The Municipal Court is the judicial branch of the City of Oregon City government. It has jurisdiction over most city and state traffic offenses committed within city limits and most misdemeanor crimes. It doesn't handle any DUII, civil or small claims cases.
This Court adopts the provisions of the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure, Uniform Trial Court Rules Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and Clackamas County Supplementary Local Rules if applicable to municipal court proceedings. Municipal Court is a court of limited jurisdiction and is not a court of record, except as set forth in these Local Rules.
The Municipal Court can answer questions about the court schedule, minimum fine amounts, and other administrative matters, but cannot give legal advice. If you need legal advice, you should consult an attorney. For help in finding one, call the Oregon State Bar's Lawyer Referral Service at 503-684-3763 or 800-452-7636.
Did you know can take care of a traffic violation before the court date and within (3) days of receiving the citation? Visit the Court Payments page for more information.
The court clerks are available and appreciate being able to assist you before the date listed on your citation to shorten your length of time in court. The court offers assistance online, email or if you prefer to come in Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm. The time and date you must take care of citation and select an option is listed on the front and at the very bottom of your ticket. If requested, we may allow for one extension. Please email staff if you would like to request a new date.
Driving Uninsured: Bring or send in proof of insurance to the Court clerk before your scheduled court date. Make sure that the proof of insurance shows that the vehicle cited had insurance in force at the time of your citation (ticket). Please make sure you have a hard copy. We are not able to accept it on your phone.
A No Contest plea results in a guilty finding in if the Judge finds all elements of the citation to be in order. A no contest plea preserves the right to appeal to a higher court if you appeared before the Judge.
A Not Guilty plea will result in a trial. Not guilty means you deny one or more of the elements of the citation and wish to proceed to trial at a future date set by the court. You will be notified in person or by mail of the trial date.
Proper court Attire Required. No shorts allowed if appearing before the Judge.You have four options available to you when responding to the violation(s) on your citation:
- Enter a No Contest Plea and pay in full online or mail in signed citation with full payment. If you would like a payment plan please see a clerk to sign agreement prior to court date listed if possible.
Note: A clerk may receive documentation of fixable items via email or in person. For further detail please see FIX IT tab. A minimal administrative fee is due at time of dismissal of $40 dollars per item.
The court is currently offering a Diversion Program for those that quality. Must have a clean driving record for 5 years and no prior classes taken anywhere. Minor aged students that are first time offenders may qualify for special diversion program. These are guidelines but it is up to the judge's discretion.
- Enter a No Contest Plea by signed Appearance with a letter with any documentation, full payment, and your contact information. There is no need to appear with this option and correspondence will be reviewed by presiding judge so long as it is received not later than assigned court date listed on your citation, otherwise you will be found guilty by default and additional fines may be imposed. Please list phone number with correspondence or email.
- Not Guilty Plea - Mail signed citation with contact information including email, mailing address, and phone number. It must be received no later than date on your citation or you will be found guilty by default and full presumptive fine may be imposed. A trial date and information will be sent to you. The trial date is when you will be in front of the judge and proper dress attire is required. Please note Diversion will not be offered day of trial.
Request trial in Person before the date on your citation or via email. Please submit completed trial form. A trial date will be emailed or mailed to you. Trial request form available under FORMS
Note: At trial, you and the police officer will appear in court to present evidence about your citation. Evidence can include the testimony of you and the officer, the testimony of any witnesses, and photographs or diagrams.
Non-attorney trials are informal and take 20 minutes or less. The judge will hear the evidence and make a decision at the end of the trial.
If you choose to hire an attorney, make sure that he or she notifies the court as soon as possible, no later than 10 days prior to the trial. A new trial date will be set.
- Trial by Affidavit -This request must be submitted no later than the date listed on your citation. You must not live in the area in order for the judge to consider your eligibility. Typically you must be approximately 60 miles or more out of the area. Please provide your contact information including email, phone number and mailing address. If the presiding judge approves a trial by affidavit, the following will occur. The court must receive the written plea to submit to the Judge on your trial date. The Officer may submit his written plea or chose to be present. After the Judge makes a decision, you will be notified by email or telephone of the outcome. If you do not submit you affidavit by the trial date you will be found guilty by default and additional fines may be imposed
Contact the Court
Presiding Judge: The Honorable Amy Lindgren.
Hours and Days of Operation
The Municipal Court is located inside the Robert Libke Safety Building at 1234 Linn Avenue, Oregon City, OR 97045.
Court Schedule: The office is open from 8 am to 5 pm. Monday through Friday. It is closed weekends and legal holidays. Fines and fees will be accepted by Municipal Court staff until 5 pm. Monday through Friday on business days as prescribed by statute. Please check your citation for appearance or contact the court staff.
Oregon City Municipal Court handles most traffic tickets, violations and misdemeanors originating in Oregon City.
Contact Clackamas County Circuit Court for Felony, DUII, Civil Matters and Victim Advocates 503-655-8447.
Driving Directions: From SB I-205 and NB I-205: Take Exit 10 southbound, Highway 213 exit. Turn right and head south on Highway 213. Turn right on Beavercreek Road Turn right on Molalla Avenue. Turn left on Warner Milner Road We are approximately 4 blocks down on your right. If you pass Linn Avenue the main parking lot will be on your right.