily Journal of Commerce, August 31, 2010

Crumbling Courthouses Plaque Oregon Counties
Daily Journal of Commerce, August 6, 2009

Funding for Courthouse Remains in Question
Daily Journal of Commerce, May 1, 2008

PDC Cuts Check to Multnomah County for New Courthouse
Portland Business Journal, April 21, 2008

Long Road Ahead for New Multnomah County Courthouse
Daily Journal of Commerce, Dec. 17, 2007

A Crumbling Courthouse Puts the Entire Community in Jeopardy (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, October 2007

As First and Main in Downtown Portland Dig Begins, County Hopes to Piggyback
Daily Journal of Commerce, Aug. 9, 2007

The Semi-Annual Courthouse Column (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, December 2006

2007 Legislative Session: Opportunity for Better Funding of Our Justice System (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, November 2006

From the President: East County Justice Facility (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, May 2006

From the President: Efforts to site courthouse on Government Square (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, April 2006

Multnomah County Pressured to Acquire Land Downtown for New Courthouse
Daily Journal of Commerce, April 5, 2006

A New Courthouse: The Time is Now (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, February 2006

The Courthouse Blues
Oregon State Bar Bulletin, February/March 2005

Multnomah County Expected to Move Forward on Siting New Courthouses
Daily Journal of Commerce, March 4, 2004

Judicial independence

“May it Please the Court” and Measure 51 (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, May 2008

A Simple Concept, A Truly Grand Idea
The Oregonian, April 28, 2008

Law Day at 50, The Rule of Law and a Plug for Court Care (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, April 2008

The Judicial Department Needs Your Support (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, May 2007

No on Constitutional Amendment 40 (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, September 2006

President’s Column: Opposing placement of Initiative 41 on ballot (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, September 2005

Constitutional Amendment 40 Position Paper (PDF)

Oregon State Bar, August 2006

The Rule of Law Differentiates Us (PDF)
Multnomah Lawyer, May 2005