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Tigard Municipal Court

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City Hall Set to Reopen
Updated 6/24/21

Starting Monday, June 28, 2021, Tigard Municipal Court Clerks will be available to assist customers in-person Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The court team is also available by phone Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 503-718-2478.

Court Appearance Date: The judge is hearing cases in-person on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If the hearing date on your citation is not a Wednesday or Thursday, you should have received a letter from the court giving you a new court date. If you have not received a letter, please contact the court (503-718-2478) prior to the date on your citation to schedule a hearing date and/or to discuss the options to resolve your case. 

Court Trials: The court is holding in-person court trials at the Tigard City Hall. Trials are held by appointment only. 

Safety Measures: All customers, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to wear masks in City of Tigard buildings. This will be revisited as the Governor lifts mask requirements.

The court is taking these additional precautions:

  • Hand-sanitizing stations provided. • Seating areas a minimum of 6’ apart. • Plexiglass partitions separating participants’ tables. • Touched surfaces sanitized between hearings. • Marked one-way travel paths. • Court clerks, at the counter, are seated behind glass partitions.

Traffic Safety Program: The Tigard Municipal Court is committed to increasing public safety on its streets by giving qualified drivers the opportunity to participate in a traffic safety program. The program is designed to heighten driver awareness and establish safer habits that lead to fewer violations and collisions. Please click on the Traffic Safety Program tab below if you are interested in learning more about the requirements of the program and to determine your eligibility.

 

Traffic Citations

To determine if your citation was filed with the Tigard Municipal Court, look at the section of your ticket titled: "YOUR COURT APPEARANCE DATE, TIME AND LOCATION ARE." If it indicates "Tigard Municipal Court" and/or "13125 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard, OR,” the information provided on this website applies to your case.

If you have received a traffic citation in Tigard, you will need to decide how you wish to plead. You may enter a plea of:

  • Not Guilty if you wish to contest the charge against you and go to trial, or
  • No Contest if you do not want to contest the charge but would like to provide an explanation for the violation and/or see if you are eligible to get the fine lowered.

You may enter your plea in one of three ways: 

  1. By mail, following the instructions on the citation; or
  2. By entering a no contest plea and paying the citation online; or
  3. By contacting a court clerk at 503-718-2478.

If you have a question about your guilt or innocence you should speak with an attorney. Oregon law prohibits court staff from providing legal advice.

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Traffic Safety Program

The City of Tigard is committed to increasing public safety on its streets by giving qualified defendants the opportunity to participate in a traffic safety program.  Programs are designed to heighten driver awareness and establish safer habits that lead to fewer violations and collisions.

Eligibility requirements:
To qualify for a program you must meet the standards established for the specific program. Most often that will include:

  • The ticket involving a single moving violation.
  • No convictions for a moving violation or traffic crime within the last five years.
  • No participation in a court-supervised traffic safety class within the last five years.
  • Having a valid non-commercial driver license or permit.

Program Requirements:

  1. You must contact a court clerk by phone, to determine eligibility, before doing any of the remaining steps
  2. Enter a plea of No Contest.
  3. Sign-up for a specific traffic school class (the court will provide the class information).
  4. Pay the court program fee in full within the 120-day period.
  5. Contact the school, pay the registration fee and register for the class.
  6. Successfully complete the class.
  7. Provide proof of completion of the class to the court within the 120-day period.

Successful completion of the program within 120-days will result in the ticket being dismissed. The court will not extend the completion date for any reason.

If you are interested in applying for the Traffic Safety Program, please contact the court at 503-718-2478.
 

Paying a Citation

The court accepts cash, checks, money orders and VISA, MasterCard and Discover Card for payment of fines.  Payment is not accepted over the telephone.

» Payment Options
» Online Payments

#1
:  If you wish to pay your fine by mail, please make your check or money order payable to the City of Tigard, include the citation number on the check or money order, and attach your traffic citation. You may also submit a written explanation if you wish. If you decide to plead no contest by regular mail, you must submit the full presumptive fine amount for each violation on your citation.  

#2: If you wish to pay your fine online, you will be required to plead no contest during that process.  
 

Getting Legal Advice

In minor traffic and civil infraction cases, you have the right to be represented by an attorney of your choice at your own expense. In such minor cases, defendants and respondents are not entitled to a court-appointed attorney. The Oregon State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service can be useful if you need help finding an attorney.

Court clerks can provide you with information about entering a plea, making a payment, requesting a court trial, and other court procedures, rules and practices.  However they are prohibited by law (ORS 9.160) from giving legal advice including:
 
  • Speculating about how the judge might decide your case;
  • Advising you what to say in court or in court forms; or
  • Recommending one procedure or form over another.

Court Rules

IN THE MUNICIPAL COURT OF THE CITY OF TIGARD
COUNTY OF WASHINGTON - STATE OF OREGON

INDEX TO COURT RULES
Rule 1:  Presumptive Fine Schedule
Rule 2:  Establish Violations Bureau and Set Fine Schedule
Rule 3:  Additional Violations Bureau Authority and Procedures
Rule 4:  Resets of Arraignments, Trials and Hearings
Rule 6:  Traffic Diversion Program
Rule 9:  Tigard Youth Court 
Rule 10:  Service of Warrants in Juvenile Matters
Rule 11:  Procedures for Juvenile Expunction Proceedings
Rule 12:  Procedures for Civil Infractions
Rule 13:  Collection of Unpaid Judgments
Rule 16:  Establishing Court Fees and Costs
Rule 17: Times for Holding Court
Rule 18:  Former Court Rules
Rule 20: Uncollectible Judgments
Rule 21:  Recordings of Court Proceedings
Temporary Court Rule 2021-03: Moratorium on Filing Certain Classes of Violations relating to expired DMV Credentials
 

Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road are a collection of articles written to educate the public about traffic safety and Oregon laws. The articles have covered a wide variety of topics over the years. We hope you will enjoy these short yet informative pieces.  If you have suggestions for future articles, please submit your ideas to the court clerk

See the collection of Rules of the Road.
 

Civil Infractions

Civil Infractions are violations of the Tigard Municipal Code, that are punishable by a civil penalty but not jail time. Civil infractions can be a one-time occurrence or may be a  continuous violation with the possibility of penalties accruing each day. Some of the most common infractions are neighborhood nuisances and violations of the zoning, building and business-license ordinances.

For more detailed information about civil infractions and the court process see Civil Infractions in the Tigard Municipal Court: Frequently Asked Questions. 
 

Marriage Ceremonies

The court conducts marriage ceremonies by prior arrangement only. Couples must have a valid marriage license and bring two witnesses. For more information, please contact the court at 503-718-2478.

En-Espanol
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Contact
Court Clerks
503-718-2478 | Email

Presiding Judge
Emily Oberdorfer
Judge Oberdorfer
Welcome Judge Oberdorfer
The City of Tigard has selected Emily Oberdorfer to serve as its new municipal court judge. Details here.


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Municipal Court Location

Located inside City Hall
13125 SW Hall Blvd; Tigard, OR 97223

Hours of Operation
Mon-Thurs: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Disclaimer: The information provided on this site does not constitute legal advice. It is offered for your information only. While we make every effort to provide reliable information, there is no guarantee as to its accuracy. For legal advice specific to your situation, contact your lawyer or call the Oregon State Bar's Lawyer Referral Service at 503-684-3763 or toll-free in Oregon at 800-452-7636. 

 

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