Legal Resources

Deschutes Public Library is contracted by Deschutes County to serve as the county law library. Library staff are not attorneys and cannot offer legal advice.

Self-Help Guides

Oregon Law Help
Free legal guides and help for low-income Oregonians, run by the Center for Non-Profit Legal Services, Legal Aid and Oregon Law Center
Oregon State Bar Association Legal Information for the Public
Free legal guides and help for low-income Oregonians, run by the Center for Non-Profit Legal Services, Legal Aid and Oregon Law Center
Oregon Judicial Department Self Help Resources
Resources for people who want to learn more about Oregon’s laws and courts, or want to represent themselves in a legal matter
State of Oregon Law Library
Provides lists of Oregon legal resources for the three branches of state government as well as case histories and legal research guides by topic
Legal Information Reference Center
Username: deschutes Password: oregon Provides full-text versions of many top legal reference books including Nolo guides. This resource is shared by SOLL and is accessible from anywhere in the state
Nolo Guides
The library has Nolo guides for many areas of law in the print collection. Remember, these are not state-specific. They are good starting points for research, but will not hold all the answers for specific questions. The library maintains a complete collection of Nolo guides.

Case Law


The premier database for U.S. case history includes statutes, laws, and published and unpublished case opinions from the 1770s to present. Also includes Oregon histories. There is no remote access to the legal components of Lexis-Nexis; customers must come into the library to access them.

There are two levels of access:

  1. Lexis Advance – there is a dedicated laptop available at Downtown Bend Library reference desk, second floor. A robust subscription with Shepardizing capabilities and a significant collection of both primary and secondary sources.
  2. LexisNexis Library Express – available at all libraries on any computer terminal or with your own computer via the library’s wireless
An online library of top rated legal resources written by and for Oregon lawyers. Only available on a dedicated laptop at the Downtown Bend reference desk, second floor. A current print collection of Oregon BarBooks is also maintained at the Downtown Bend library.
Fast Case
Shared for free throughout Oregon by State of Oregon Law Library, Fastcase is a legal research tool that will let you search sources of law from Oregon, the U.S. Government and many other western states. Users must set up a free account.
Oregon Judicial Case Information Network
The full OJCIN database including Oregon eCourt Case Information (OECI) can be accessed through public terminals at Deschutes County Courthouse. OECI includes case information from all 36 of Oregon's circuit courts, in addition to the Tax & Appellate courts. Some court records are freely accessible online through the Oregon Judicial Online Records Search.
Oregon Revised Statutes


Oregon’s code of laws can be searched in two ways:

  1. ORS citations, e.g. 415.32, can be located by looking for the volume that includes the chapter number (415). What follows the decimal point is a section number within the chapter.
  2. Legal topics can be researched using the two-volume subject index.

Deschutes County Code
Can be browsed by broad subjects, or keyword searched.
City of Bend Code
Browse by chapter, or open as a PDF then use Edit>Find to search.
City of La Pine - Ordinances
Use the search box, or browse through the list.
City of Redmond Code
Open as a PDF then use Edit>Find to search.
City of Sisters Code
Open a specific type of code, then browse by Title or click Ctrl+F to search the page.
United States Code

The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives.

Oregon has only a few official legal forms, mostly for family law and small claims, with some forms available for DUII and evictions. County courts generally have some specific forms as well, typically involving family law. In many cases, you must draft your own. You will have to research the law to determine what information needs to be included.

Legal Forms – Oregon
The library subscribes to this database of Oregon-specific legal forms and sample documents. Note that forms are listed as US or OR. Those with the OR preface are specific to Oregon.
Oregon Judicial Department – Forms
Deschutes county is shifting towards relying on the state forms, so this is the link where the packets for family law cases (divorce/custody) and restraining orders are found since we use the state forms
Deschutes County Trial Court Forms
This is where local Deschutes forms can be found and you will see a list of what types of forms are housed here now at that link (e.g. certain local miscellaneous family law forms but NOT the primary packets to initiate a case, small claims, FED/landlord)
Legal Aid
541-385-6944 or 1-800-678-6944
20360 Empire Avenue, Suite B3, Bend
Legal aid is a non-profit organization that provides representation on civil cases to low-income clients throughout Oregon.
Oregon State Bar Referral Service
The referral service entitles people to an initial consultation with a lawyer of up to 30 minutes for a maximum fee of $35.
Military Assistance Panel: matches deployed service members and their dependents with lawyers willing to provide up to 2 hours of legal advice at no charge.

Problem Solvers: Free legal information and advice for children between 13- and 17-years-old.
Community Solutions of Central Oregon
1029 NW 14th St., Bend
Central Oregon’s mediation group serving the tri-county area helps with such things as family disagreements, neighbor disputes, divorce and guardianship issues, code and zoning disputes.
Deschutes County Juvenile Justice
63360 NW Britta St #1, Bend
Information on many aspects of juvenile justice including run-aways and emancipation and links to local services working with youth.
Deschutes County Victims Assistance
Contact the District Attorney’s office at 1164 NW Bond Street, Bend, Oregon 97701.
Phone: 541-388-6525
National directory of attorneys, searchable by area of expertise.
Catholic Charities of Oregon – Immigration Services
Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services (CCILS) provides high quality immigration legal services to low income immigrants and refugees.

Federal Courts

U.S. District Court: District of Oregon

State Courts

Oregon Judicial Department, Oregon Courts
The Oregon Judicial Department is made up of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, 36 Circuit Courts in 27 judicial districts (some are combined due to low number of cases), and Tax Court.
Deschutes County Circuit Court
1100 NW Bond Street, Bend
The circuit court is Oregon's trial court of general jurisdiction. It hears cases regardless of the subject matter, amount of money involved, or the severity of the crime alleged.

Municipal and County Courts

City of Bend Municipal Court
555 NE 15th St., Bend
Municipal courts primarily hear traffic violations and crimes; violations of municipal codes and ordinances; vehicle impoundments and forfeitures; and parking and pedestrian violations.
Deschutes County Justice Court
2444 SW Glacier Place, Redmond
Justice courts have jurisdiction over traffic, boating, wildlife and other violations occurring in their county.

Tribal Courts

Warm Springs Tribal Court
The mission of Tribal Court, Court Administration and the Public Administrator is to provide fair, impartial, efficient and effective resolution of criminal and civil cases and estates through the application of Tribal Laws and community standards.
Sex Offenders
The Oregon State Police has a website that lists registered sex offenders. The website has guidelines for how this information can be used that users must agree to before accessing the site.
Locating Inmates
Search for Oregon inmates using the VINELink national website. Note the offender ID number, and then call the institution where they are housed.

The Oregon Department of Corrections lists state prisons and has more information on contacting and visiting inmates.

Victims Assistance/Notification
Oregon Department of Justice – Victim Notification
Crime victim services for Oregon state residents who have been a victim of crime.

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