Appeals court finds that Oregon’s online repository of court files is a public record

From Daily Journal:  The state online repository of court files is a public record, the Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled, overturning a lower-court judgment that put the state in the awkward position of arguing that its own online registry was insufficiently reliable to establish that a conviction had taken place.

The ruling came in a minor Multnomah County misdemeanor case in which a circuit court judge refused to accept a defendant's use of the Oregon Judicial Information Network as a public record to attack the credibility of a government witness.

"We disagree with the state's argument that an OJIN register is not sufficiently reliable to 'establish' the existence of a conviction," Appeals Court Judge Timothy Sercombe wrote in the ruling released last week.

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