Hears violations, including traffic citations, small claims and evictions issued in Clackamas County
Justice Court will be closed on Nov. 28 and 29 in observance of Thanksgiving.
Entering The Court Building
What to expect when you come to your court appearance date.
- Arrive early. You are required to pass through “airport” type screening and search at the main entry.
- Weapons are strictly prohibited in the courtroom and the court facility.
- Drugs, controlled substances, contraband or paraphernalia are not allowed in the court facility.
- All electronic devices, including cellular phones, must be turned off.
- Recording equipment and cameras are not allowed without advance permission of the judge.
- No smoking, food, drink, or gum is allowed in the courtroom.
- Suitable attire is required: Shoes, pants, shirts or similar attire must be worn. No shorts, tank tops, excessively soiled, damaged, or ill-fitting clothing is allowed in the courtroom.
- Remove hats upon entering the courtroom.
- Be polite and courteous to all court personnel and those around you.
Weddings and Civil Unions
The judge performs marriages most Fridays at 1:30 p.m. by appointment. Please call the court at 503-794-3800 to check availability and schedule your wedding. You will be required to provide the following on the day of your marriage:
- A current Clackamas County Marriage License
- Government issued photo ID
- Two witnesses (the Court may be able to provide you with witnesses)
Minor In Possession of Alcohol or Marijuana
A person under 21 years of age may not attempt to purchase, purchase or acquire alcoholic beverages and may not have personal possession of alcoholic beverages. Personal possession of alcoholic beverages includes the acceptance or consumption of a bottle of such beverages, or any portion thereof, or a drink of such beverage for a person under age 21.
A person under 21 years of age may not possess, attempt to purchase, or purchase a marijuana item. Purchasing a marijuana item includes accepting a marijuana item, and possessing a marijuana item includes consuming a marijuana item in the last 24 hours.
MIP is a class A violation with a penalty of presumptive fine of $440 if a person under age 21 is operating a motor vehicle while in personal possession of alcoholic beverages or by possessing a marijuana item. The maximum fine is $2,000.
MIP is a class B violation with a penalty of a presumptive fin of $265 if a person is on foot or a passenger in a motor vehicle. The maximum fine is $1,000.7296
A citation for the offense of MIP requires you to personally appear before the Judge. Your first court appearance date and time is in on the face of the citation given to you by the police officer.7296
A fine will be ordered. If you were operating a motor vehicle, the sentence may include a one year suspension of driving privileges and may include your right to apply for a driver's license. The license suspension starts on the date of conviction. If you have a driver's license, the Judge will take your license in the courtroom and send it to the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). At the end of your license suspension period, you must contact DMV and pay a reinstatement fee to get a new driver's license before you drive a vehicle or apply for your driver's license.
For a first offense, you will be eligible to reinstate your driving privileges 90 days after the suspension start date if you complete the following: the fine is paid in full; an education class is completed; a letter is submitted to the Judge stating what you have learned; and you contact the Court to request reinstatement of your driving privileges.7296
A fine will be ordered. You will be required to undergo a diagnostic assessment. The evaluator will refer you to an information program or to a treatment program designed for counseling. You will pay for the cost of your assessment and the treatment program ordered. The sentence may include a one year suspension of driving privileges.7296