Municipal Court

Announcements

Update on Eugene Municipal Court Operations During COVID-19

Posted: 04/12/2021

To meet requirements and protect public health, Municipal Court operations adjust according to the Lane County assigned risk level.  Please check the risk level here

 

Extreme

  • Court doors closed to the public
  • Public viewing available in limited capacity
  • All non-essential, in person, trials postponed
  • Staff work from home as available (6 ½ FTE)
  • In-custody appearances (Lane County Jail & Springfield Jail)
  • Virtual appearances available
  • Online options available
  • Mask required
  • No court visitors

High

  • Court doors open by appointment only
  • No court visitors
  • Most court staff work on-site (3 FTE)
  • 24 hours’ notice required for court visitors; only parent, guardian, or care-giving agency; limit 1 person
  • Public viewing available in limited capacity
  • In-custody appearances (Lane County Jail & Springfield Jail)
  • Virtual appearances available
  • Online options available
  • Community Court - inside
  • 50% building capacity
  • Mask required

Moderate

  • Court doors open by appointment only
  • All staff on-site
  • 24 hours’ notice required for court visitors; only parent, guardian, or care-giving agency; limit 1 person
  • Public viewing available in limited capacity
  • All appearance options available
  • Virtual appearances available
  • Online options available
  • Jury trials as scheduled
  • 75% building capacity
  • Mask required

Low

  • Court doors open to the public for court business only
  • All staff on-site
  • Mask required
  • Public viewing available
  • All appearance options available
  • Virtual appearances available
  • Online options available
  • Jury trials as scheduled
  • 100% building capacity; maintain 6 ft distance


Court business can be conducted online and through virtual appearances.  Please use the contact information listed below.

 

Note to local attorneys and social service agencies providing support for community members: If someone other than the attorney of record is coming for a court appearance, the court needs notification 24 hours in advance. Please contact the court for more information on how to be granted admittance to the courthouse.

 

The court has created several ways to resolve citations remotely:

  • Payments for parking, violations, and crimes can be paid online.
  • Those who believe they qualify for fine reduction or deferral programs may mail, email, or use the court dropbox for a clerk review. This may also be completed using the Municipal Court’s online form.
  • Those who would like to dispute citations can request a trial to be set via email, mail, or placed in the dropbox outside of the courthouse. The court will respond to the dispute in writing: please make sure there is a correct address in the correspondence. This may also be completed using the Municipal Court’s online form.
  • Those with pending criminal cases should contact their defense attorney.

 

Contact Eugene Municipal Court

Court 

Court Appointed Attorney Contacts

  • Eckart Wostmann Wiese: 541-689-3261
  • Rosta & Connelly: 541-343-8111
  • Jessica Saydack: 541-852-2141

Municipal Court COVID-19 Safety Precautions

  • The court is limits occupancy based on risk level.
  • Everyone will wear a face covering in public spaces and in secured areas.
  • Everyone will be asked a set of health questions prior to entry at the front door (no temperatures will be taken at the front door).
  • Defendants coming to be fingerprinted will be temperature checked prior to fingerprinting.
  • Doors will be propped open as much as possible to minimize touching of handles.
  • Furniture has been adjusted to accommodate sanitization and proper physical distancing.
  • The court will have cleaning services on-site during the day and a full sanitization cleaning each evening.
  • The court has added footprints and other markings throughout the courthouse to provide visual cues for where to sit or wait with appropriate physical distance.

 

General Information

The Eugene Municipal Court was established by City Charter to adjudicate violations of the City’s municipal laws occurring within the city limits.


The City of Eugene has also adopted the Oregon State Vehicle Code by ordinance, which gives the Eugene Municipal Court jurisdiction over these offenses within the City.


All Eugene Municipal Court proceedings are governed by State of Oregon laws governing justice courts. Keeping in mind the unique nature of the Eugene community, the Eugene Municipal Court offers fair and reasonable adjudication of cases and, where appropriate, the imposition of sanctions.


Court sanctions may include fines, time in jail, community service, road / work crew, diversion / probation, or other alternative programs, depending upon the severity of the offense and the defendant’s history with the court.


Disclaimer

The information on this site does not constitute legal advice, it is provided for information only. While we make every effort to provide accurate information, there is no guarantee as to the a