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Local Rules of Civil Procedure

LR 1 - Scope and Purpose

(See Fed. R. Civ. P. 1)

LR 1-1 Scope and Application

These local rules govern practice and procedure in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon in all civil actions-whether arising at law, in equity, or in admiralty-except as stated in Fed. R. Civ. P. 81.

LR 1-2 Effective Date

These local rules are effective on March 1, 2016.  Over time, individual rules have been modified, and an explanation of the changes is included in the amendment history, which is on the Court's website (ord.uscourts.gov).

LR 1-3 Citation Format

The local civil rules will be cited as "LR ____ - ____."

LR 1-4 Authority to Modify or Suspend the Local Rules

In the interest of justice, a judge may suspend or modify the application of these rules in an individual case or group of cases.

LR 1-5 Definitions

Unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions apply to all proceedings within the District of Oregon:

(a) Clerk

refers to the Clerk of the District Court and to any authorized deputy clerk.

(b) CM/ECF

is the acronym for the federal judiciary's case management and electronic case filing system. (See LR 5-2 and the Court's website at ord.uscourts.gov, under the E-Filing menu.)

(c) Counsel

includes counsel of record for any represented party, any unrepresented or pro se party, and any law student appearing pursuant to LR 83-5.

(d) Court

refers to the United States District Court for the District of Oregon and not to any particular judicial officer.

(e) Electronic Filing

means any pleading, document, exhibit, memorandum, or other material filed using the CM/ECF system. (See LR 5.)

(f) Electronic Service

means service of any electronic filing using the CM/ECF system. (See LR 5-1.)

(g) Judge or Judicial Officer

applies to any United States circuit, district, or magistrate judge exercising jurisdiction over a particular case or proceeding.

(h) Notice of Electronic Filing (See LR 5-4)

refers to the document reflecting completion of the CM/ECF transaction, displaying the case number(s), date of filing, docket text, and identifying who was notified by e-mail.

(i) Party

includes counsel of record for the represented party.

(j) PDF Text Searchable Format (See LR 5-2(b) and Section 5 of the CM/ECF User Manual available on the Court's website at ord.uscourts.gov.)

(k) Registered User

Attorneys admitted to practice in this Court pursuant to LR 83-1 and registered with the CM/ECF system pursuant to LR 83-1(e), and pro se litigants who have been granted permission by a judicial officer to electronically file documents pursuant to LR 5-1(c).

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Amendment History to LR 1
LR 1.2 The words "originally" and "Over time . . ." added.
LR 1.5(a) Delete definition of Alternate Dispute Resolution. (See LR 16-4 for expanded information on ADR programs).
LR 1.5 Sections (c), (f), (g), (h), (l), and (m) are new definitions. Sections (c), (g), (h), and (l) are necessary in order to implement the Court's electronic filing system - CM/ECF (See LR 100).
June 1, 2006
LR 1.2 The phrase ". . . have been . . ." substituted for the word "are."
LR 1.5(b) Definition text added. Court's website address amended.
LR 1.5(c) The phrase ". . . or Filed Conventionally . . ." added to the definition.
LR 1.5(d) The word "includes" substituted for ". . . refers to . . ."
The word "any" substituted for the word "to."
The letter "s" dropped from "students."
LR 1.5(f) Deleted definition of "Document."
Subsequent sections renumbered.
LR 1.5(I) Deleted definition of Filing User.
Added definition for Notice of Electronic Filings.
Subsequent sections renumbered.
LR 1.5(k) Added definition for PDF.
LR 1.5(l) Deleted definition of Pleading.
Added definition for Registered User.
December 1, 2009
Generally The citation format changed from "___.___" to "___-___" throughout the Local Rules.
The word "shall" has been replaced by "must" or "will" throughout the Local Rules.
Cross-references updated.
LR 1-5(b) Court's website address amended.
LR 1-5(c) Eliminated definition of "conventionally filed or filed conventionally."
Subsequent sections renumbered.
LR 1-5(k) Amended to include pro se litigants who have been granted permission by a judicial officer to electronically file documents to the definition of a Registered User.
LR-6 Former LR 6 was deleted as unnecessary.
March 1, 2012
LR 1-5(j) Update reference for the Practice Tip location from LR 100-5 to LR 100-2.
March 1, 2013
LR 1 General clerical corrections to italicize the word "See" and adding missing periods in parenthetical references that are not included in the title of a rule.
LR 1-5(b) Reference to the Court's Internet address corrected to be ord.uscourts.gov and added hyperlink to the website.
LR 1-5(j) Reference to LR 100-2 Practice Tips made plural.
March 1, 2014
LR 1-2 The word "any" (referring to "any changes") was changed to "the" (so the sentence refers to "an explanation of the changes…").
LR 1-5 Updated generally to remove the words "The term" at the beginning of each definition and to replace references to the former LR 100. The words "pro se" were italicized.
LR 1-5(b) The words "under the E-Filing menu" were added to further describe where information may be found on the Court's website.
LR 1-5(e) Removed the words "authorized to be" and "the Internet."
LR 1-5(f) Removed the words "over the Internet."
LR 1-5(h) Added additional descriptors of the Notice of Electronic Filing to include "displaying the case number(s), date of filing, docket text" and identifying who was notified "by e-mail."
LR 1-5(j) Modified the rule reference from the former Practice Tips at LR 100-2 to LR 5-2(b) and Section 5 of the CM/ECF User Manual available on the Court's website at ord.uscourts.gov.
May 1, 2015
LR 1-2 Changed to reflect current effective date and location of amendment history.
March 1, 2016
LR 1-2 Changed "May 1, 2015" to "March 1, 2016" to reflect the current effective date.
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