FAQ Topic: Justice Court FAQ

What happens at a Justice Court trial?

The officer has the burden of proof by a preponderance of the evidence. Preponderance of the evidence means the greater weight of evidence. It is evidence that has more convincing force when weighed against the opposing evidence. The officer testifies first and tells the judge the circumstances involved in the alleged violation. You can then … Continued

Do I have to pay all of the fine now?

No. You can request a payment plan.  Persons requesting a payment plan are encouraged to describe any individual circumstances that they would like the Court to consider related to their ability to pay.

How can I pay for the citation?

You can pay the fine by cash, check, debit or credit card, or a payment plan. A processing fee equal to four percent (4%) of the payment amount is added to all credit/debit transactions. Check payments cannot be processed over the phone. The Court does not recommend sending cash through the US mail.  Payments may … Continued

Will my traffic ticket fine be reduced?

Fines are set by the Oregon state Legislature, which has established a minimum and a maximum fine for each category of ticket. The Court may choose to reduce the fine amount upon request depending on your individual circumstances.

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