Sherman County Justice Court is the judicial branch of county government, and processes citations issued by law enforcement agencies for traffic violations, boating violations, fish and game violations and other civil violations. The Court also handles small claims and eviction actions, and the Justice of the Peace performs weddings as his schedule permits.
How to Respond if you are Charged with a Violation
If you have received a ticket for a traffic violation or some other form of violation, there are important steps that you must follow. You are innocent until proven guilty and you have the right to defend yourself or to obtain an attorney for your defense. Because these are not criminal charges, you are not entitled to a court-appointed attorney. The document you received at the time you were cited is called the summons. The summons contains important information and you should read it carefully. You are required to respond to your summons. You may do so by personally appearing at the appearance time indicated on the summons or by written appearance, which must be received by the Court on or before the date of your Court appearance. Any requests for mitigation must be received prior to making payment. As stated on the back of the summons, you have the right to enter a plea of not guilty or no contest.
Sherman County Justice Court Traffic Diversion Program
The Court offers a diversion program for eligible defendants who are interested in an opportunity to possibly avoid a conviction. In order to be eligible for this program, a defendant cannot have been convicted of a moving traffic violation within the past three years or participated in any other program to keep a conviction off the driving record anywhere within the past five years. For a speeding violation, the alleged speed cannot be more than 85 miles per hour if cited on Interstate 84, not more than 75 miles per hour if cited on US 97 or any other rural non-Interstate Highway, or more than fifteen miles per hour over the speed limit if cited in an area with a posted speed of 45 miles per hour or less. Commercial drivers are not eligible for the program.
If a defendant is approved for the program, a $100.00 fee will be payable to the Court. Completion of a traffic safety class, at the defendant's additional expense, will also be required. Finally, a compliance period, beginning on the date the citation was issued and ending on a date that is a certain number of months following completion of the class, will be in effect, during which time no further violations will be allowed.
At the end of the compliance period, if all terms of the diversion have been successfully completed, the charge will be dismissed. In the event that a participant in the program does not comply with all the terms of the diversion, the presumed fine, less the amount previously paid, will be due and a conviction will be entered on the driving record.
If you would like to participate in the Sherman County Justice Court Traffic Diversion Program, please complete the application form which may be printed from the link below. Requests for Diversion must be made prior to payment of the presumptive fine.
Directions to the Sherman County Courthouse
- When coming from I-84 either westbound or eastbound:
Travel to Biggs Junction at milepost 104. If you are coming from the east, take the off ramp and turn left (southbound) on Highway 97. If you are coming from the west, take the off ramp and turn right (southbound) on Highway 97. Moro, Oregon, is located 18 miles from Biggs Junction. When you arrive in Moro, you will see the Bank of Eastern Oregon on the right. It is located on Highway 97 and Fourth Street. There is a courthouse sign at that corner directing you up the hill. Turn right and go to the top of the hill and turn right on Court Street. The Court House is the predominate building on the left. Handicapped parking is located at the rear of the building, and all other parking is in front. Justice Court is on the second floor at the top of the stairs, on the right.
- When you are coming on Highway 97 northbound:
Travel to Moro, Oregon, which is located at milepost 19. Drive through until you reach Highway 97 and Fourth Street. You will see the Bank of Eastern Oregon on your left. There is a court house sign at that corner directing you up the hill. Turn left and go to the top of the hill and turn right on Court Street. The Court House is the predominate building on the left. Handicapped parking is located at the rear of the building, and all other parking is in front. Justice Court is on the second floor at the top of the stairs, located on the right.
Sherman County Justice Court
P.O. Box 282
Moro, OR 97039
(541) 565-3029 - Fax
Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. & Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Please note that the Court does not currently allow for the submission of Court appearances or correspondence by email.
If you are sending correspondence via Federal Express or UPS, it should be sent to the following physical address:
Sherman County Justice Court
500 Court Street
Moro, OR 97039.
A written appearance may be in the form of a letter that is either typed or hand written, but must be legible. Letters may be addressed to the Honorable Ron McDermid. Any requests for mitigation must be received prior to making payment.