DIGEST OF INSURANCE LAW OREGON
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CIVIL JUDICIAL SYSTEM Courts of Original Jurisdiction
Oregon has a number of infe- rior courts of limited original civil and criminal jurisdiction. These in- clude justice courts (Or. Rev. Stat. Chapters 51, 156), municipal courts (Or. Rev. Stat. §221.339), and county courts (Or. Rev. Stat. Ch. 5).
§305.405. Tax court and circuit courts have concurrent jurisdiction to try actions or suits to determine priority of tax liens in relation to other liens and the validity of cer- tain deeds, conveyances, transfer, or assignment of real or person property where the Oregon De- partment of Revenue has or claims a lien or other interest in the prop- erty. Or. Rev. Stat. §305.410(2).
Oregon has thirty-six counties divided into twenty-seven judicial districts. There is one circuit court for each of Oregon’s twenty-seven
judicial districts. Or. §3.012.
Circuit courts have jurisdiction over all civil and criminal matters not vested exclusively in some other court. Or. Const. Art. VII, §9 (Original). Circuit courts have con- current jurisdiction with justice and municipal courts over certain crimi- nal and civil matters. Or. Rev. Stat. §3.132.
Tax Court has “sole, exclusive and final judicial authority” for all questions of law and fact arising under tax laws of Oregon. Or. Rev. Stat. §305.410(1). Decisions of tax court are binding on all parties until changed, if at all, by the decision of the Oregon Supreme Court on ap- peal. Or. Rev. Stat. §305.440(1). The “sole and exclusive remedy” for review of tax court decisions or orders is by appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court. Or. Rev. Stat. §305.445.
Circuit courts have appellate jurisdiction from justice, county and municipal courts. Or. Const. Art. VII, §9 (Original). Appeal from cir- cuit courts is to court of appeals.
Oregon Tax Court is a court of record and of general jurisdiction.
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Oregon has two appellate courts. The Oregon Court of Ap- peals has exclusive jurisdiction over all appeals except those where original jurisdiction is con- ferred upon the Oregon Supreme Court, and except as provided for by statute. The court of appeals is composed of one chief judge and nine associate judges elected from state at large .
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