Oregon Court of Appeals

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Judges of the Oregon Court of Appeals

The Oregon Court of Appeals, established by statute in 1969, is the intermediate appellate court in Oregon. The court hears all civil and criminal appeals from the circuit courts after trial and also has the jurisdiction to review some state administrative agency actions. The court does not have jurisdiction to hear death penalty cases, which is reserved for the Oregon Supreme Court, or tax court appeals, which is reserved for the Oregon Tax Court.[1] The 10 judges of the court are chosen by the people in statewide nonpartisan elections to six-year terms, and have as their administrative head a chief judge appointed from their number by the chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court.[2]

Due to its heavy caseload, the Oregon Court of Appeals hears cases divided into four panels of three judges each. At the beginning of the month, the chief judge of the court assigns each panel a number cases to hear. The chief judge does not belong to any panel, but instead, may serve as a substitute for a judge who has a conflict of interest in the case or is not available to hear it.[1]

Appeals court decisions are subject to a petition by an aggrieved party for review by the Oregon Supreme Court. The petition must be made within 35 days of the decision, and the Oregon Supreme Court determines by vote of the justices whether to review the case.[2]

  • Published opinions of the Oregon Court of Appeals can be found here.
Oregon Court of Appeals
Court information
Judges:   10
Salary:   $128,000[3]
Judicial selection
Method:   Nonpartisan election of judges
Term:   6 years


JudgeTermAppointed by
Chief judge Rick Haselton1994-2019Gov. Barbara Kay Roberts (D)
Judge Rex Armstrong1994-2019Elected
Judge Darleen Ortega2003-2016Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D)
Judge Timothy Sercombe2007-2021Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D)
Judge Rebecca Duncan2010-2021Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D)
Judge James C. Egan2013-2019Elected
Judge Lynn Nakamoto2011-2019Gov. Ted Kulongoski (D)
Judge Erika L. Hadlock2011-2019Gov. John Kitzhaber (D)
Judge Joel S. DeVore2013-2021Gov. John Kitzhaber (D)
Judge Erin C. Lagesen2013-2021Gov. John Kitzhaber (D)
Judge Douglas L. Tookey2013-2021Gov. John Kitzhaber (D)
Judge Meagan A. Flynn2014-2015Gov. John Kitzhaber (D)
Judge Chris Garrett2014-2021Gov. John Kitzhaber (D)

Judicial selection

Judges of the Oregon Court of Appeals, like those of the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Circuit Courts, are chosen in nonpartisan elections to serve six-year terms, after which they must run for re-election if they wish to continue serving.[4] For details about Oregon's judicial elections, visit the Oregon judicial elections page.


To serve on the court of appeals, a judge must be:

  • a United States citizen;
  • a qualified elector of his or her county of residence;
  • a member of the Oregon State Bar; and
  • under the age of 75.[1][4]


The annual salary for judges of the Oregon Court of Appeals was set to $132,820, commencing on January 1, 2015. The annual salary for the chief judge was set to $135,688, also commencing on January 1, 2015.[5]

Annual salaries for the judges and chief judge were previously set at $127,820 and $130,688, respectively, for the annual year commencing on January 1, 2014.[5]



See also: Oregon judicial elections, 2014
Unopposed  Judge Chris Garrett (Position 1)
Unopposed  Judge Timothy Sercombe (Position 4)
Unopposed  Judge Joel S. DeVore (Position 11)
Unopposed  Judge Erin C. Lagesen (Position 12)
Unopposed  Judge Douglas L. Tookey (Position 13)


See also: Oregon judicial elections, 2012
CandidateIncumbencyPositionPrimary VoteElection Vote
ArlowAllan J. Arlow    NoPosition 620.87% 
HadlockErika L. Hadlock   ApprovedAYesPosition 999.31%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
EganJames C. Egan   ApprovedANoPosition 646.15%ApprovedA58.05%   ApprovedA
NakamotoLynn Nakamoto   ApprovedAYesPosition 899.30%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
ArmstrongRex Armstrong   ApprovedAYesPosition 1099.28%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
HaseltonRick Haselton   ApprovedAYesPosition 599.27%ApprovedA   ApprovedA
VolpertTim Volpert    NoPosition 632.56%ApprovedA41.20%   DefeatedD


The Oregon Supreme Court building (also home to the Oregon Court of Appeals) in Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Code of Judicial Conduct sets forth ethical guidelines and principles for the conduct of judges and judicial candidates in Oregon. It is composed of six rules:

  • Rule 1: Sets forth the "Scope and Application of this Code; Definitions; Fundamental Principles"
  • Rule 2: Titled: "Maintaining the Integrity of the Judicial System," describes the role of judges in "Promoting Confidence in the Judiciary," "Avoiding Misuse of the Prestige of Office," and how they may go about "Testifying as a Character Witness."
  • Rule 3: Titled: "Impartial and Diligent Performance of Judicial Duties," outlines the responsibilities of judges, including their duty to exhibit "Impartiality and Fairness" to preside with "Decorum, Demeanor and Communication with Jurors," and when judges must disqualify themselves from presiding over a case.
  • Rule 4: Describes how a judge may "Minimiz[e] the Risk of Conflict Between a Judge's Activities and the Obligations of Judicial Office"
  • Rule 5: Provides instruction on how judges and judicial candidates should "Engag[e] in Political Activity and Judicial Campaign Activity"
  • Rule 6: Describes the "Procedure for Advisory Opinions and Consideration of Good Faith Compliance"[6]

The full text of the Oregon Code of Judicial Conduct can be found here.

Removal of judges

Judges in Oregon may be removed in one of two ways:

Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability

The Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability reviews charges or complaints against judges whose actions are in alleged violation of Article VIII of the Oregon Constitution or the Oregon Code of Judicial Conduct. If the commission files formal charges against the judge, a public hearing is then held, after which, the commission then submits its findings and recommendation of disciplinary action to the Oregon Supreme Court. The Oregon Supreme Court is the only court in the state which may discipline judges via suspension, censure, or removal of the offending judge.[8]

Recent news

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