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April 27, 2006

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Rose Jade

The Oregon Sup Ct also otherwise affirmed the Court of Appeals which ruled that the public has no rights to access the state court jury records under the Oregon Public Records Act, or under any applicable provision of the state or federal constitution. Including Or Cons Art I sections 8, 10, 20, 31 or the 1st or 14th Amendments (equal protection) to the U.S. Constitution.

Which means that prospective or actual jurors (as members of the public) have no right to inspect or audit the jury lists to make sure that they are being compiled according to the various laws. And researchers and academics can't review them, even to assist legislators in policy decisions.

Rose Jade

Oops, I mean Art I section 33.

David Leith

Of course, if the legislature wants access to these records for whatever purpose, including to "assist legislators in policy decisions," there's nothing in this opinion to suggest it can't enact legislation providing that access.

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